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    Vehicle Code in Maryland

    The Maryland transportation statutes, which are also referred to as the motor vehicle code, spells out the rules that influence things related to the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), your driver's license, and your vehicle registration/titling.

    Whenever you want to brush up on your knowledge of traffic laws, get familiar with Maryland MVA procedures, or find specific information about the regulations affecting your vehicle, you can turn to the Maryland transportation statutes.

    If you have received a traffic ticket, the motor vehicle code may be a good place to look to see if you have a chance of fighting and dismissing the citation. If you need specific legal advice, you should consider contacting an attorney.

    On this page you'll find information on how to access the Maryland transportation statutes and some links to related topics that may come in handy.

    Access the Maryland Vehicle Code

    There are times when you might find yourself in a bit of a bind, whether legal or administrative, and need to view the law in its purest form. That is, straight out of the statutes in bare legal-speak.

    Select "Transportation" from the "Article" drop-down list and click the arrow to the right. You can also search by specific section numbers if you know exactly what you are looking for. The entire statute is lengthy, so it will help your search if you know the section number(s) of the law/regulation you are looking for.

    This legal document is usually referred to as the vehicle code, and it contains all the ins and outs of motor vehicle law.

    Access to the vehicle code is free to the public and can be accessed at any time of day as long as you have a working Internet connection.

    Check Your MD Driver's License Status

    Whenever you need or want to check the status of your Maryland driver’s license, you can order a driving record report. This record will spell out if your driver’s license is currently valid. Should your license have been revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what’s on record with the Maryland MVA. This report will also show points against your driver's license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.

    Additionally, if you've received too many traffic tickets or have been convicted of certain major traffic violations, you may face penalties from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and/or the court. You may face:

    • Driver's license suspensions, revocations, or cancellations.
    • Fines and fees.
    • Reinstatement requirements.
    • Defensive driving/driver improvement course completion requirements.
    • Driving restrictions.
    • Higher car insurance rates.

    If you have found that your insurance rates have gone up after receiving a traffic ticket, you can contact your car insurance agent to ask about options you may have to lower your rates.

    For more information about some related topics to the Maryland vehicle code and traffic violations, please visit our pages on the following topics:

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