Maryland ORV Title Laws & Definitions

  • July 14, 2022
  • 2 min read

What is an ORV?

According to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) website, “An ORV is defined as a motorized vehicle designed for or capable of cross-country travel on land, water, snow, ice, marsh, swampland or other natural terrains. Off-road vehicles include a four-wheel drive or low-pressure tire vehicle; an automobile; a truck; a motorcycle and related two-wheel vehicles; an amphibious machine; a ground effect or air cushion vehicle; a snowmobile; and a golf cart.”

Does Maryland title ORVs?

Yes, all ATVs, ORVs, and Snowmobiles purchased on or after October 1, 2010, are required to be titled in the state of Maryland. Utility vehicles (UTV) purchased on or after October 1, 2017, must also be titled in Maryland. When you title your ORV in Maryland, you’ll also be issued a nontransferrable ORV decal from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). This decal must be visible when using your ORV on any DNR trails. 

What is needed to title an ORV in Maryland?

To title your ORV in Maryland, you’ll need to provide the following:

  • Proof of ownership
  • State title applications
  • Proof of purchase price
  • MVA bill of sale (Form VR-181)
  • Odometer disclosure statement
  • Lien information (if applicable)
  • Lien release (if applicable)
  • Power of attorney (if applicable)


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