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MD PROUD License Plate to Hit Streets on Monday

Customers Encouraged to Order Online

Maryland proud license plate, new plate has the Maryland flag on the lower portion of the tag

GLEN BURNIE, MD (September 22, 2016) -- Beginning Monday, September 26, 2016, Marylanders can display their pride in their home state as the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) rolls out the new Maryland Proud license plate.  Governor Larry Hogan unveiled the new design last month, which prominently features the state flag.  The new standard-issue plate is available for all passenger cars, SUV’s trucks, motorcycles and multipurpose vehicles. 

“From the driver’s license to the license plate, Marylanders can show their state pride wherever they travel,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn.

The new plate meets all state standards and has passed all law-enforcement testing for readability.  The Maryland Proud plate will replace the War of 1812 plate, but customers who want to keep their existing plates do not need to get the new plate.  Those who want to replace their existing license plates will pay the current $20 replacement cost.  Registration renewal costs remain unchanged.  All vehicles purchased on/after September 26 will be issued the new plate unless customers want to transfer their existing plates to their vehicles.

“We anticipate that the beautifully designed Maryland Proud plates will be very popular and strongly encourage our customers to order them online,” said MVA Administrator Christine E. Nizer. 

To order the new Maryland Proud plate after September 26, visit the MVA website at and click Online Services.  The new plates will arrive in the mail within 7 to 10 business days. 

All Maryland license plates are manufactured by Maryland Correctional Enterprises, a division of the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services.  MVA issues approximately 740,000 sets of license plates per year.  Earlier this year, the MVA launched the new Maryland-themed driver's license and identification card.  The new cards feature multiple layers of security to help prevent identity theft and fraud and are one of the most secure products in the nation.

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