Maryland Approves Dealer Processing Charge Increase to $500

Maryland dealers secured a big legislative victory during the shortened General Assembly session in Annapolis, as legislators passed an amendment into the state budget that will raise the dealer processing charge from $300 to $500. This change takes effect for Maryland dealers on July 1, 2020.

Please note that, should a dealer raise their processing charge to $500, they should be able to justify the additional expense to state auditors upon request. You can direct any questions about this to Joe Koch at or (202) 821-5824.

WANADA would like to thank the efforts of John and Jamie Darvish for helping spearhead this effort, along with the great work of the Maryland Automobile Dealers Association, our dealers in the state, and our bi-partisan group of supporters and advocates in the General Assembly. They all worked tirelessly to get this processing charge amendment enacted, particularly given the fact that the General Assembly calendar was shortened by roughly a month due to COVID-19.

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