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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in Maryland

Maryland drivers licenses are issued to any drivers who intend to drive on public roads in the state. Aside from granting drivers license holders permission to operate a motor vehicle in Maine, an MD DMV drivers license is also recognized as an official identification document, accepted by all government agencies. Driving applicants must first pass a drivers ed course and meet other requirements set by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) before being eligible to receive a new drivers license.

Did you know? Half of new drivers fail the Maryland written driving test on the first try. Increase your chances of passing the test by studying with our DMV practice exam.

How to Apply for a Maryland Driver's License:

  • Visit an MD MVA location.
  • Provide proof of completing a Maryland-approved driver education program plus 60 hours of driving with a supervising driver.
  • Present the required documentation.
  • Pass the written DMV exam.
  • Take and pass the driving test.
  • Pass a vision screening.
  • Pay Maryland driver's license fees.

The topics below conveniently cover everything you need to know about getting drivers licenses in Maryland.

Types of Drivers Licenses in Maryland

The state of Maryland has three driver's license class codes, A, B and C, for both commercial and non-commercial (standard) driver's licenses. You will need to fill out a drivers license application, whether you intend to obtain a standard MD drivers licenses or a CDL drivers licenses.

  • Class C non-commercial learner drivers license - Issued to teen drivers who may operate a vehicle with certain restrictions.
  • Class C non-commercial (standard) drivers license - Issued to drivers who operate a non-commercial vehicle that weighs less than 26,001 pounds (GVW).
  • Class A non-commercial driver' license - Permits drivers to operate any non-commercial vehicle.
  • Class B non-commercial driver's license - Permits drivers to operate any single or combination of non-commercial vehicles.
  • Motorcycle license - Issued to drivers who operate a motorcycle.
  • Commercial Drivers License (CDL) - Class A, B or C driving license - Issued to drivers who operate commercial vehicles.

First-Time Driver (Under 18) in Maryland

Maryland residents are required to apply for driver licenses privileges in order to operate a motor vehicle within the state. All new drivers license applicants must meet the requirements outlined by the state's Motor Vehicle Administration in order to get an MD drivers license. To be eligible to receive a drivers license, you will need to pass a series of exams, as well as show proof of identity, birthdate, Social Security Number (if applicable) and in-state residential address.

For more information, visit our Learner's Permit page.

Maryland New Drivers (Over 18)

The MD DMV requires first-time driving applicants to take a written driver's test before getting drivers license privileges.

MD Driver's Study Guide and Driver's Practice Test

Our Maryland DMV practice test acts as a study guide to prepare you for your official exam day. Drivers who are 18 or older can use the practice permit test to review test subjects like motor vehicle laws, safe driving practices and road signs.

How to Apply for Drivers Licenses in MD

When getting a drivers license in MD, driving applicants must make an appointment at a local MD DMV branch to present the necessary documentation. New drivers license applicants are required to gather and present the following documents:

  • Proof of identity and date of birth.
  • Proof of Social Security Number or proof of ineligibility for a Social Security Number.
  • Proof of lawful status in the U.S.
  • Proof of Maryland residency (two documents).

MD Drivers License Eligibility Requirements

Driving applicants getting a Maryland DMV drivers license must be at least 16 years and six months old. Requirements for receiving a first-time drivers license include providing the proper documentation, and passing a written driver's test, a driving skills test and a vision exam to certify that you are a safe driver.

MD Written/Driving Test

To obtain an MD drivers license, all drivers must first pass a written driver's exam, then successfully complete a driving skills test. To thoroughly prepare for the written knowledge test, driving applicants can take a practice permit test. A DMV practice test contains questions based on the content found in the MD MVA handbook, similar to the questions found on the actual exam.

MD Driving Test

The Maryland driver's test examines a driving applicant's ability to drive safely and obey road signs and traffic laws. The test may include the following select maneuvers:

  • Your ability to obey traffic laws.
  • Your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle on public roads.
  • Your ability to perform basic driving maneuvers.
  • Your ability to follow from a safe distance .

A supervising driver must accompany the driving applicant to the road test location, but only the applicant, examiner and an MVA-approved interpreter (when applicable) may be in the vehicle during the test. Driving applicants must supply a vehicle in safe operating condition, with valid license plates and registration documents, as well as at least half a tank of gas in order to take the driving exam. A new drivers license will be issued after the driving applicant receives a passing grade and pays any necessary fees.

New Maryland Resident

New Maryland residents must visit a local DMV branch within 60 days to transfer their non-commercial, out-of-state driver's license to an MD DMV drivers license. Commercial license-holders must get a Maryland drivers license within 30 days of establishing residency. You will be required to bring with you proof of identity, in-state residency, as well as proof of your transferred car insurance and car title. New residents will have to undergo a vision test, and take a written driver's test and a driving skills exam if the out-of-state license has been expired for one year or more.

In addition to getting drivers license privileges in FL, you will also have to title and register your vehicle within 60 days of moving to Maryland. You can apply for an MD title and registration in three ways: in person at a full service MVA branch, via mail by sending the necessary documents to the MD DMV Out-of-State Title Unit or at a MVA licensed tag agency. Be prepared to show proof of ownership.

Replace Driver's License in Maryland

If you need a duplicate drivers license because your original document was lost, stolen or damaged, then you can submit a request for a replacement drivers license online or at an MVA kiosk. Due to certain restrictions, certain drivers must visit a local DMV branch and show proper documentation in order to request a replacement license. For more information about getting a duplicate driver's license and associated fees, click here.

Locate a DMV in Maryland

To find the Maryland MVA branch nearest you, visit our MD DMV locations page. In addition to listing contact information for several DMV branches, you can also review a number of MVA different offices in your area and select the one that is most convenient for you.

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