Maryland law requires that most vehicles be titled and registered in this state if they will be kept here more than sixty (60) days. A non-resident permit enables a licensed driver to maintain and operate a vehicle with out-of-state registration for more than sixty (60) days in Maryland, without titling and registering it here.
Who is eligible for a non-resident permit?
To obtain a non-resident permit, you must have an out-of-state driver's license and meet one of the following criteria:
Student - You are enrolled as a student in an accredited school, college, or university in Maryland, the District of Columbia, or in a bordering state, or you are serving a medical internship in Maryland. Note: medical residents are not eligible for a non-resident permit.
Military - You are a member or are a dependent of a member of the armed forces of the United States or of the United State Public Health Service and are serving on active duty in Maryland, an adjoining state, or the District of Columbia.
Temporary Employee - You are temporarily employed in Maryland.
Visitor - You have a permanent dwelling in another state and are visiting Maryland as a vacationer, to receive medical treatment or for another legitimate reason.
If you do not meet any of the criteria listed above and you choose to maintain and operate your vehicle in Maryland for more than sixty (60) days, you must either apply for a Maryland title and registration or apply for dual registration.
How can I obtain a non-resident permit?
- Click here to start the
MDOT MVA Appointment Scheduler. Click Next.
- Under Select Category, select ‘Tag, and Titling Services’ (at the bottom). Click Next.
- Under Select Service, Select ‘Title My Vehicle’ and click Next.
- Under Verification, do not click on Begin Your Pre-App. Check the box “I have already completed the pre-applications necessary, and I am aware of the documentation that I need to present for this transaction. I am ready to make my appointment.” and click Next.
- Select your Location.
- Select the Date and Appointment Time and click Next.
- Enter your Contact Information (Name, Phone, and Email), Preferred Language (English/Spanish) and add ‘Non-Resident Permit’ in the Notes. Click Submit.
Non-resident permits may also be processed at university or city government locations, although an additional service charge may be required at the time of processing. Check with each institution for more information.
If your application is approved, you will receive a sticker that must be placed on your vehicle's window. You will also receive a copy of your approved application form, which must be kept in the vehicle with your registration card.
For what period is the permit valid and can I receive another permit when it expires?
The expiration date on your permit is usually six (6) months or one (1) year from its issuance, depending upon your reason for staying in Maryland. However, if your vehicle's registration expires earlier, the registration expiration date will be used as the expiration date of the permit. See
for more information.
If I have more than one vehicle in Maryland, do I need a non-resident permit for each vehicle?
Yes. You must obtain a non-resident permit for each vehicle.
Do I need a non-resident permit if my parents or someone else owns the vehicle?
Yes. If the vehicle is not registered in Maryland, regardless of who owns it, and you are housing it in Maryland for more than sixty (60) days, you are required to have a non-resident permit.
I live in Maryland but work for a company in another state that has provided me with a company car. Can I obtain a non-resident permit to maintain and operate the vehicle at my home?
No. You must title and register the vehicle in Maryland, or you may apply for dual registration.
I live in Maryland and my spouse is stationed in another country with the military. Am I eligible for a non-resident permit?
No. If you have a Maryland driver's license, you are not eligible for a non-resident permit.
- There is a $27 fee for a non-resident permit.
- If you are mailing your form and documents, you can submit your payment via check or money order.
Attn: Vehicles, Room 202
6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
For telephone questions:
MVA Customer Service Center: 1-410-768-7000
TTY/Hearing Impaired: 1-301-729-4563
Non-Resident Permit Requirements
Photocopy of valid out-of-state driver's license; and
Copy of your current vehicle registration card and
Note: The expiration date of the non-resident permit cannot exceed the expiration date of the vehicle's registration. Therefore, the duration of the permit may be less than indicated above.