In the State of Maryland we are required to put the validation sticker / year sticker,
renewal sticker on the rear plate only in the upper right corner. The month sticker in the upper left corner. Instructions
are on the card that the stickers come on.
Unlike California and Virginia that actually have a lightly colored box with "month" and "year"
Maryland plates have nothing because the front plate does not have stickers.
DC, New York and New Jersey have the validation stickers on the inside of the windshield. This validates the "car"
not the plate.
If you have many years of stickers on your plate,
you may want to remove them before placing the new sticker on the plate. It is very easy to remove this stack of stickers
since the security scoring is overlapping, making them easy to peal off without tearing them.
So why do you see so many people with the sticker
in the wrong place?
going to exclude these reasons for practical reasons
Place in the center so someone does not cut it off the corner to use on their plate, wrong, easy
to spot that and most now come with the plate number ON the sticker. Law enforcement now optically scans plates with the police
cruiser in motion and your car stationary or in motion. Any officer can spot a sticker that is wrong or out of date when they
are right behind you.
don't need valid registration or a valid drivers license to drive a car. You only need it if you are stopped by a police officer!
Maryland will give you a month sticker for FREE,
but if you put the year sticker in the wrong place, it will cost you $10 for a replacement sticker. A new registration card
will cost you $5.
placement started way back in the 1980's when Maryland did not have month stickers and the plates all renewed in March. You
were told not to put the sticker on untill March, but if you received your stickers in February, you would put it on the plate
in a different position, so last years sticker would not be covered, this led to years of that practice with stickers all
over the plate. It no longer applies but some old codgers still do it.
I am Dyslexic
I am from a state that put the month and year in the corner
I have stickers on my front and rear plate
I was too lazy to take the front plate OFF and put it on the
rear before putting my year sticker on the rear plate that did not have any stickers, now I have sticker on both plates....
I put one on each plate before I realized I don't have stickers for
That 10 is not a month sticker
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I can't read the directions (stickers in wrong upper corners)
Stickers on the bottom corners (wrong) I
really can't read the directions, or just look at my neighbors plate
LOOK the number month is upside down, that is
a 6 not a 9
and what MVA
employee issued a green month sticker for a 1812 plate? suppose to be RED
So you paid and extra $20 for a bay plate to only get
an ugly RED month sticker,
MVA employee just
not thinking, month sticker is to be GREEN on bay plates
Again, MVA employee not thinking about the month sticker
green belongs on the bay plate
bottom left? top right? not bad, but it is not right
is a fee for substitute license plates.
- There is an additional fee if the requested substitute plates are Chesapeake Bay or Agriculture license plates.
- There is a fee for substitute stickers.
- There is a fee for each additional or duplicate registration card.
- There is
no fee for replacement registration month stickers only.
Mail In Registration Unit
6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E.
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
For telephone questions:
MVA Customer Service Center: