Frequently Asked Questions

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  • Animal Control

    • Who do I call for an animal control complaint?

  • Civil

    • Who should I contact if someone will not pay money owed to me?

  • Crime Stats

    • Where do I get statistics for various locations?

  • Criminal/Criminal Law

    • If I am legally stopped by a police officer on the street, can he search me?

    • What happens if I refuse to sign a traffic ticket?

    • How do I obtain a criminal warrant for someone?

    • How can I obtain a copy of my criminal record (or lack thereof) for employment purposes?

    • How do I obtain a criminal background check?

  • Fingerprinting

  • Landlord/Tenant

    • Who should I contact to have an officer standby as I get my belongings?

    • Who should I contact to have my renter evicted?

    • Who should I contact to learn what my rights are as a landlord?

  • Miscellaneous

    • Who does a citizen call to report loud music?

    • Between what hours may construction take place or yard equipment be used?

    • Who does a citizen call for power outages?

    • Who does a citizen call for water main breaks?

    • Who does a citizen call for a gas leak?

    • Does the City Police handle bicycle registration?

  • Moving

    • If moving, can I request restricted parking?

  • Parking Permits

    • Who does a City resident contact to obtain a permanent parking permit for their residence?

    • Who does a City resident contact for temporary parking permits for a special event?

  • Paying Tickets

    • Where can I pay my parking ticket?

    • If I have paid my parking ticket in full who can issue my flag release?

    • Where can I pay my speed camera ticket?

    • If I have paid my speed camera ticket in full, who can issue my flag release?

    • Where can I find the City’s parking ordinance?

  • Report a Crime

    • What should I do if I see a person driving recklessly or aggressively?

  • Traffic

    • Who does a citizen call if they lost their copy of a MOVING violation traffic ticket?

    • Who should I contact to report an abandoned vehicle?

    • Who should I contact to report traffic light malfunctions or outages?

    • Is it illegal for a person to ride in the cargo bed of a pick-up truck?

  • Vehicle Equipment

    • Who does a citizen call if they lost their copy of a Safety Equipment Repair Order?

    • What is the maximum lift height for a vehicle? And how do you measure it?

    • How can I tell if my window tint is legal?

    • I want to install some “after-market equipment” on my vehicle. I’m not sure whether it is legal or not. Who can I check with?

    • I just received a Safety Equipment Repair Order. How do I comply?

    • Are blue headlights legal?

    • How do I transfer a motor vehicle title in Maryland?

    • I bought a used car and need to have the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) inspected before I can register it. How can I get a VIN inspection?

    • How do I obtain a title for a salvaged or self-assembled vehicle?

  • Vehicle Operation

    • What happens if I refuse to sign a traffic ticket?

    • What should I do if I witness or come upon a crash?

    • I got a traffic ticket and want to attend traffic safety school to get the fine reduced. How do I do that?

    • I received a speeding ticket in Maryland and lost it? What do I do?

    • What are the penalties for impaired driving in Maryland?

    • How much over the speed limit do I have to go before I will get a ticket?

  • Vehicle/Vehicle Law

    • Who should I contact to report an abandoned vehicle?

    • Is it legal for me to use a mobile phone or text while driving?

    • Can a person under the age of 16, with a learner's permit from their home state legally drive in Maryland?

    • How can I clear my own driving record?

    • Do motorcycle riders have to wear a helmet in Maryland?

    • What percent can windows be tinted on the vehicle?

    • Is a front license plate required on Maryland-registered cars?

    • I just moved to Maryland. When do I have to obtain an in-State driver’s license and vehicle registration?

    • Are radar/laser detectors legal in Maryland?

    • In Maryland, can I be stopped for not wearing my seatbelt if I do not commit any other violation?

    • I understand that when I get a traffic ticket, I also get “points” on my driving record. What are “points” and how does the points system work?

  • Warrants/Restraining Orders

    • Where can I obtain a restraining order?

    • Who does a citizen call to see if they have a warrant?