The MVA sends emails to Marylanders for a variety of reasons. All MVA emails end with mva.maryland.gov. If the email address does not have that location, it is not from the Maryland MVA.
The email you receive from the MVA would address one of the following:
Your driver’s license is up for renewal. An email will alert you on the need to renew your license and a follow-up will also be emailed if the MVA records show that you have not yet renewed your driver’s license. A renewal notice will be sent through the United States Postal Service 60 days before one’s license expires as required by Maryland law.
Your identification card is due for renewal. An email notification will be sent before the card expires, followed by a notice sent through the United States Postal Service. However, individuals with a limited term identification card will be issued a card that expires when their lawful status in the United States ends. They will not receive renewal notices.
Vehicle registration renewals. An email will alert you to renew your vehicle’s registration and a follow up will also be emailed if the MVA records show that you have not yet renewed. A renewal notice will be sent through the United State Postal Service before the current vehicle registration expires.
Flags on your vehicle record. The MVA will email you when a flag is placed on your vehicle’s registration record. Most flags are associated with an unresolved problem with an emissions test, an insurance compliance issue, a parking ticket, red light, speed or toll violation. A flag on your vehicle’s record will prevent you from renewing your vehicle’s registration or transferring the title to someone else.
Administrative fees will be assessed by the MVA if your vehicle registration is being withheld for failing to satisfy a traffic violation, law enforcement agency referral, or a returned check. Any fee remaining unpaid may be referred to the Maryland Central Collection Unit for collection.
The MVA will email you about pending license suspensions arising from a failure to respond to a citation, or a child support issue, or an arrest warrant. The emails are sent in advance of the notices that are mailed, first class, through the United States Postal Service to the address of record with the MVA.
Your car’s insurance has lapsed. The MVA will email you if your insurance has lapsed on a vehicle with current registration plates. Every insurance lapse is also sent, first class, through the United States Postal Service. If there is no record of a new policy purchased to replace the one cancelled, you will be instructed to contact your insurance company to verify your insurance coverage. The insurance company can electronically notify the MVA of the new policy. If there has been a lapse of insurance, the financial penalty is $150 for the first 30 days and $7 each day thereafter. The license plates of the uninsured vehicle can also be suspended.