Maryland car registration renewals

Determine the Status of Your RegistrationRegistration-Renewals

Renew MD Registration
You must renew your car’s registration every two years.

Register for the First Time
If you recently moved to the state or bought a vehicle, you must follow the process for first-time registration.

Register a Non-Operational Vehicle
When you decide to take your vehicle off the road, you must turn in the plates before cancel your insurance or you will be fined. When you are ready to drive the vehicle again:

* Find the title
* Fill out registration application
* Bring payment for the fees
* Go to any full-service MVA

Check Your Renewal NoticeRegistration-Renewals

You’ll get a renewal notice about two months before your registration is due to expire. If you didn’t get one, call (800) 950-1682

You must also get an emissions inspection every two years. You renewal notice may include inspections information, too.

Calculate Your FeesRegistration-Renewals

Your renewal notice will include how much you owe. There are no late fees if you miss your registration’s expiration date, but you may be ticketed if a police officer pulls you over and you do not have valid registration.

Renew Online, In Person, By Mail, or By TelephoneRegistration-Renewals

If you have any outstanding tickets or car insurance issues, your only renewal option is in person.

Renew In Person
Visit any full service MVA office, title agent office, of your county treasurer’s office with the following:

* Renewal notice
* Emissions certificate, if required
* Proof of insurance
* Expiring registration certificate
* Payment for fees


* Be sure you’ve taken care of any emissions requirements
* Have your eight-digit title number and license plate number on hand
* Have a check or Visa, MasterCard, or American Express to pay the fee
* Go to the state’s e-MVA or visit an e-MVA kiosk location
* If your registration is expiring very soon, print out a receipt to serve as your temporary registration certificate. It is good for 10 days.

By Mail

* Find your renewal notice
* Take care of any inspections requirements
* Enter any corrections or changes on the renewal notice if needed
* Check the insurance information on the renewal notice. If it doesn’t include any, fill it in.
* Include any certifications, if applicable, that must accompany the renewal notice
* Mail the notice, certifications (if applicable), and check or money order in the provided envelope. Include your phone number and driver’s license number on the check.
* Expect your new registration certificate and stickers in the mail in about 10 days

By Telephone
If your name, address, insurance, and vehicle information are correct on your renewal notice, you may renew by phone.

* Take care of any emissions inspections, if required
* Find your renewal card
* Have a Visa, American Express, or MasterCard to pay
* Call (888) 834-7344 and follow the instructions
* Expect your new registration certificate and stickers in the mail in about 10 days

At MVA on Wheels
Call (800) 950-1682 for schedule information and MVA on Wheels bus stops.

Affix Your StickersRegistration-Renewals

Affix your registration to the rear plate.

Get a Tax DeductionRegistration-Renewals

You cannot claim these fees as a tax deduction.

Do Your Part to Keep Our Roadways SafeRegistration-Renewals

Enhance your vehicle’s safety by sticking to a maintenance routine that includes regular tune-ups, oil changes, and tire rotations. Consider getting an after-market warranty and enrolling in a roadside assistance program, as well. Be sure you have a trusted mechanic who can keep your vehicle running in top condition.