The quick answer is no, you cannot sell (or purchase) any vehicle in Maryland without the title to the vehicle. If you are selling or buying a car, truck, trailer, motorcycle (including mopeds, scooters and ATVs) or any other motor vehicle in Maryland you must have the title. There are a few exceptions. Certain vehicles over 20 years old from states such as New York and Maine substitute registration cards for titles. If you are not sure if the vehicle you are selling or purchasing requires the title, assume that it does unless you can verify the exceptions (You may call us at 2401-361-4499 with any questions).
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It’s not unusual these days to lose a car title in Maryland . Fortunately, if you need speedy title service with a turnaround time of just 24 to 48 hours, give Motor Car Tag & Title of Gaithersburg a call.
In Maryland only the registered owner(s) may obtain a duplicate title. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) no longer issue titles over the counter. If you apply online or in-person at the MVA, it will take 7 to 10 business days to receive a duplicate title in the mail. At Motor Car Tag & Title, we will have your duplicate title in 1 to 2 business days.
Duplicate titles, also referred to as substitute titles, corrected titles and replacement titles are easy to obtain at Motor Car Tag and Title. We will need to make copies of the owner(s) driver’s license(s). The required forms are in our office and you will simply sign the forms and we do all the paperwork. In addition to your driver’s license we only need the tag, title or VIN number of the vehicle.
If you are selling your vehicle and need to a duplicate title ASAP come to Motor Car Tag and Title.
If you need to renew your car registration do not delay, waiting to renew may result in a ticket. If you are not sure when it is time to renew your registration simply look at your rear license plate. You will have a red or green sticker on the upper left hand corner of the plate. This is the month in which your vehicles registration will expire. Your registration always expires on the last day of the month, unless you have 30 day temporary tags. On the upper right hand corner will be a white sticker. This is the year in which your registration expires. The average time for registration renewal at Motor Car Tag and Title is less than 5 minutes .
You can renew your registration by mail, online, at your local Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) office in Maryland, or at a title service agent. At the MVA and online you MUST renew for 2 years. Motor Car Tag and Title offers 1 year registration in addition to the standard 2 year renewal.
Late Renewal Fees
The MVA of Maryland does not charge late fees for failure to renew your registration. However, if you are driving on expired tags you are subject to a ticket.
Documents Required to Renew Your Car Registration
At Motor Car Tag & Title we want to make renewing your vehicle’s registration as easy as possible. For registration renewals all you need is your driver’s license (driver’s license of registered owner of the vehicle) and the tag, title or VIN number of the vehicle. If you have the current registration card you may bring that as well. You do not need to bring any MVA forms. We have all required MVA forms at our office. You will simply sing the renewal form and we will fill in all the paper work.
If your original title has been lost or destroyed, you will need to request a duplicate title . At the Maryland MVA, you can obtain a duplicate title but it can take 7-10 business days to receive it. You can choose to do it quickly and easily at a licensed tag and title company, such us Motor Car Tag & Tile in Gaithersburg. When you are requesting a duplicate title, you will need to present your official Maryland state identification and all of the legal owners of the vehicle need to sign a duplicate title request form and POA. Once the necessary paperwork has been completed, your duplicate title will be available for pick up at our office in 1-2 business days.