Maryland DMV Vehicle Transfer | Vehicle Donations

Maryland Title Support

How To Sign A Maryland Title

For any questions about how to sign a title for your specific donated vehicle, please contact the purchasing vendor which is usually the auto auction yard. Please note, the purchaser of your donated vehicle is not the charity. It will either be the vendor or Charitable Adult Rides & Services.

1. On the front of the title, any security interests (often referred to as Lienholders) must be listed, both names and addresses, in the correct order.

2. On the back of the title, in the top section labeled “Assignment of Ownership,” list the name and address of the buyer(s) of the vehicles.

3. Record the odometer reading in the same section as the information from section 2, and note if there is a discrepancy with the odometer reading by checking the appropriate box.

4. Underneath the odometer reading, the seller(s) must print their name and sign the title.

5. In the section labeled “Application for Title and Registration,” the buyer must fill in all their information. An acknowledgement of the vehicle odometer reading is required for the seller and the buyer.

Helpful Tips

  • Maryland requires that, when applying for a title and registering a vehicle, proof of insurance (including policy number) be listed on the title.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When do I cancel my insurance?

A. Only cancel your vehicle's insurance AFTER your vehicle has been picked up and you have notified the state that you’ve donated your vehicle. If your state requires notification, please be aware that you should never cancel your insurance prior to reporting to the state you are no longer in possession of the vehicle. This is a general rule for States/Motor Vehicle Departments that require Notification be submitted or license plates returned.

Q: Who is considerd the purchaser of my vehicle donation? Is it the nonprofit or charity?

A. The purchaser of your donated vehicle is NOT the nonprofit or charity. It will either be the vendor or Charitable Adult Rides & Services, the vehicle donation program provider and partner of your nonprofit of choice.

Q. What is State Notification?

A. State notification releases the vehicle donor from liability over the vehicle, including registration fees and from having to keep the vehicle insured, after the vehicle is picked up. State notification is a way for the state to create a record that the owner is no longer in possession of the vehicle. The steps needed to release your liability of a donated vehicle vary by state.

Q. Who is supposed to take care of the state notification process?

A. If state notification is required, only the donor and/or owner of the vehicle can complete this process. Please do not rely on the pick-up driver or vendor to report to the State/Motor Vehicle Department that you are no longer in possession of the vehicle. If you need support, please contact the vehicle donation support team at or call 855-500-7433. We would be happy to assist you.

If you have additional questions, please visit our vehicle donation FAQS.

If you would like assistance with your vehicle donation, please contact us here.

For more information on vehicle release or general DMV questions, contact your local Motor Vehicle Division.

For additional support, please email us and include your Stock # and contact information.
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