Getting To and Around

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Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 40 are the area’s two major highways. Both traverse and link Harford County to the entire East Coast via the interstate highway system.

For quick access to Philadelphia and eastern Pennsylvania, use U.S. Route 1. Maryland Route 213 is the north/south link to the Delmarva Peninsula.

International Thurgood Marshall Airport
Terminal Road
Baltimore, MD 21240 410-859-7111
Toll Free 800-I-FLY-BWI (435-9294)

The BWI Airport is about 35 miles from Bel Air and is one of the fastest-growing airports in the nation, with more than 700 daily charter, cargo and commercial flights to domestic and international destinations.

Philadelphia International Airport
8000 Essington Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19153 215-937-6937

About 70 miles from Bel Air, this international airport has 125 domestic and international destinations as well as charter, commercial and cargo flights.

Local Airports
Harford County Airport
3538 Aldino Road
Churchville, MD 21028 410-836-2828

Fallston Airport
711 Reckord Road
Fallston, MD 21047 410-877-9889

Forest Hill Airport
109 E. Jarrettsville Road
Forest Hill, MD 21050 410-879-1981

Martin State Airport
701 Wilson Point Road
Baltimore, MD 21220 410-682-8800

Maryland Rail Commuter (MARC)
6 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202 410-539-5000

Part of the Maryland Transit Administration, the MARC Transit Service is a commuter rail system that services Harford County, Washington, D.C., Brunswick and Frederick, Md., and Martinsburg, W.Va. For specific station information or addresses, visit the MTA website.

18 E. Bel Air Ave.
Amtrak/MARC Station
Aberdeen, MD21001 800-872-7245

From the MARC Aberdeen, Perryville and Edgewood stations, trains connect to New York City and Washington, D.C.

Light Rail
6 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21201 410-539-5000

The Light Rail (part of the Maryland Transit Administration) travels to Cromwell Station in Anne Arundel County, with service to the BWI Airport and Amtrak’s Baltimore Penn Station. For specific station information or addresses, visit the MTA website.

18 E. Bel Air Ave.
Aberdeen, MD 21001 800-231-2222

Harford County Transit
1311 Abingdon Road
Abingdon, MD 21009 410-612-1620
Eight fixed routes primarily serve Havre de Grace, Bel Air, Aberdeen, Riverside, Edgewood, Joppatowne and points in between. Specialized services for the elderly, those with disabilities and commuters are available.

Fixed Bus Route Fares
$1 for the general public
50 cents for a person 60 and older (with a Medicare card or other ID)
50 cents for persons with disabilities (with Harford Transit half-fare card or ADA certification)

Fares for Paratransit Service
$2 for ADA paratransit services
$1 for persons 60 and older traveling to Harford County Senior Activity Centers only

Maryland Transit Administration
6 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202 410-539-5000
Toll Free 866-743-3682

With 57 bus routes, MTA provides service in Bel Air, Havre de Grace and Baltimore.

Harford County Commuter
Assistance 410-638-3069

The ridesharing program helps businesses and residents find carpool options and provides more than a dozen Park & Ride lots to facilitate the process.

All new residents who would like to operate a motor vehicle have 60 days to obtain a Maryland driver’s license. The process involves passing a vision test and presenting a valid out-of-state license or one expired — not suspended — for less than one year. Otherwise you must also pass the knowledge and skills tests.

Learner’s Permit
Drivers older than 16 1/2 years must hold this permit for at least nine months to be eligible for a provisional license.

Provision License
Drivers must hold this license for a minimum of 18 consecutive months without any violations to qualify for a full license.

Vehicle Registration
All new residents must register their vehicles within 60 days of moving to Maryland. Beyond 60 days, you may be subject to a citation for out-of-state registration. Typically, you will need to submit the following forms:

Proof of Ownership
Application for Certificate of Title
Minimum Liability Insurance Certificate
Maryland Safety Inspection Certificate
Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program

All used cars, trucks, tractors, trailers, motorcycles, special equipment and class “B” for-hire vehicles titled and registered in Maryland must be inspected by a state-licensed inspection station. To avoid delay, make sure the vehicle identification number (VIN) on the inspection certificate matches the VIN on the vehicle and any ownership documents.

Harford County VEIP
1631 Robin Circle
Forest Hill, MD 21050 800-638-8347

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

To help your vehicle pass:
Have the proper gas cap.
Follow the manufacturer’s recommended maintenance listed in the owner’s manual.
Ensure emissions control equipment is present and connected.
Ensure the exhaust system is free of leaks or holes and the tailpipe is easily accessed.
Eliminate gasoline, oil or coolant leaks.
Inspect tires and spare for proper tread and air pressure.

Vehicle Titles
You can obtain a title for your vehicle in one of three ways:

In person at any of the MVA’s full-service branch offices.
By mail to the MVA’s Out-of-State Title Unit, 6601 Ritchie Hwy., Glen Burnie, MD 21062.
At MVA-licensed tag and title services. Find offices at www.mva.maryland.gov/Hours-Locations.

The following documents are typically required to obtain a title for your vehicle:
Proof of Ownership
Application Form
Maryland Safety Inspection
Insurance Requirements

All vehicles registered or operated in the state must be covered by a liability insurance policy issued by an authorized company. Minimum coverage includes:

$30,000 for bodily injury per person.
$60,000 for bodily injury for two or more people.
$15,000 for property damage.

The end of the month and the beginning of the month are the MVA’s busiest days, especially Monday, Friday and Saturday. To avoid that crunch and save time, plan your visit during the middle of the month on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at these locations:

Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
6601 Ritchie Highway
Northeast Glen Burnie,
MD 21062 800-950-1682

Harford County MVA
501 W. MacPhail Road
Bel Air, MD 21014 888-212-4709

8:30 a.m. to 4:30p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday for driver’s license only.
Road tests by appointment only. Go to https://mvascheduling.mdot.state.md.us to schedule an appointment.

Skills tests by appointment only. Call 800-950-1682, 8:30a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday to schedule an appointment.

MVA Services Include:
Vehicle registration renewal
(Sticker delivered at kiosk)
Change of address
PIN management
Request driving records
Request replacement title
VEIP extension
Order duplicate/additional registration cards
Order plates (agricultural, Chesapeake Bay, personalized and standard)
Pay administrative flag fees
Request county pride sticker
Voter registration