If you just moved to Maryland or purchased a new or used vehicle, you can complete the vehicle registration process at the time a title transfer is done. If you choose to complete the registration process after transferring a title, will need the following documents:
New Maryland residents must register their vehicle within 60 days of moving. Registering a vehicle after 60 days of moving to the state may make you ineligible for a title tax credit to cover costs for certain required fees at the time of titling and registration. You may also be issued a citation for driving with an out of state registration.
Before applying for registration, you must obtain sufficient car insurance coverage from a vehicle insurance company licensed in Maryland. You will need a policy that covers:
If you are new to Maryland and have coverage from an out-of-state provider, you will need to contact them to have them convert your policy to a Maryland one. If your current provider does not offer that, you can shop for new coverage here.
If you do not have your vehicle title because it is in the possession of a lien holder, you can have them send a copy of the title to the MVA. The MVA customer service center will need a fax number to contact your lienholder in order to obtain the title copy. Once that documentation is received, someone from the customer service center will contact you to complete the required steps outlined above.
While boat trailers and all other wheeled vehicles are registered with the MVA in Maryland, registration of vessels must be done with the Department of Natural Resources. Boat registrations must be done in person at a service center by completing the DNR B-240 form. The registration is issued for two years and the expiration is always on December 31st.