Here is a handy guide from the staff at PrivateAuto. It includes helpful tips for buying a used car in Maryland.

Gathering the Documents

Certificate of Title

Complete the following on the reverse side of the title:

  • Your name and address.
  • Your signature.
  • Seller’s signature
  • Purchase price.
  • Odometer disclosure (cars less than 10 years old).

Odometer Statement

Complete the odometer statement on the title. Cars 10 years old or more are exempt.

If there’s no room on the title, complete the Federal Odometer Disclosure Statement.

Bill of Sale

Maryland requires a notarized bill of sale if:

  • The car is less than 7 years old AND
  • You’re paying more than $500 below the bluebook value.

Sellers on PrivateAuto will have a bill of sale you can sign directly from the app.

Research the Title

Searching the National Insurance Crimes Bureau website will help you verify the car:

  • Isn’t reported stolen.
  • Wasn’t declared a total loss in an insurance claim.

Mechanical Inspection

The car will need to pass a state inspection before you can register it. You may want a mechanic to verify it will pass.

Work with an ASE Certified mechanic. A mechanic with this credential is skilled with most cars and light trucks.

Vehicle History Report

A vehicle history report can show you:

  • Maintenance and repair records.
  • Accidents.
  • Flood damage, and more.

When you buy through PrivateAuto, some sellers may provide a report from AutoCheck.

Registering the Car In Your Name

You will need to go to a Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) office in person to complete the title transfer and register the car. You’ll need:

  • Certificate of title with the reverse side filled out.
  • Proof of state inspection.
  • Bill of sale (if required).
  • Proof of insurance.


When you buy a car in Maryland, PrivateAuto gives makes it easy.

  • Keeps your private info safe.
  • State-specific documents you can sign in the app.