A Maryland State Trooper or other law enforcement officer in Maryland may issue a Safety Equipment Repair Order (SERO) to the operator of a vehicle that is observed to be defective according to Maryland vehicle safety standards Appendix A lists the types of defects for which a SERO can be issued.
The SERO requires the vehicle owner to have the defect(s) cited repaired within 10 days, and a certification of the repair to be submitted to the Automotive Safety Enforcement Division (ASED) within 30 days. An SERO can be issued for defective safety equipment on all classes of Maryland registered motor vehicles, trailers, and semi-trailers ( Exceptions; Interchangeable registration, Historic registration under 10,000 lbs. GVWR 1985 and older and Street Rod, Paper Temporay Registration).
How do I resolve a Safety Equipment Repair Order (SERO)?
If all of the defects identified on the SERO are followed by an asterisk (*), indicating that the repair can be visually inspected, it can be inspected free of charge at an authorized inspection station, by a Maryland State Police Trooper or local police officer in a participating police department. The trooper or officer must inspect your vehicle during daylight hours, while the weather is not inclement. However, be sure that all of the defects identified on your SERO have an asterisk.
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What happens if I don’t return the signed copy of my SERO within 30 days?
If the Maryland State Police ASED does not receive the signed Copy 5 of your SERO within 30 days after the date that the SERO was issued, you will receive a notice that your vehicle registration will be suspended.
The suspension will take place five (5) days after the notice of suspension is mailed. When your vehicle registration is suspended you cannot:
If your vehicle's registration is suspended, you must immediately return the license plates to an MVA branch office. If you do not return the license plates within 10 days after the date on which the suspension notice was mailed, a tag pick up order will be issued. The license plates then will be subject to immediate confiscation by a police officer.
If your vehicle has been traded, sold, repossessed, junked or otherwise disposed of, you must submit a document that indicates the vehicle’s disposition and includes the vehicle identification number (VIN), make, model, title number, and the date of the disposition. The document should be attached to Copy 5 of the SERO when it is submitted to the ASED. The type of documentation required depends upon the vehicle’s disposition:
What should I do if I lost my SERO and need a duplicate?
If you lose your SERO, you may contact the MSP Automotive Safety Enforcement Division or your local MSP barracks weekdays (excluding state holidays) between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., and ask about obtaining a copy.
The vehicle owner must pay for the repairs needed to correct the vehicle defect(s). If the defect is a visual defect, noted with an asterisk (*) beside the defect number, there is no fee for the certification. If the inspection for certification of the SERO requires jacking, lifting, measuring, or testing the vehicle, the inspection station may charge a prorated fee based on their hourly labor rate.
Appendix ASafety Equipment Repair Order (SERO) Defects
• The percentage of outside light shining through the glass is less than 35%
• Red, Yellow, and Amber window tint is prohibited on all windows.
• Reflective window tint is prohibited on all vehicles.
Note: Numbers marked with an asterisk (*) are visual defects. A Maryland State Trooper or police officer in a participating police department can inspect the repair during daylight hours, as long as the weather is not inclement. A registered inspection mechanic at an authorized inspection also can inspect the repair.
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