Typically, when there are no specific requirements listed, this means transfer of ownership occurs with the transfer of the title. We recommend keeping a copy of the transferred title for your personal records.
HOW TO HANDLE THE LICENSE PLATES WHEN YOU DONATE A CAR, TRUCK, SUV OR OTHER STANDARD VEHICLE IN MARYLAND
Please remove the license plates of your donated vehicle before the pick-up. Please return the plates to the MVA (unless you are transferring the plates to another vehicle). You may only transfer the plates if the new vehicle is titled in the same name and the new vehicle classification is the same as the old vehicle.
Keep your receipt from the MVA when you return your plates. Keep insurance coverage on the vehicle until the date the plates are returned to the Maryland Department of Transportation-Motor Vehicle Administration (MDT-MVA) or transferred to the new vehicle.
Cancel the vehicle insurance for the donated vehicle. To avoid penalty fees, cancel the vehicle insurance only after the plates have been returned to the MVA or transferred to another vehicle.
Click HERE to locate your local MVA Branch.
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