Md. MVA now has electronic safety inspection certificates

Md. MVA now has electronic safety inspection certificates

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration has started using electronic safety inspection certificates. The new process is a result of House Bill 246 passed in the 2014 legislative session. This legislation removes the requirement for a written inspection but still requires dealers to have vehicles inspected, before sale.

There are currently two formats available to present the Maryland Safety Inspection Certificate: a paper certificate (no changes) and a paper electronic certificate. For the paper electronic certificate, the control number begins with –E” and the signature is machine printed. It is accepted using the same process as a paper certificate.

For dealer transactions:

« You must inspect the vehicle for safety before sale (no change from current requirement).

« If the Maryland Safety Inspection Certificate is electronic, you are not required to attach a copy to the window of the vehicle.

« If your dealership is a certified Maryland Inspection Station, and you want to participate in electronic inspections, contact the Maryland State Police.

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