The Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is in charge of processing Maryland title transfers into and within the state. You may find yourself in need to transfer a vehicle title if:

  • You recently moved to the state and need to transfer your out-of-state title
  • You recently purchased a new or used vehicle
  • You’ve been gifted or will be gifted a vehicle from an immediate family member

While each situation will require the submission of particular forms, the overall process is the same. If you are transferring a title from out of state, you can submit the forms and car title fees by mail to the MVA’s Out-of-State Title Unit at 6601 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie, MD 21062. Transfer request for recently purchased or gifted vehicles must be completed at your local MVA office although the new title issued will need to be mailed to you.

Insurance Requirements

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:

  • $30,000 for bodily injury
  • $60,000 for 2 or more people
  • $15,000 property damage

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.

Title and Lien Issues

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.

Title and Lien Issues

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.

Boat Registrations

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.