Maryland Car Registration

Registering your car can be a challenging endeavor, but dealing with registration doesn't have to be complicated. We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

1: Online Easy Guide and checklist download

Online application assistance can simplify and streamline the process for many MVA-related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the MVA, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide" specific to your needs, fast answers to tough questions and prompt service from a friendly staff. You will also receive 30 days of emergency roadside assistance at no additional cost. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the MVA in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local MVA.

3: Via a local MVA office

If your prefer to access MVA services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical MVA office location. Varying MVA offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the MVA closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local MVA allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in person visit is either preferred or required.

Read more below to see if an in-person visit is really necessary.

New Maryland car registration

If you have purchased your vehicle through a dealership then they will perform all necessary registration tasks, but if you have just bought or been gifted a car any other way, or become an official resident, you are expected to register your vehicle as soon as possible. For a list of all MVD offices and their phone numbers make sure to visit

Visit for a step-by-step guide to obtaining a new Maryland car registration.

Renewing your Maryland Vehicle Registration

Renewing your tag is an easy process in Maryland, as you are given option of renewing in person, online, by phone, at a self-service kiosk or via mail.

Maryland allows some drivers to renew their registration online, provided that they meet the certain state requirements. Make sure to have at hand your Maryland driver’s license number, date of birth, title number, and a credit card or banking information to pay the required fees listed renewal notice.

To renew your Maryland tag in-person visit for a list of MVD offices in the state of Maryland. You will also be required to present your registration renewal notice, proof of emission inspections (if applicable), payment for required fees, proof of insurance and your current registration certificate.

You are only eligible to renew by mail if you are out of state or can’t make it into an office. To renew by mail, fill in any missing information on the renewal notice and send it in along with payment for the required fees to the address listed. Be sure to take care of any emissions testing, if applicable.

If you do not feel like waiting in line, MVA offices all have self-service kiosks, which will immediately release your new registration certificate to you.

Finally, if you wish to register by phone, make sure your information is correct on your renewal notice and does not need any changes. Once you’re ready, dial 1-888-834-7344 and follow the instructions given. Your new registration should arrive within ten days.

Replacing Your Maryland Car Registration

Losing your registration can be a pain, but if you live in Maryland it is easily fixable. You can apply for a duplicate registration (for a fee of $5) either in person at any MVA office or online. 

To replace your Maryland car registration online, make sure you have at hand your license plate number, vehicle title number and a credit card for the duplicate fee.
If you prefer, you can head into your local MVA office to apply for a duplicate Maryland vehicle registration certificate. For a list of RMV offices, visit

Changing Your Address

In Maryland, changing the address on your vehicle’s registration can be done either online, by phone , or by mail.


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