PennDOT and MDOT Partner to Make Car Buying Easier

HARRISBURG, Pa. (June 1, 2015)—The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) and Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) today announced a joint agreement to streamline customer service and to ease title and registration transactions for residents buying a car out of state. Thanks to an agreement signed on April 16, the new Online Agent/Dealer Program allows Pennsylvania and Maryland car dealers to electronically title and register vehicles in the other state.

"The collaborative Online Agent/Dealer Program will be a great opportunity for car dealers to improve customer service," PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards said. "PennDOT is excited to work with Maryland in order to create more efficient operations between state agencies and increase efficiency for our customers."

This new partnership helps PennDOT and MDOT's Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) modernize vehicle titling and registration. Before the agreement, Marylanders who purchased a vehicle in Pennsylvania (and vice versa) were required to take all paperwork back to their home state to title and register the vehicle. The agreement alleviates the need for a vehicle owner to return to their home state by permitting Pennsylvania car dealers to electronically title and register vehicles in Maryland and Maryland car dealers to electronically title and register vehicles in Pennsylvania.

"This agreement is a great example of Governor Hogan's efforts to improve government efficiency and make life easier for Maryland citizens," said Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn. "Our partnership with Pennsylvania is another example of our ongoing efforts to use technology so our customers can skip the trip to the MVA."

Maryland has similar agreements with Virginia and Delaware.

Source: Joint PennDOT & MVA press release

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