Maryland Introduces Bill to Allow Military Vehicle Registration

DON’T DELAY! Please contact the House Environment and Transportation Committee to request support for H.B. 1383:

You may use the following points in your message:

  • H.B. 1383 authorizes the registration of former military vehicles, defined as all-wheeled, multipurpose vehicles that were manufactured for use in the U.S. or another country’s armed forces and authorized for sale to civilians.
  • H.B. 1383 provides that military vehicles may be used in off-highway events, exhibitions, on-highway club activities, parades, tours, and other similar events, for occasional pleasure trips, or to facilitate the sale or maintenance of the vehicles, but not for daily transportation.
  • H.B. 1383 recognizes the important historical and patriotic purpose of these vehicles.
  • H.B. 1383 acknowledges the fact that government surplus (former military) vehicles are becoming valued collectors’ items among the automotive community.
  • H.B. 1383 brings Maryland in line with other states that are moving to allow former military vehicles similar accommodations as those available to civilian vehicles.

Overview: Maryland has introduced SAN-supported legislation (H.B. 1383) to allow for the registration of military surplus vehicles. The bill specifies that when applying for a registration (military vehicle-collectors), the vehicle owner must certify that the military vehicle will be maintained for occasional transportation, exhibitions, veterans' events, club activities, parades, tours, and similar uses and will not be used for general daily transportation. A military surplus vehicle currently registered under a different registration class prior to the bill going into effect may continue to be registered under that class. The House Environment and Transportation Committee is scheduled to hear the bill on March 10th.