How To Get License In Maryland?


How To Get License In Maryland
How to Apply for Provisional Driver License in Maryland – Provisional License is the second step of Maryland’s Graduated Licensing System for rookie drivers. It allows you to drive on your own starting 16 ½ years of age. You must maintain a clean driving record for 18 months before getting a full license.

  • No driving with passengers under the age of 18, other than immediate family members, for the first 151 days, without a qualified supervising driver.
  • No driving between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless driving to or from a job, official school activity, volunteer program, an athletic event (participant), related training session or supervised by a licensed driver at least 21 years old with 3 years of driving experience.
  • No driving with any wireless communication device, including a hands-free device.
  • You must use a safety belt at all times. All passengers must use safety belts or child safety seats.
  1. Hold the learner’s permit If under 25 years of age, hold it for at least 9 months. If 25 and older, hold your permit for at least 45 days. If you are under 25 when your learner’s permit is obtained and then turn 25 afterwards, the MVA will permit you to apply for a provisional license after 45 days (the 45 days may include the days you held the permit before turning 25).
  2. Complete a driver education program It’s a standardized Maryland MVA approved course consisting of a minimum of 30-hours of classroom instruction and 6-hours behind the wheel training. Your driving school will electronically submit verification of completion to the MVA. Check the list of certified schools here,
  3. Complete a practice skills log Complete the certification page from the practice skills log, If under 25, you should log at least 60 hours of supervised behind-the-wheel driving and 10 hours of driving at night. If 25 and older, log at least 14 hours of supervised behind the wheel driving and 3 hours of night driving.
  4. Maintain conviction free driving record Any conviction or probation before judgment with a provisional license will restart the 18 month time period you must hold the license. (9 month period for 25+ years of age)
  5. Schedule your road test Use the MD MVA’s Scheduling System to make an appointment in advance. You will receive a confirmation number that will help you confirm your appointment online or change it if needed.
  6. Pass the road test Bring you current Maryland learner’s permit, completed practice skills log and a properly registered and insured vehicle. You must be accompanied by a driver with a valid license. If you don’t pass the test on your 1 st or 2 nd attempt, you must wait at least 7 days in between each subsequent attempt.
  7. Get your provisional license by mail You can start driving unsupervised.

Your provisional license will automatically become the full license after you hold it for the minimum requested time.

How long does it take to get a driver’s license in Maryland?

Download Article Download Article The state of Maryland requires everyone who drives to have a driver’s license. You can get your first learner’s permit at the age of 15 years and 9 months. After you drive successfully with your learner’s permit for 9 months, you can then obtain a provisional license, and eventually a regular license.

  1. 1 Study the Maryland Driver’s Manual. This is available online at or in any office of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Authority (MVA). The Maryland Driver’s Manual contains information about the driving laws in Maryland, and will be necessary to pass the written knowledge test to get your learner’s permit.
  2. 2 Be at least 15 years and 9 months old. In Maryland, you must be at least 15 years and 9 months old before you can apply for your learner’s permit. You will be able to begin taking a classroom instruction program earlier than this. But the minimum age to apply for your learner’s permit is 15 years and 9 months. Advertisement
  3. 3 Gather the documents you will need and go to the MVA office. When you are ready, you will need to take the following information with you to your nearest full-service MVA office:
    • Your parents or legal guardian. This may not just be an older friend. One of your parents must be with you to sign your application.
    • Proof of identification. You may take a U.S. Passport, or a birth certificate together with a social security card.
    • Proof of Maryland residence. You need to bring two forms of proof of your residence in Maryland. This could be some combination of utility bills, canceled checks with a printed address, or bank statements to the address.
    • License fee. The fee for a learner’s license is $50. You can pay by credit card, cash, check or money order.
    • If you are under 16 years old when you are applying for your learner’s permit, then you will also need to have the Learner’s Permit School Attendance Certification Form. You can download this form online at or pick one up from the MVA office. You may also be able to get one from your school’s office or guidance office. The form must be completed and signed by someone at your school. You then need to deliver it, in a sealed envelope, to the MVA official when you go for your learner’s permit.
  4. 4 Take the required tests. When you report to the MVA for your learner’s permit, you will take a written knowledge test and a vision test.
    • Written knowledge test. This will cover information that is in the Maryland Driver’s Manual regarding rules of the road and requirements for driving. The test consists of 25 questions and is administered on a computer. You will need a passing score of 85% in order to pass.
    • Vision test. To pass the vision screening, you must be able to score at least 20/40 eyesight in each eye, and a continuous field of vision (peripheral vision) of at least 140 degrees. A restricted license may be available for people with eyesight of 20/70 and field of vision of 110 degrees.
  5. 5 Understand what your learner’s permit allows. With your learner’s permit, you may drive only with a licensed driver over age 21 sitting in the seat next to you and you may not use any cell phone, whether hands-free or not, while driving.
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  1. 1 Complete a Driver’s Education Course. This may be a class sponsored by your high school, taught by a private company, or taught by your parents. If you parents teach you, they will need to meet all state requirements and submit a statement of compliance. This class must consist of at least 30 hours of classroom training, and 6 hours of on-the-road instruction.
    • You must have your learner’s permit before you are allowed to begin the driving training portion of any class.
    • The MVA publishes a list of approved driver’s education programs on its website.
    • The driving school will automatically transmit a record of your taking and passing the class to the MVA.
  2. 2 Complete at least 60 hours of driving practice. With your learner’s permit, you must have a licensed adult over age 21 in the car with you, and you must keep a log of the hours you drive. At least 10 hours must be night driving, and the MVA recommends that you try to spend at least some time practicing driving in poor weather.
    • If you are over 25, you must still complete a practice log, but you are only required to show 14 hours of practice driving.
    • The MVA publishes a “Rookie Driver: New Driver and Coach Practice Guide.” This Guide contains a form that you can use to record your practice hours. You will need to take that log with you when you return to the MVA office for your provisional license.
  3. 3 Use your learner’s permit for at least nine months. The purpose of the learner’s permit is to give you the opportunity to drive, with a qualified adult in the car, and practice your driving skills before getting a provisional license. You are encouraged to get as much practice as you can during these nine months, so when you go for your driving skills test, you will have had plenty of practice.
  4. 4 Be at least 16 years, six months old. Because you must drive with a learner’s permit for at least nine months, and the earliest you can get it is 15 years and nine months, then the earliest possible age for the provisional license is 16 years and six months old. This provisional license will be the one you use until you turn 18.
    • You must hold the learner’s permit for a minimum of 9 months. If you have any driving infractions during this time, your provisional license will be delayed.
  5. 5 Contact the MVA office nearest you to schedule your driving test. You must schedule an appointment for your driving test. Tests are not available on a walk-in basis.
    • From the MVA home page,, select the link to “Locations” to find the MVA offices throughout the state.
    • You can use the link at to schedule an appointment online, or you can visit the office where you wish to take the test and schedule an appointment in person.
  6. 6 Attend your driving test. The driving skills test is a test of your ability to operate a car on the public roadways. If you have logged the required 60 hours of practice time, you should be ready for the driving test.
    • You should come to the driving test with a vehicle that is in good operating condition and has at least a half-tank of gas.
    • For your own comfort, this should be the vehicle that you spent most of the time practicing in.
    • You and your parent (or other responsible adult whose car you are using) must complete and sign the Certification of Insurance and Authorization to Operate Vehicle. This form certifies that the car you will be using for the driving test is in good condition and is insured.
  7. 7 Understand what your provisional license allows. With a provisional license, the following rules apply:
    • You may only drive between 5:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m., unless a licensed driver over 21 years old is with you, or you are driving to or from a job, official school activity, volunteer program or athletic event.
    • You may not drive with passengers under the age of 18, except immediate family members.
    • You may not use any cell phone, whether hands-free or not, while driving.
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  1. 1 Get and study the Maryland Driver’s Manual. This is available online or at any MVA office. Even though you may be an experienced driver, it is still recommended that you review the rules of driving in Maryland.
  2. 2 Gather the documents you will need and go to the nearest MVA office. When you are ready, you will need to take the following information with you to your nearest MVA facility:
    • Your out-of-state driver’s license. If you do not have the actual license, you will need to bring a certified copy of your driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles of your prior state of residence.
    • Proof of identification. You should take with you either a U.S. Passport, or a birth certificate together with a social security card.
    • Proof of Maryland residence. This may be a mortgage, lease, home insurance policy, credit card statements, or similar items. You need to bring two separate items of proof.
    • License fee. The fee for the license is based on age or the number of years driving experience. Check with your nearest MVA office for the amount of the fee for your particular license. The fee is payable by cash, check or credit card.
  3. 3 Take the vision test. You must be able to demonstrate eyesight in each eye of 20/40 and peripheral vision of 140 degrees. Restricted licenses are available for people with eyesight of 20/70 and peripheral vision of 110 degrees.
    • You may have your vision screening conducted at the MVA office, or you may have a doctor of your choice conduct the screening and complete the state’s vision form, which you take with you.
  4. 4 Surrender your out-of-state license. You may not keep an active, valid driver’s license from more than one state. When you surrender your out-of-state license, you will be issued your Maryland license.
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Advertisement Article Summary X To obtain your driver’s license in Maryland, you’ll need to apply for a learner’s permit, pass a test to get your provisional license, then drive for 18 months before you get your full license. To get your learner’s permit, you need to be at least 15 years and 9 months old, and you’ll need to pass a test on driving laws and safety.

  1. Once you have your learner’s permit, you’ll be able to drive with supervision from someone over 21 with their own full license.
  2. The next step is getting your provisional license.
  3. You’ll need to log at least 60 hours of driving practice with a driving course or with your parents.
  4. After 9 months, you can then take your provisional driving test.

Once you pass that, you’ll have to drive for 18 months and have a clean record to upgrade to your full license. For more tips from our Legal co-author, including how to follow restrictions for your provisional license, read on! Did this summary help you? Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 73,124 times.

Can you get a Maryland license online?

If your Maryland Driver’s license was lost or stolen, you may obtain a duplicate license online or at a Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) Kiosk. It is important to replace your license if you plan on driving. Driving without a driver’s license is a crime, which carries a fine.

  1. To apply online or at a MVA Kiosk, you will need your Driver’s License number, Date of Birth, and the last four digits of your Social Security number or your MVA PIN number.
  2. The cost for a duplicate license is $20.
  3. You should receive your license in the mail to your address on file within 4-6 business days.

The Post Office will not forward MVA mail. Hint: If you do not know your driver’s license number, check your vehicle registration documents, car insurance documents, or correspondence you may have received from the MVA (e.g., renewal notices). The license number may be listed on those documents.

Your license was stolen; You are less than 21 years old; You have any suspensions, cancellations or revocations; You have a limited term license (this is indicated by a restriction T); You are applying for your 3 rd duplicate license (or more); You have a tax compliance flag; The Social Security number on file cannot be verified (For example: You have a name change that has not been reported to the Social Security Administration); or You have a suspension in another State

When you go to the MVA, you will have to bring the same proofs of identity that you presented to obtain the original license. The MVA website has an online tool to assist with identifying documents needed for proof of age, identity, and residency, and or see COMAR, You must present documents to prove the following:

Your age and identity; Your Social Security Number (SSN) or proof of ineligibility for an SSN; Your lawful status in the United States; and Your Maryland residency

The MVA employee will verify your documentation, collect the $20 fee, and issue your duplicate license. Hint: Visit the MVA in the middle of the week and in the middle of the month. They are much less busy at those times.

Do you need to go to driving school to get your license in MD?

​Successfully completing a certified Driver Education Program course that includes 30 hours of classroom learning and six (6) hours of behind-the-wheel training is a requirement for all new Maryland drivers, regardless of age.

How much is it to get a Maryland license?

Driver Licensing Fees –

Commercial CDL
CDL Renewal/Conversion (Includes CDLIS fee) $68.00
CDL Conversion (Out of State to MD CDL same class. Includes CDLIS fee 8​ -year license) $92.00
* Add Motorcycle Class CDL Duplicate $45.00 $20.00
CDL Correction (w/o renewal) $20.00
CDL Skills Retest $20.00
CDL Learner’s Permit (Includes CDLIS & Skills Test fees) $90.00
CDL HAZMAT Background Check (BRC) $87.2​5
Non-Commercial License
Driver’s License Renewal ($6.00 per year) $48.00 – 8 years*
Driver’s License Duplicate $20.00
Driver’s License Corrected $20.00
Driver’s License New (under 21) $9.00* per year
Driver’s License New (21 & over) $72.00*/$9.00* per year
Learner’s Permit – Non CDL Type I (GLS) No previous license – includes conversion to full license) $50.00
Learner’s Permit – Non CDL Type II (Currently/previously licensed) $30.00
Learner’s Permit Corrected $20.00
Motorcycle License – New (under 21) Motorcycle License – New (21 & over) $9.00* per year $72.00*/$9.00* per year
Moped License – New $45.00
Moped License – Renewal $30.00
Moped License – Duplicate $20.00
Moped License – Corrected $20.00
Photo ID Card – New/Renewal (under 18) $15.00 *
Photo ID Card – New/Renewal (18 & over) $24.00 *
Photo ID Card – Duplicate/Correction Photo ID Card – Homeless (New/Correction) $20.00 $ 1.00
* Fees may be prorated per year Veteran’s Status and Organ Donor Designations: There is no fee to add or remove a veteran’s status or organ donor designation. Vision Restriction: There is no fee to add or remove the vision restriction code (B, C or F). Photo ID Card (all types): There is no fee for an ID card if you are 65 years of age or older, or if you have a disability which limits a major life activity.


How long do I wait to get my full license?

How can I get a Full Licence? – You may apply for a Full Licence after you have had your Restricted Licence for 18 months if you’re under 25 years of age, or in 6 months if you’re 25 and over. This period can be reduced if you successfully complete an approved advanced driver course, like the Defensive Driving course (reduced to 12 months if you are under 25 and 3 months if you are 25 and over).

How many questions is the Maryland permit test?

What to expect on the actual MD MVA exam –

  • 25 questions
  • 22 correct answers to pass
  • 88% passing score
  • 15 ¾ Minimum age to apply

This Maryland MVA practice test has just been updated for November 2022 and covers 40 of the most essential road signs and rules questions directly from the official 2022 MD Driver Handbook, As part of meeting the requirements to get your Maryland learner’s permit or driver’s license, you must take a knowledge test and correctly answer 22 out of 25 questions, to achieve the required passing score of 85%.

Once you pass the knowledge test, a vision test, and meet any other requirements, you can receive your learner’s instructional permit. This is for any driver of any age who has not had a noncommercial driver’s license before. You must be 15 years and nine months old, at least, to apply for your learner’s instructional permit, and once you receive it, it is valid for a maximum of two years.

The fee for a learner’s instructional permit is $50. This cost includes the conversion to a full license when the time comes, so you will not have to pay again. This practice test will help succeed on the Maryland knowledge test as it contains information straight from the 2022 Maryland Driver’s Manual.4.3 out of 5 • 3874 votes.

What is proof of residency in Maryland?

​Due to the FEDERAL REAL ID Act, documents (including a birth certificate) may be required to renew your Maryland Driver’s License or Identification Card. Click here​ to learn more from the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. One (1) proof of age and identity Examples: An original or certified copy of your U.S.

  1. Birth Certificate or a valid, unexpired U.S. Passport.
  2. If your current legal name is different than what is listed on these documents, you will also need to provide a government-issued marriage certificate, divorce decree, or other court document(s) to explain the name change.) Click here for more information on how to identify a certified copy of a birth certificate.

One (1) proof of Social Security Examples: An original Social Security Card, W-2 form, or a Social Security Administration Benefits Statement, SSA-1099 (Displaying your name and full Social Security number.) Two (2) proofs of Maryland residency Examples: Insurance Card, Vehicle Registration, Credit Card Bill, Utility Bill, Bank Statement, or Mail from a Federal, State, or Local government agency.

Do I need to go to driving school to get my license?

1. You Need It to Get a Driver’s License – If you want to get a driver’s license, you need to attend a driving school in the Philippines. All LTO sites now require a Theoretical Driving Course (TDC) certificate before issuing a driver’s license. Currently, you can take online theoretical driving courses in the Philippines as well as face-to-face or classroom theoretical driving courses at any LTO-accredited driving school.

The policy requires all LTO student permit applicants, including those with foreign and expired student permits, a 15-hour driving course from an LTO-accredited driving school, an authorized driving school instructor or administrator, or from any LTO-Driver Education Center. Non-professional and professional license applications are also required to take the course if their student permits were issued from August 3, 2020 onwards.

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How do I transfer my drivers license to Maryland?

​ Welcome to Maryland! How to obtain a driver’s license or identification card N ew residents to Maryland have sixty days in which to obtain a Maryland driver’s license. Commercial drivers must transfer their commercial driver’s license (CDL), within 30 days.

An out-of-state license must be a valid license or a license expired for less than one year. The license cannot be suspended. If you are exchanging an out-of-state license that has been expired for one (1) year or more, you are required to take the knowledge and skills tests in addition to the vision test. You will need your out-of-state license(s), if you do not have the license in your possession, you will need to present a certified driving record from the licensing agency.​ You must pass a vision test, New Maryland residents must obtain a Maryland driver’s license within 60 days. If licensed for less than 18 months, you will be issued a Maryland provisional license. You will be asked to surrender your out-of-state driver’s license before you can obtain a Maryland one.

MDOT MVA provides one of the most secure driver’s licenses, learner’s permits and identification (ID) cards in the nation. All cards are delivered through the mail within 4-7 business days. The cards incorporate cutting-edge security features to help protect against identity theft and fraud and meet all state and federal standards for REAL ID.

Title and Registration For information on title and registration for new Maryland residents visit here, To search a list of service providers including tag and titles, dealerships and more visit our eBusiness portal, As a new resident of Maryland you must register your vehicle within 60 days of moving to Maryland.

If you delay beyond 60 days, you will not be eligible for a tax credit for any titling tax paid in another state, and you may be subject to a citation for an out of state registration.​ Military Test Waivers Tests may be waived for active duty military and their dependents if the issuing state grants military extensions.

Before visiting the MVA, please contact the state in which your license was issued to find out if a military extension is granted. There is no automatic extension for active duty military. Each state has procedures and Maryland will review the procedures of the state in which the license was issued before determining whether the transfer can be done without testing.

Federally Non-Compliant Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards I mmigrants, with foreign documentation that does not have valid accompanying United States Citizenship and Immigration Services documentation should visit the Online Document Guide to start the process.

Apply for an individ​ual taxpayer identification number through the U.S. Internal Revenue Service. Please click here for more information. File Maryland Income Taxes for the preceding 2 years and obtain a certification letter that is needed to make an appointment and present to the MVA. Obtain a certification letter by applying online or by making an appointment to visit one of the Comptroller’s branch offices. Please click here for more information; Apply for and obtain identity documents such as a valid, current foreign passport; Obtain two residency documents such as copies of a residential lease, utility bill, or bank statement; and Study the Maryland Driver’s Manual and take the Online Driver Test Tutorial to prepare for the knowledge test. Schedule an appointment onli​ne to apply for a federally non-compliant driver’s license or identification card. You will be asked to surrender your out-of-state identification card before you can obtain a Maryland one.

Do you have to take a drivers test in Maryland?

What is the Maryland MVA Driving Test? – The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) driving test is a driver’s license test all people living in Maryland have to take to receive their noncommercial or commercial Maryland driver’s license. People who have their permit but have never taken the driving test before, or people who have received their driver’s license but allowed it to be expired longer than 1 year without renewing it must take the Maryland MVA driving test.