When you have paid off your vehicle lien in full, the lien holder, usually a financial institution, is obligated to send you a properly completed Maryland Notice of Security Interest Filing (SIF) for your vehicle, or a statement on letterhead from the lien holder stating that the debt has been repaid in full. You may retain the lien release along with your certificate of title until the vehicle ownership changes or you apply for a clear title.
How do I request a clear title?
You may apply for a clear title in person at any of the MVA's full-service branch offices or by mail to the MVA's title file unit. You must submit the Maryland Notice of Security Interest Filing (SIF) and/or the lien release letter you received, plus the current title for your vehicle. No other special application form is needed.
If you do not have your Maryland title, you may submit a completed Application for Duplicate Title (VR-018) along with the lien release and required fee for the duplicate title to obtain a "clear" title.
- There is a fee for printing a duplicate title. However, if the customer returns the existing Maryland title, there is no fee for the duplicate title.
Title File Unit
6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
For telephone questions:
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