Yup, need to get your car inspected in MD to get tags. Also emissions checked. After that, for the time being emissions every two years, no more safety inspections unless you're pulled over for a violation of some kind (lights out, for example).I'm moving to the DC area this summer and was wondering if anyone had some insight on vehicle registration, inspection, taxes, insurance, laws (like tint), etc for Virginia and Maryland. I can live in either and don't want to make a decision until I have as much info as I can. For example, just from a quick google search it looks like I have to have my car inspected every year in Virginia but only once in Maryland.
When you get your car registered in MD, there is a mistaken idea that there is a sales tax. Well, what there is functions as a sales tax, but it's really an excise tax. If it were a true sales tax, they couldn't charge you when you moved into the state any more than they could charge you sales tax again on any/all of your personal belongings.
So, at time of registration you will need to show info about your car, they will value it, and you will need to document that you paid tax in your state on the car. MD's tax is 6%, so they will compute 6% of the value of your car, and that's the tax you owe. If your orginating state documentation shows you paid tax equal to or more than that, no more tax is due (but you DO still have to pay for tags, title, and some other fees). If what you paid is less than what MD computes, you will owe MD the difference.
In Virginia I believe you also have to pay an annual Personal Property Tax on your car. Folks here can tell you what that might come to. In MD you don't have that tax. That's only because MD hasn't thought of it yet, they will.