• Report: #739967

Complaint Review: Maryland MVA

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  • Submitted: Sun, June 12, 2011
  • Updated: Mon, June 27, 2011

  • Reported By: Alma — Long Beach California United States of America
Maryland MVA
6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E. Glen Burnie, Maryland United States of America

Maryland MVA MVA-INS-LAPSE-DEFAULT-MASS LOAD Glen Burnie, Maryland

*Consumer Comment: MVA insurance lapse scam

*Consumer Comment: Stupid, Stupid, Stupid,

*Consumer Comment: tags

*Consumer Suggestion: MD MVA

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Just yesterday I received notice from the state of Maryland Central Collection Unit. Addressed to my maiden name (i have never used that name in the state of Maryland). For an outrageous amount of $4848.48. My husband was stationed in Fort Mead, Maryland in 1998. We bought a used car in Maryland and I ended up moving back to california the same year. I traded the car for a smaller car in california in 1999. I thought I didn't have to do anything else. I never heard anything from Maryland MVA till yesterday. I don't know what to do, all the paperwork from that vehicle is gone being 13 years ago. I am all worried I don't know what to do or where to start.

This report was posted on Ripoff Report on 06/12/2011 08:28 PM and is a permanent record located here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/r/Maryland-MVA/Glen-Burnie-Maryland-/Maryland-MVA-MVA-INS-LAPSE-DEFAULT-MASS-LOAD-Glen-Burnie-Maryland-739967. The posting time indicated is Arizona local time. Arizona does not observe daylight savings so the post time may be Mountain or Pacific depending on the time of year.

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#1 Consumer Comment

MVA insurance lapse scam

AUTHOR: Zara Kublin - (United States of America)

I just got the same notice in the mail. We sold our car and moved from Baltimore in 1999. I spent 45 minutes on the phone this morning. Finally the customer service agent breezily informed me that they indeed had the record of the sale on file and my case would be dropped. 

Either this is evidence of incompetence on a massive scale (entirely possible - btw, the notice was mimeographed and all but unreadable), or theres some sort of fraud involved. The toll-free payment line that I called asked for a credit card # and my ss#, and the notice suggested yo send a check or money order to the very generically named Central Collection Unit. I really thought it was an outside scam until I called the MVA directly. 

Ive noticed several recent complaints about this posted online over the last month, many of which involve an eerily similar fine amount (around $4800). It may be that some glitch occurred in the roughly 12-year-old records. Whatever the cause, Id hate for anyone to pay without contesting. Ive seen that several people had to go to great lengths to argue for a smaller fine, but, still, the State of MD is making money off of something that smells, to me, like total bs. 
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#2 Consumer Comment

Stupid, Stupid, Stupid,

AUTHOR: mr rik - (USA)

Stupid, Stupid!

What a bunch of horses***!

Maryland- YOU SUCK!
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#3 Consumer Comment

tags

AUTHOR: Ashley - (U.S.A.)

Did you have the car tagged with maryland plates? If so a lot of this money could come from that. In maryland they will continue to chage fees on your vehicle until you turn in the tags. They require the plates to be turned in when you sell the vehicle. If you don't then they assume you still have the vehicle. Thus why they charged you for no insurance, since you dropped it when you sold it. You are likely going to have to prove to them you sold the vehicle in 1999 to get this cleared up.
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#4 Consumer Suggestion

MD MVA

AUTHOR: Jevonsdream - (United States of America)

What you will need is a copy of your spouse's DD214 for the years stationed in Ft. Meade, an FR-19 or other proof of insurance from that time from the insurance agency and you should be able to clear this up with the other facts you mentioned in your post.  Even if you did not have MD insurance at that time, being that your husband was active duty military, a certificate of coverage from your domicile state would suffice.  MD has a law that military can have out of state insurance.  Send the relevant copies to the main office of the MD MVA, certified, along with a letter stating the facts chronologically.  Here is a good summary of military rights in MD 

http://www.detrick.army.mil/sja/assistance03.cfm

Hope this helps.
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