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Maryland drivers gear up to pay more to register their cars

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Posted at 10:19 PM, Jun 30, 2024

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. — If you renewed your car registration before July 1st, you could've saved a decent chunk of change.

Car registration fees in Maryland are going up. Starting July 1, owners of cars weighing up to 3,500 pounds pay $221 every two years. The old rate was $135, which included vehicles weighing up to 3,700 pounds.

"I'm not surprised," said Chazz Greene, a Maryland driver in Baltimore County, on Sunday. "I'm surprised by the amount, but I'm not surprised. Things go up. It's just something I got used to at this point."

The increase comes as part of a new law passed by the Maryland General Assembly this winter.

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Fees will go toward improving roads, with some of the money going toward Maryland's trauma centers.

"Of course I'm not happy; everything is going up, including that," said Shirley Thomas, a Maryland driver. "So it's just more added, I feel like, to your bills, so you're paying extra. That's never a good thing."

"Like everything else. Food has gone up, mortgage, rent, car insurance, medical expenses. You name it, it's up," Thomas added.

The new fee schedule can be accessed here; the old schedule shows fees for every two years, and the new schedule shows fees for one year.

Drivers can pay a registration fee every year or every two years.