2013 Maryland Code
TRANSPORTATION
§ 13-503 - Transfers to and from licensed dealers


MD Transp Code § 13-503 (2013) What's This?

§13-503.

(a) If the transferee of a vehicle is a licensed dealer who holds the vehicle for sale, the transferee need not obtain a new registration of the vehicle if he:

(1) Lawfully drives it under a dealer’s registration plate; or

(2) Does not drive the vehicle or permit it to be driven on the highways.

(b) If a licensed dealer transfers a vehicle to a person who possesses current registration plates issued to another registered vehicle, and if these registration plates are transferable, the dealer shall issue to the transferee a permit that authorizes the transferee to use these current registration plates on the transferred vehicle for a period of not more than 60 days from the date of the transfer.

(c) The dealer may not issue more than one of the permits described under subsection (b) of this section for any vehicle.

(d) The permit described under subsection (b) of this section shall be issued by the dealer on the form and in the manner that the Administration requires.

(e) The permit described under subsection (b) of this section shall be signed by the dealer and carried and displayed the same as registration cards are required to be carried and displayed under Subtitle 4 of this title.

§ 13-503 - 1. Transfers between spouses

(a) Use of same registration plates. -- If, whether by act of the parties or by operation of law, the title or interest of an owner in a vehicle is transferred in a manner specified in subsection (b) of this section, the transferee may continue to use the same registration plates on the vehicle after the transfer.

(b) Scope of section. -- This section applies to the transfer of the title or interest of an owner in a vehicle if the vehicle is registered in the:

(1) Joint names of a husband and wife and is transferred to the individual name of either spouse;

(2) Individual name of either spouse and is transferred to their joint names or to the individual name of the other spouse;

(3) Joint names of a parent and child and is transferred to the individual name of either party;

(4) Name of an individual and is transferred to the joint names of that individual and the individual's parent or child; or

(5) Name of an individual and is transferred to the name of a child or parent of that individual.

(c) Similar transfers. -- In all other respects the transfer shall be treated the same way as any other transfer by a private owner of a registered vehicle.

§ 13-503 - 2. Transfer as result of reorganization making vehicle exempt from excise tax.

If the title or interest of an owner in a vehicle is transferred as a result of a reorganization such that the vehicle is exempt from the excise tax under the provisions of § 13-810(c)(8) of this title, the transferee may continue to use the same registration plates after the transfer. In all other respects the transfer shall be treated the same way as any other transfer by a private owner of a registered vehicle.

§ 13-503 - 3. Transfer into written inter vivos trust

(a) In general. -- If the title or interest of an owner of a vehicle is transferred into a written inter vivos trust in which the transferor is the primary beneficiary, the transferee may continue to use the same registration plates after the transfer.

(b) Similar transfers. -- In all other respects the transfer shall be treated the same way as any other transfer by a private owner of a registered vehicle.

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