Commonly Asked Questions
Questions we typically receive from customers
What is a title?
A title is a document issued by the MVA that represents ownership of a motor vehicle [i.e., cars, trucks, motorcycles and trailers, autocycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, ATV’s and UTV’s] as well as trailers, motorhomes and manufactured homes.
What is a Lien Release?
A lien release is a document that provides proof to the MVA that all loans have been paid off on the motor vehicle [i.e., cars, trucks, motorcycles and trailers, autocycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, ATV’s and UTV’s] as well as trailers, motorhomes and manufactured homes before it can be re-titled in a new owner’s name.
To remove the lien from the title, the MVA will accept the following documents:
MVA Security Interest Filing
Original letter from the Loan Company
Non-Maryland titles may have the lien release on the Certificate of Title
What vehicles must be titled in Maryland?
All motor vehicles [i.e., cars, trucks, motorcycles and trailers, autocycles, scooters, mopeds, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, ATV’s and UTV’s] as well as trailers, motorhomes and manufactured homes must be titled in Maryland.
What should I do if the vehicle I am buying does not have a title?
If the seller of the vehicle is the registered owner, they can get a duplicate title from the MVA. If the seller of the vehicle is not the registered owner and they cannot produce a title, do not buy the vehicle.
Can you issue temporary tags at your location?
Yes. We can issue a 30-day temporary tags for cars, trucks, motorcycles, and trailers so that you can go to the inspection station, the emissions station, and even to the repair shop if you need to.
When do I need a Bill of Sale?
The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration requires a Notarized Bill of Sale when:
The motor vehicle and/or trailer was purchased at a dealership or auction,
The motor vehicle and/or trailer is newer that 7-years old
If no bill of sale is available, the MVA will use the NADA Clean Retail Value
How often do I have to have my vehicle safety inspected in Maryland?
Maryland requires that eligible vehicles be safety inspected one time for each owner.
When is a Maryland Safety Inspection required?
All motor vehicles and/or trailers are required to be Maryland Safety inspected. There are a few exceptions and those exceptions are Temp Tags, Title Only, Certain Gift Transfers, Historic, Street Rod or Farm Area K-Tags]
How often do I have to have my vehicle emissions tested in Maryland?
Maryland requires that eligible vehicles be emissions tested every two years.
My truck passed inspection and the shop owner told me the results are online at the MVA.
The results of the Maryland State Safety Inspection are now being placed online with the MVA for participating inspection stations. If the station does not participate with the online program, they will provide you with a green and a gold inspection certificate.
My renewal notice was not mailed to me or I lost it. Can you renew my tags without it?
Yes. We can renew your tags without the MVA’s Renewal Notice on-the-spot.
I am new to Maryland. How long do I have to register my vehicles?
You have 60-days of moving to Maryland to register your vehicles. If you delay, you may not be eligible for the titling tax credit paid you paid in another state. You may also be subject to a citation.
How much is this going to cost me?
The MVA fees are collected at the time of the transaction along with a small fee for our service. Our fee depends on the service we provide.
Do I need to return my tags before cancelling my insurance?
Yes. When the MVA believes that your tags are out there uninsured, they impose a $150 penalty for the first 30-days and $7 per day until the insurance compliance problem is fixed.
There was more to fix on my car than I thought. Can I extend my temporary tags?
No. The MVA will not extend or re-issue temporary tags; no exceptions.
What are the insurance requirements in Maryland?
All motor vehicles registered in Maryland must be insured with an insurance company licensed in Maryland and carry coverage of $30,000 for bodily injury per person, $60,000 for bodily injury for two or more people and $15,000 for property damage.
What is the difference between Street Rod tags and Historic tags?
A historic vehicle is 20-years old and older and stock. A street rod vehicle is 25-years old and older and substantially modified. These vehicles may not be your daily driver or used to and from work and school.
Can I return tags at your store? I do not want to go to the MVA just to return tags.
Yes. You can return tags at our store.
Can you help us title, tag and register a homemade trailer?
Yes. We have titled, tagged and registered many homemade trailers.
My license plate must have fallen off at the car wash. Can you get me a replacement?
Yes. We can issue substitute tags, stickers and registration cards on-the-spot.
What is a “Restricted” Power of Attorney and why do I have to sign one?
This form is provided by the MVA to allow Diversified Tag & Title Services to act on your behalf if your transaction must be performed at a full service MVA location.
Does it take long to transfer my title and get tags at your store?
We try very hard to provide each-and-every customer with excellent personal customer care, and we try even harder to get you in-and-out in under ten minutes if possible.