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Hauler and Collector Licensing, and Vehicle Registration

Anyone collecting or transporting solid waste within Montgomery County, Maryland, must be licensed, per Chapter 48, Sections 48-19 to 48-30, of the Montgomery County Code.

To receive a license and vehicle registrations, you must submit one package containing these fully-completed items. We cannot process incomplete packages. We must receive complete renewal packages at least 30 days prior to your expiration date. All copies or faxes must be readable.

Have questions?

Please contact Verónica Fernández at 240-777-6565.

How long are licenses valid?

Solid Waste hauler and collector licenses expire one year from the date of issuance. Vehicle registrations expire on the same date as the license.

Must my company be located in Montgomery County?

You must either have an office business address in Montgomery County, or provide a local or toll-free telephone number.

Which laws apply to collectors and haulers in Montgomery County?

You must follow the provisions of the Montgomery County, Maryland, Solid Wastes Law (Chapter 48).

We will mail the Solid Wastes Law to you only upon request.

What data must I report?

In accordance with Executive Regulation 58-92AM (ER 58-92AM), all County licensed haulers and collectors must submit a semi-annual tonnage report.

Are Disposal Accounts available?

Yes, if you can guarantee that you will be disposing of at least 20 tons of solid waste per month at the Montgomery County Solid Waste Transfer Station, you may qualify for a Disposal Account.

Which documents are required for licenses and vehicle registrations?

To ensure the timely completion and processing of your initial application and/or renewal of your current application, you must take the following actions and submit the required documents in order before we can inspect your vehicles.

All vehicles used for hauling and/or collection must have registrations issued and decals affixed under your hauler or collector license.

Get a Hauler License

A hauler is any person operating a commercial business or engaged in any enterprise regularly
generating solid waste which requires collecting and hauling to an approved point of disposal, when
such collecting and hauling is done by the person generating such material in his own vehicles or in
vehicles leased for the purpose, in lieu of having a licensed collector perform this service.

  1. Collector / Hauler License Application Form (PDF, 194 kb) - revised September 2011
    You or your agent must complete and sign this form.

  2. Solid Waste Vehicle Registration Application and Inspection Form (PDF, 164 kb), revised September 2011
    Complete one copy of this form for each each vehicle or trailer you wish to register.

  3. Consolidated Vehicle List
    If you are requesting a registration for more than one vehicle or trailer, submit a consolidated list of vehicles in addition to a Registration Application and Inspection Form for each vehicle or trailer you wish to register.

  4. Copy of the State Vehicle Registration Card
    Submit a clear and legible copy of the State Vehicle Registration Card for each vehicle or trailer you wish to register.

  5. Fees
    • The Solid Waste License Fee is $25.00.
    • Solid Waste Vehicle Registration Fee is $5.00 per vehicle or trailer.
    • Make your check(s) payable to "Montgomery County, Maryland".
    • These fees do not include disposal fees.

  6. Vehicle Inspection
    When we have received and approved all of your completed documents, we will inspect your vehicles or trailers. We will contact you by e-mail, letter, or telephone call, giving you authorization to inspect the designated vehicles and/or trailers by appointment or within a 30-day period.

    See vehicle inspection details below.

Get a Collector License

A collector is any person who contracts to collect and provide services for collection and/or transporting the solid waste of others to its disposal site.

  1. Collector / Hauler License Application Form (PDF, 194 kb) - revised September 2011
    You or your agent must complete and sign this form.

  2. Solid Waste Vehicle Registration Application and Inspection Form (PDF, 164 kb), revised September 2011
    Complete one copy of this form for each each vehicle or trailer you wish to register.

  3. Consolidated Vehicle List
    If you are requesting a registration for more than one vehicle or trailer, submit a consolidated list of vehicles in addition to a Registration Application and Inspection Form for each vehicle or trailer you wish to register.

  4. Copy of the State Vehicle Registration Card
    Submit a clear and legible copy of the State Vehicle Registration Card for each vehicle or trailer you wish to register.

  5. Fees
    • The Solid Waste License Fee is $25.00.
    • Solid Waste Vehicle Registration Fee is $5.00 per vehicle or trailer.
    • Please make your check(s) payable to "Montgomery County, Maryland".
    • These fees do not include disposal fees.

  6. Memorandum of Understanding (PDF, 48 kb)
    This is a legally binding agreement between Montgomery County, Maryland, and all licensed collectors. The first and last pages must be completed and the last page must be signed and witnessed. This agreement is required for all collectors, regardless of the type of refuse collected.

  7. County-approved Performance Bond Form (PDF, 16 kb)
    • You must submit a performance bond in the amount of $500.00 for each vehicle, with a maximum of $10,000.00 for twenty or more vehicles.
    • The bond may be in the form of a Surety Bond or a Cash Bond
    • Use our Bond Form or a cash bond, deposited with Montgomery County Department of Finance.
    • If you submit a check for the bond, make it payable to "Montgomery County, Maryland". Submit a separate check for the License and Vehicle Registration Fees.

  8. County-approved Affidavit Form (PDF, 11 kb)
    An authorized representative of your company must complete and sign this Affidavit.

  9. Vehicle Inspection
    When we have received and approved all of your completed documents, we will inspect your vehicles or trailers. We will contact you by e-mail, letter, or telephone call, giving you authorization to inspect the designated vehicles and/or trailers by appointment or within a 30-day period.

    See vehicle inspection details below.

Get a District or Municipality Collector License

A collection contractor is a private company under contract with the County to provide solid waste collection services to dwelling units with less than 7 units within the Solid Waste Collection Districts.

District and municipality collector application packet (PDF, 1 MB) - revised September 2010

Add a new vehicle or trailer to your existing license

If you have a current Solid Waste Hauler or Collector License, use this process to add additional vehicles to your license.

  1. Solid Waste Vehicle Registration Application and Inspection Form (PDF, 164 kb), revised September 2011
    Complete one copy of this form for each each vehicle or trailer you wish to register and add to your license.

  2. Consolidated Vehicle List
    If you are requesting a registration for more than one vehicle or trailer, submit a consolidated list of vehicles in addition to a Registration Application and Inspection Form for each vehicle or trailer you wish to register.

  3. Copy of the State Vehicle Registration Card
    Submit a clear and legible copy of the State Vehicle Registration Card for each vehicle or trailer you wish to register.

  4. Vehicle Inspection
    When we have received and approved all of your completed documents, we will inspect your vehicles or trailers. We will contact you by e-mail, letter, or telephone call, giving you authorization to inspect the designated vehicles and/or trailers by appointment or within a 30-day period.

    See vehicle inspection details below.

Have your vehicle or trailer inspected

To have your vehicle or trailer inspected, you must

  • submit all of your paperwork to the licensing office at the Shady Grove Solid Waste Processing Facility and Transfer Station
  • have a scheduled appointment.

Before bringing your vehicles for inspection, please use the criteria on our vehicle inspection form to ensure that you have complied with all items listed. Make sure they meet the inspection criteria and are properly-functioning.

Solid Waste Vehicle Registration Application and Inspection Form (PDF, 164 kb), revised September 2011

Once all paperwork has been submitted and approved by the County and you have been notified by licensing personnel that your application is complete, your vehicles will be scheduled for inspection.

Vehicle inspections are performed by the Division of Solid Waste Services officials, by appointment only, at the Solid Waste Processing Facility and Transfer Station, Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Use the Truck Entrance on Shady Grove Road.

Location:
16101 Frederick Road
Derwood, Maryland 20855
map and directions

Inspections will not be conducted

  • during inclement weather
  • if the tarmac is wet, or
  • if rain, snow, or sleet is falling.

Effective September 1, 2011, we replaced the metal plates with tamper-proof decals that will be replaced each year when your license or registration is renewed. If your company currently has a metal hauler or collector’s plate issued by Montgomery County Government assigned to the vehicle being inspected, you must return it to the inspector at the time of the inspection.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact Verónica Fernández at 240-777-6565.