A Guide to Transferring License Plates in Maryland

A Guide to Transferring License Plates in Maryland

Transferring license plates from an old vehicle to a brand new one can be a tricky proposition.

Transferring license plates from an old vehicle to a brand new one can be a tricky proposition. After all, you want to make sure that you are following all state and county laws regulating the process. If you need a guide on how to do it, then you are in luck. Read on to learn more!

How Do I Make the Transfer?

You might be wondering how to complete the transfer. Seeking the answer to that question is much less arduous than you might expect. You must provide the same name for the same vehicle as you did for the old one. Then the vehicle classification for the new car must be the same as the original one. Lastly, you must divest yourself of the original vehicle – selling it counts, as does trading it. You can also choose to junk it or dispose of it in some other way. In any case, two cars with the same registration information are prohibited. 

How Does Registration Work? 

The next question you will have is in regards to the registration process. You must request a transfer of plates when the time comes to register your new or new-to-you vehicle. Registration for this service takes place at any branch office of the MVA. Licensed tag and title services can also help you out should you need it. Also, you’ll need several documents to make the process move along more quickly. These are as follows:

  • The application form
  • Insurance cards
  • Registration cards
  • Safety inspection certificates 

Another part of the process is making sure that all of the title documentation is handled ahead of time. 

Do I Need to Pay Any Fees?

Paying a fee depends on the circumstances under which you are transferring your vehicle’s license plates. If there is still at least twelve months left before the plates expire, then you will have to pay a fee. This fee is known as the base registration/tag transfer fee. If the newer vehicle is more massive than the old one, then you are required to another charge. The difference is added to the overall cost of the transfer fee. 

If there are fewer than twelve months left on the current registration, there is also a necessary fee. The registration renewal fee covers the next year on the vehicle that you register, and it receives a new registration sticker accordingly.   

How to Contact Us

When you need help navigating the DMV in DC and Virginia, or the MVA in Maryland, then get in touch. Our online contact form can make it easier for you to reach us. Just be sure to leave your name, phone number, email address, and a short description of how we can help you with; our phone number is 202-342-2558, and our email address is greg@usvrs.com. Are you on social media? Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!


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