Maryland License Plate Information Summary
Getting license plates in Maryland is easy. You'll receive them the first time you register your vehicle. After that, to keep them up to date you simply need to renew your registration. Once you have them, in general you can transfer them to a new vehicle. In some instances, you may be asked to surrender your Maryland license plates.
Maryland License Plates Offered
Maryland offers standard plates, vanity plates, disabled plates, and organization plates. To find out if there are plates for your favorite organization, contact the Maryland Motor Vehicle Association (MVA).
You will also get stickers identifying the month and year your license plates expire that you will have to put on your rear plate.
Dealerships will provide you with temporary tags while you wait for your official tags. You have 30 days to get your official Maryland license plates.
If you want a temporary registration, you can get a safety inspection and then go in person to the MVA and pay $20. Since you have to go to the MVA anyway, though, you are better off simply getting your official plates at that time.
Should you buy from a private seller, you have 30 days to get an inspection,register your vehicle, and get your plates.
When You Need To Get Maryland License Plates
New Maryland residents have 60 days to get local license plates. If you already live in Maryland, you have 30 days from when you purchase your vehicle.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
In Maine, you renew your license plates in person at the MVA office. You have to do so every two years – online, in person, by mail, or over the phone.
If Your Maryland License Plates Are Stolen
Should your Maryland license plates be damaged or stolen, you need to go to a MVA office or contact them by mail. You do not need to go to the police or file a police report.
You'll need your driver's license and registration for the vehicle. You will be charge $20 for the replacement, and $5 to replace your stickers.
If your plates were damaged and not stolen, you'll also have to bring your remaining plates.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You can transfer your plates from a vehicle you have sold or donated to a new vehicle you purchase. You can also transfer your license plate to the car of an immediate family member (child or spouse). You will be charged $10 for the transfer.
You need to surrender your plates if you drop your car insurance or move out of state. There are drop boxes at the MVA offices where you can deposit them 24 hours a day.
If you have more than one year of registration left on your plates, you can get a refund for some of your registration fees. You need to go to your MVA office in person to request this.
Maryland License Plate Costs
For a vehicle weighing less than 3,700 pounds, license plates cost $135. For larger vehicles, they cost $187.
Motorcycles cost $104.