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Maine Street Legal Laws

Massachusetts Street Legal Laws



Maryland Lift Laws and Vehicle Equipment Laws


Maryland has a bumper and frame height restriction of 20 inches for cars and SUVs and a 28 inch limit for trucks. On the positive side, there are no suspension modification laws or tire size restrictions. So long as frame height is kept within the legal limit, drivers are allowed to install suspension lift kits, aftermarket wheels and tires, performance shocks, aftermarket bumpers, and grille guards.






Governing Laws

Code

The Maryland Code (MC) covers the street legal laws for the state.

MC T-22






Vehicle Dimensions

Dimensions

The maximum size for a vehicle in Maryland is 102 inches wide, 13 feet 6 inches tall, and 45 feet long for a single vehicle.

MC T-24-102
MC T-24-104






Tire Restrictions

Tires

Tires must be in safe operating condition, without any bulges or exposed cords. Maryland has a listed minimum tire tread depth of 1/16 inch. Only tires that are designed for grooving can be grooved.

MC T-22-405






Wheel Restrictions

Wheels

Maryland's code makes no reference to wheels.






Braking Requirements

Brakes

All vehicles in Maryland must have brakes on all 4 wheels that are capable of stopping the vehicle from a speed of 20 mph within 25 feet. A secondary, mechanical, parking brake is also required.

MC T-22-301
MC T-22-302






Steering Laws

Steering

Maryland does not have any rules for a vehicle's steering system.






Suspension Laws

Suspension

There are no suspension laws in Maryland.






Frame Requirements

Frame

Maryland has a 20 inch maximum frame height for passenger vehicles (Class A) and a maximum frame height of 28 inches for multipurpose vehicles (Class M).

( Measured to the bottom of the frame. )



MC T-22-105






Bumper Restrictions

Bumpers

The maximum bumper height is 20 inches for passenger vehicles (Class A) and 28 inches for multipurpose vehicles (Class M) in Maryland.

( Measured to the bottom of the bumper. )



MC T-22-105






Fender Requirements

Fenders

Maryland only requires fenders and mud flaps on commercial vehicles.

MC T-22-413






Lighting Requirements

Lights

In addition to headlights and tail lights, vehicles in Maryland are allowed to have auxiliary lighting. A limit of 4 lights can be turned on at the front of the vehicle at any time while driving.


Light

Number

Min. Height

Max. Height

Headlights

2 min.

24 inches

54 inches

Tail lights

2 min.

20 inches

72 inches

Spot lights

1 max.

n/a

n/a

Fog lights

2 max.

12 inches

30 inches

Aux. driving lights

1 max.

16 inches

42 inches


( Measured to the center of the light. )



MC T-22-203
MC T-22-204
MC T-22-217
MC T-22-226






Window Laws

Windows

Maryland's code does not specifically state that windshields are required. Vehicles that are equipped with windshields must also have windshield wipers.

MC T-22404






Exhaust Requirements

Exhaust

In Maryland, vehicles are required to be equipped with mufflers. It is unlawful to install any kind of exhaust cutout or bypass.

MC T-22-402






Engine Swap Rules

Engine

It is unclear whether or not Maryland has any engine swap or engine performance modification rules.






Emissions Testing

Emissions

Maryland currently requires emissions testing in several counties.







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