To title and register your newly purchased used vehicle, you will need to submit the following documents (along with payment for taxes and fees):
1. Driver’s License
2. Maryland Safety Inspection Certificate
3. Proof Of Insurance
4. Title – You must submit the vehicle’s current title that has been properly assigned to you. Note that if the title was issued in Maryland, it can be used as your application form for titling and registering the vehicle. A registration document and bill of sale may be submitted as proof of ownership ONLY if the vehicle is from a state that does not issue a title as proof of ownership.
Under certain circumstances, additional information and/or forms may be required:
Lien information – If you borrowed money to buy the vehicle, the lien information may need to be recorded on the application. The MVA form entitled Security Interest Filing (form #VR-217) must be used if a second lien is placed against the title.
Lien release – If the existing title indicates that a lien was placed against it, you must submit a lien release. For a vehicle that was titled in Maryland, this could be a properly completed and signed Maryland Security Interest Filing (SIF) or a signed letter from the lien holder specifically identifying the vehicle and stating that the lien has been released. If the vehicle is currently titled in another state, you may submit a signed letter of release from the lien holder or you may have the lien holder sign the title indicating that the lien has been released.