Low Speed Vehicle Tags
A low speed vehicle has 4-wheels and must be able to go at least 20 miles-per-hour and go no more than 25-miles-per-hour. Additionally, the low speed vehicle cannot be used on a roadway for which the posted speed limit exceeds 30 miles-per-hour on an expressway or another controlled access highway.
Low Speed Vehicle Purchased from a Dealer: Maryland dealers regularly take care of getting a title, placing any liens on the title and registering the low speed vehicle for you.
If the dealer does not handle the titling and registration of your low speed vehicle, you may submit the application documents yourself at the Glen Burnie Headquarters location OR you can visit an MVA licensed tag and title service where they will submit your paperwork for you. Please see below for what is needed.
Low Speed Vehicle Purchased from Someone Other than a Dealer: You may submit the application documents yourself at the Glen Burnie Headquarters location OR you can visit an MVA licensed tag and title service where they will submit your paperwork for you. Please see below for what is needed.
Low Speed Vehicle that I already own; moving from another state into Maryland: You may submit the application documents yourself at the Glen Burnie Headquarters location OR you can visit an MVA licensed tag and title service where they will submit your paperwork for you. Please see below for what is needed.
SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION AND FEES REQUIRED BY MVA:
MARYLAND DRIVERS LICENSE/ID: To title, re-title, register and/or get tags for your low speed motor vehicle in Maryland, you must have a Maryland driver’s license or Maryland identification card. Your Maryland driver’s license and identification card has a Soundex number on it; that is your MVA identification number. It is very important that you make sure the information on your driver’s license or identification card is up-to-date.
Excise Tax: Excise tax is collected by the MVA when transferring ownership of your newly purchased motor vehicles or trailers of any size; unless they are exempt from paying excise tax [exemptions listed below]. To determine the excise tax paid for your newly purchased motor vehicle or trailer, the MVA will multiply the purchase price by 6%.
A notarized bill of sale is required by the MVA if:
- the vehicle is less than 7-years old; and
- the purchase price is at least $500.00 below the NADA “Clean Retail Value; and
- the new owner wants to base the excise tax they pay based on the sale price rather than the NADA “Clean Retail Value.
Certificate of Title: To apply for a new certificate of title in your name for your new or used motor vehicle or trailer, you must provide the MVA with the most current certificate of title properly signed over to you by the previous owner. However, if the vehicle is from a state that does not issue a certificate of title as proof of ownership, a transferrable registration and a bill of sale must be submitted as proof of ownership when applying for a new certificate of title in Maryland.
Lien release: If the current certificate of title to your newly purchased motor vehicle or trailer has a lien on it, a lien release or an original lien release letter from the lien holder must be submitted at the time of requesting a new certificate of title and tags. If the motor vehicle or trailer is titled in another state than Maryland, there may be a place on that certificate of title for the lien holder to sign to release the lien on the certificate of title.
LIEN RELEASE LETTER: In lieu of a lien release, the MVA will accept an original lien release letter provided by the lienholder to release the loan from the certificate of title. The lien holder must provide you with an original letter containing the items listed below to ensure that the motor vehicle or trailer is specifically identified and the lien can be properly released and removed from the certificate of title.
- Name of Lien Holder
- Amount of Original Loan
- Account Number
- Date Lien Released
- Year of Motor Vehicle or Trailer
- Make of Motor Vehicle or Trailer
- VIN of Motor Vehicle or Trailer
- Signature of Party Releasing Lien
- Printed Name of Party Releasing Lien
- Capacity of Party Releasing Lien
- Telephone Number of Party Releasing Lien
MARYLAND SAFETY INSPECTION: Not Required on a Low Speed Vehicle
New Lien information: If you borrowed money to buy your new or used motor vehicle or trailer, the lien holder information must be placed onto the certificate of title to ensure that the loan/lien is paid off before transferring the motor vehicle or trailer to a new owner. If a second lien is to be placed onto the certificate of title, the MD MVA form VR-217; Security Interest Filing must be used to add the second lien.
Lease agreement and proof of monthly lease payments (leased vehicles only) – If you have paid or are paying excise tax to another state through your lease payments, the documents may be needed to determine the amount of excise tax credit you may receive.
INSURANCE INFORMATION: vehicle insurance is required in Maryland. All Maryland vehicles MUST be insured at all times and the insurance must be obtained from an approved vehicle insurance company licensed to do business in Maryland, or an authorized agent of a properly licensed company. Types of motor vehicle insurance required and minimum coverages are listed below:
- VEHICLE LIABILITY INSURANCE: Vehicle liability insurance pays for damages caused by you and suffered by other parties for personal injury, death, or property damage. You must carry at least the minimum amounts of vehicle insurance required by the Motor Vehicle Laws.
- UNINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE: Uninsured motorist coverage pays damages, after any applicable deductible, that are caused by an uninsured motorist and suffered by you. You must carry at least the minimum amounts of vehicle insurance required by the Motor Vehicle Laws.
- PERSONAL INJURY PROTECTION [PIP]: Personal injury protection coverage provides the benefits for medical, hospital and disability up to $2,500.00 for all reasonable expenses arising out of an accident. Full personal injury protection provides benefits for you, any member of your family, and any non-family occupant of your vehicle. You may also choose limited protection, which excludes benefits for you and members of your family who are 16 years of age and older. The alternative costs less and should be considered if you already have medical and hospitalization insurance.
- $30,000 Bodily Injury
- $60,000 2 or More People
- $15,000 Property Damage
- DO NOT cancel your vehicle insurance before returning your license plates. The penalties begin with an instant $150 fine for the first 30-days and $7.00 a-day after; not to exceed $2,500 per year. Additional penalties can be found at http://www.mva.maryland.gov/vehicles/insurance/uninsured.htm.
- The Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund (MAIF) provides automobile insurance to Maryland residents that have been turned down by two insurance companies or cancelled by one. To get more information on how to insure your vehicle, click here https://www.mymarylandauto.com/site/
Registration/Tag Fee: The registration fee in Maryland for a low speed motor vehicle is subject to change; but currently is $35.00 for two-years.
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