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Driving Without Registration in Maryland
Although relatively minor compared to other violations, a citation for driving without registration in Maryland is still a serious traffic matter that requires proper handling to ensure that potential restrictions associated with the infraction are avoided. Under Maryland law, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) dictates that all “operable vehicles” be registered. There are several circumstances under which this citation can be issued:
- Driving without registration in Maryland or allowing your vehicle to be driven;
- Driving when the registration fee for your vehicle has not been paid, or allowing your vehicle to be driven;
- Driving when your vehicle’s registration has been canceled, or allowing your vehicle to be driven;
- Driving when your registration has been revoked, or allowing your vehicle to be driven;
- Driving when your registration has been suspended, or allowing your vehicle to be driven.
Registration Requirements in Maryland
To register a vehicle in Maryland, the following information is required by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA):
- Proof of ownership;
- An application form, including insurance information for the vehicle;
- A Maryland Safety Inspection Certificate.
Additional information required under certain circumstances includes:
- Lien information;
- Lien release;
- Power of attorney if someone other than the vehicle’s new owner is registering it.
Common Reasons for Driving Without Registration in Maryland
Allowing vehicle registration to lapse or failing to register a vehicle within the designated time frame are two common reasons drivers are cited for this infraction. Other drivers may be concerned that they have an outstanding Maryland warrant and are apprehensive about visiting the MVA to register a vehicle. Driving without registration in Maryland (or knowingly allowing a vehicle to be driven if registration is suspended or revoked, plates have expired, or the vehicle was never registered) is a criminal misdemeanor under Maryland transportation code. Regardless of the reason behind a citation for driving without registration in Maryland, an experienced Maryland traffic lawyer can evaluate your case and determine whether you have cause to fight the complaint. (For example, the state is required to prove you knowingly permitted your vehicle to be driven without registration.) If you have been cited, contact the Law Office of Edward Tayter for a free consultation. Or, learn more about other traffic violations.