News Release, Maryland Insurance Administration

BALTIMORE – On March 5, 2020, Governor Lawrence J. Hogan, Jr. declared a State of Emergency for Maryland due to the COVID-19 virus. As a result of this event the lives and livelihoods of Maryland residents have been adversely affected. Owners of vehicles registered in the State may be looking for ways to cut expenses and may be considering the option of returning registration plates (license plates) and dropping their insurance coverage. 

Please note that driving an uninsured vehicle is illegal and can result in significant personal liability for damage and injury to others in the event of an accident.

Like most State agencies, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration’s (“MDOT MVA”) offices are presently closed to the public.  However, license plates can be dropped off at the MDOT MVA’s 24-hour drop boxes in Baltimore City, Columbia, Gaithersburg, Glen Burnie, Salisbury office, Westminster and Walnut Hill. 

Plates can also be mailed to the Glen Burnie location at 6601 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie 21062. You should document the date and time of drop off or mail of plates by photo, video and/or mailing method.

The MDOT MVA issued the following statement regarding the suspension of insurance lapse fines during the State of Emergency: Vehicles without tags should be parked in a secure location with the permission of the property owner to avoid towing or citations. 

Untagged or uninsured vehicles should not be driven for any reason.

Special Note: The Maryland Insurance Administration remains fully operational during the COVID-19 emergency. If you would like to file an insurance complaint, please use our online portal:

About the Maryland Insurance Administration, The Maryland Insurance Administration is an independent State agency charged with regulating Maryland’s $28.5 billion insurance industry.

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David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...