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I was thinking about doing the switch to maine tags and asked and this is what I was told
I am not saying this is for sure or not but this is pretty serious if you are going to get tags from maine I heard this form a friend who works for a dealership that has a friend in maryland vechile administration. Not sure when this will take effect but I thought I would give you all a heads up.

Maryland is losing millions in trailer tag fee's to maine so guess what .When you turn your tags in you are going to have to have a bill of sale that is notirized that the trailer has been sold or insurance paperwork that the trailer has been totaled. if not it will red flag in the system and a inspector will be out to check your tag on the trailer and if the trailer is now registered in maine you will have to have residence in maine for more then 6 month's and hold a maine driver's lic. if not you will be fined, be forced to get the trailer reinspected and pay to reregister the trailer back in maryland. the police will be on the look out for trailer tags from maine out on the roads.

Like I said don't know if this is for sure to come but think hard if you want to switch
 

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Guess it was just amatter of time til this happened.Maryland like any other state want
their money.Thanks for the heads up,you made me think twice!
 

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I heard the same thing, But I heard you can get the maine tags, but if the trailer is in maryland for 30days then they are no longer valid, I'm not sure how they would police the this but, it sounds like its not worth the hassel to me,
 

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According to the regs that were posted on here at one time, it was only legal if you had more than one trailer - then if the tow vehicle and one trailer were tagged in Maryland, the rest of your fleet of trailers could be tagged out of state. That's the way I read it, pretty sure I'm correct.
 

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I think I'm missing a point on this thread. Why are people registering their trailers in Maine if they live in Md? Trailers don't require insurance in Md. Are tags free in Maine? Give me the scoop.
 

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bebopper = apparently you either don't have a trailer for your boat, or utility trailer. Most of us who do, have experiecned exceptionally high renewal rates, my trailer tag fees, just went from $25.50 to $91.50, almost quadruple. Just like the toll (s) fees, most were at least doubled, under the previous Govenor,and Comptroller's watch. A/O's.
 

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Brian, we need to get precise legal clarification.

I too obtained MD tags. I only did this after attending a commercial vehcile class with Md State PD. I inquired about Maine tags and was told by two troopers/instructors that it was OK to get the tags.

Reason?

Trailers are not motorized and therefore not subject to all of the same rules and regs as cars and other MOTORIZED vehicles.

Trailers do not require insurance as the tow vehicles covers it.

Look at all the tractor trailers on the road. Most of the have Ok, Il or ME tags. All of those

States have similar regs as Maine.

That said, I went for it and obtained the tags.

This controversey is now causing me concern.

I will now contact the MVA and determine exactly what the language is.

You doing the WMO?
 

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Hey, where a cop when you need one, eh? I remember during election year there was someone high ranking in the State Police that was running for some office and was asking for our support. It sure would be nice if he would step in and give us the facts on this.

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LOL.. I'm with Sea_Slueth on this one.

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Todd, think about this for a second. If it was illegal to tag a trailer out of state and DMV wanted to crack down on it, all they would need to do is have a troopper go to most any trucking company and write tickets all day long.

I can tell you that as of right now, it's perfectly legal to tag a trailer out of state if the other state allows it. Yes, I'm assuming this but I've got a friend who's family is in the trucking business and when I asked him about Maine trailer tags, I was told all their trailers (around a 100) have Maine tags. All their vehicles, that tow these trailers, are tagged in Maryland.

Believe me, MD DOT knows that they have all thier trailers tagged out of state and they know many other companies do also.

BTW, there's no law against not having tags on a trailer or even a vehicle in MD. The only time a non-tagged trailer or vehicle is in violation (For some reason, I don't think you can have a non-tagged vehicle in your driveway) is if it's parked or driven on a public street. Man I sure hope they don't require tags on every vehicle/trailer because a lot of farmers and car collectors are going to have to cough up hundreds of dollars a year for something that might be never driven on a public road or cough up fine after fine with inspection costs to boot!


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Here you go
from Annotated code of Md
Transportation article 13-402

(f) A trailer or semitrailer operated in intrastate service need not be registered in this State if:


(1) It is registered in another state;

(2) The truck tractor or other vehicle that is towing it is registered in this State; and
(3) The registered owner of the truck tractor or other towing vehicle has at least one trailer or semitrailer registered in this State for each truck tractor also registered in this State.

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it would be up to the individual to read and folllow the law as it is written

Todd
most of the Info you got from a "freind of a freind" is incorrect

trailer tags are not required to be turned in when they expire. I use mine to patch the holes in my house:D
they are not insured for liability- hence no insurance paperwork is available- liability insurance coverage is provided by the vehicle policy
no "inspector" is going to come roaming on anyones property looking for current license plates-under state law it is not illegal to
have an untagged or out of state registered vehicle on your property, and they certainly aren't going to go roaming about my back yard checking license plates.

I have 6+ trailers ,one is registered in md. some are registered in other states, some are kept in other states. and some are kept in Md at locations other than my home address. there is no way for the md Mva to determine where they are ,or when they are used
 

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rj,

You're like an Encycolpedia when it comes to MD rules and regulations. How do you keep all this stuff straight in your head? :D

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Brian, we need to get precise legal clarification.

I too obtained MD tags. I only did this after attending a commercial vehcile class with Md State PD. I inquired about Maine tags and was told by two troopers/instructors that it was OK to get the tags.

Reason?

Trailers are not motorized and therefore not subject to all of the same rules and regs as cars and other MOTORIZED vehicles.

Trailers do not require insurance as the tow vehicles covers it.

Look at all the tractor trailers on the road. Most of the have Ok, Il or ME tags. All of those

States have similar regs as Maine.

That said, I went for it and obtained the tags.

This controversey is now causing me concern.

I will now contact the MVA and determine exactly what the language is.

You doing the WMO?
well put trailers are not motorized and don't fall under the same rules, leave it up to the State though to try and change it. I have several trailers can only use one at a time, Maine offers a good option for me.
 

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RJ,

I still say you have it memorized because you always seem to know the exact section of the law. When I try to read though I the legal mumbo jumbo, it just confuses me even more.

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Sounds like rj is right on it.....never liked the info from "a friend of a friend"........I'm sure this will all work out.........
 

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this was passed on to me said that it is to come in the near future and is for non- commercials believe me I want to do it I have 3 boat trailers and a utility trailer but afraid to chance it.

just remember maryland and are new greatest idiot in the govenors office are looking for money and will try anything thats what come's from a democratic goverment.
 

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Guys
I was issued a summons to appear in court for refusing to let a comptroller of the treasury investigator check the fuel in my pickup truck's tank. He had checked my tank 6 mos earlier.

Since the fine involved was up to $1000 and 3 mos in jail, I had to retain a lawyer. The states attorney dropped the charges the day of the trial, when my lawyer pointed out to him the possibility that the statue I was charged with did not apply to my truck.

My point is,you can be right in your interpretation of the law, but may still have to prove it in court. Is saving $300 or $400 over a period of 5 years worth possibly going to court or worse yet having the admiral tell you how wrong you were?

My lawyer's bill was $1500.
 

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your diesel vehicle is covered under a different law

Different law ,different vehicle, totally different situation

From Annotated code of Md.

23-403.

(a) The operation of a diesel vehicle on any highway in this State constitutes the consent of the driver and owner of the diesel vehicle to be subject to an emissions test established under this subtitle.
(b) The driver of a diesel vehicle shall obey any sign or direction of a police officer to stop the diesel vehicle and submit it to an emissions test administered by an emissions inspector:

and:
) Enforcement powers.- To enforce this title, the Comptroller may make investigations, hold hearings, examine persons under oath, and receive evidence.
(c) Subpoenas.- To enforce this title, the Comptroller may issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses to testify or to produce evidence.
(d) Right of entry.-
(1) For inspection or drawing samples, the Comptroller shall have access, during normal business hours, to:
(i) each place where motor fuel is stored for sale;
(ii) each conveyance used to transport motor fuel; or
(iii) subject to the provisions of paragraph (2) of this subsection, the propulsion tank of any special fuel powered motor vehicle used for business purposes.
(2) In the case of the propulsion tank of a vehicle described in paragraph (1)(iii) of this subsection, the Comptroller shall also have access for inspection or drawing samples any time the vehicle is in operation.
(3) A denial of access by an agent, owner, or other person who operates such a place, conveyance, or motor vehicle is prima facie evidence of a violation of this title.
(e) Inspections.-
(1) (i) The Comptroller may detain a motor vehicle, vessel or railroad tank car placed on a customer's siding for use or storage for the purpose of inspecting the vehicle's propulsion tanks.
(ii) The Comptroller may remove samples of diesel fuel in reasonable quantities necessary to determine the composition of the fuel.
(2) The Comptroller may inspect and issue citations to operators of motor vehicles for violations of this subtitle at sites where fuel is, or may be, produced, stored, or loaded into or consumed by motor vehicles including:
 
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