How do I get a Maryland Driver's License:
To get a driver's license in Maryland you must complete all the steps of the graduated
licensing system. The steps are as follows: (does not have to be completed in this order)
1. Successfully complete a 30 hour approved classroom driver's ed. course at a Maryland MVA approved driving school like Drive On Time Driving School.
2. Get your learners permit at any Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration branch
-costs $50 -must have birth certificate, social security card and two forms of proof of Maryland residency -If you are under 16, you must have high school attendance form filled out by the school your child attends and MVA must receive it in a sealed envelope. Click Here =>To: GET FORM NOW
3. Complete 6 hours of behind the wheel training with a Maryland MVA licensed driving instructor.
4. Complete the Rookie Driver Log 60 hours of driving practice. (Must be signed and verified by the parent who co-signed for your learner's permit if you are under 18.)(Individuals over 25 years old must log 14 hours in a log book with a driver 21 years old or over who have held a license for at least 3 years.)
5. You must hold your learner's permit for 9 months with no moving violations. (Individuals 25 years or older must hold a permit for 45 days prior to testing for a provisional license.)
6. After completing all of the previous 5 steps, you are ready to test for a provisional license at the Motor Vehicle Administration branch of your choice.
-Tests are scheduled online the following link will take you to the MVA scheduling system: SCHEDULE YOUR SKILLS TEST AT THE MVA NOW
MVA Driver Skills Test Tips
MVA Closed Course Test (5-10 min.)
1. Parallel parking is no longer part of the MVA driving skills test.
2. Reverse turnabout you must back between cones without touching a cone and must pull out and drive around curb without hopping the curb you also have 3 min. to complete
3. Stop signs with stop lines you must be behind the stop line every time and must make complete stops every time (feel the rock back) and must do all visual checks before proceeding into the intersection
4. Open Road Course (10-15 min.) 25 – 40 MPH roads (if you don't know the speed limit assume 30 MPH). MVA uses different routes every day, but, all routes are close around the MVA office due to time constraints
MVA Driving Test Tips and Vehicle Checklist
1. You need your learner's permit and rookie driver log filled out and signed by the parent who co-signed for your permit or if over 18 any driver 21 years old with 3 years experience.
2. You need an adult 21 year old driver with 3 years driving experience.
3. You need a car with a valid registration and insurance card with starting and ending policy effective dates printed on the card or your insurance policy itself.
4. Front and rear tags, as required, with valid registration
5. Windshield - unobstructed view, no cracks
6. Driver and passenger doors- must open/close Seat belt- secure, fastens properly
7. Tires- properly inflated with adequate tread and no missing lug nuts on wheels
8. Lights and lenses-none broken all operate (head, brake, signals, hazards)
9. Gas gauge reads at least ½ tank and cap is present
10. Rear view and outside left side mirror- secure, not broken
11. Front seats- free of debris (oil food, wetness) operational, not broken
12. Glove box -closed, no loose articles that may create a hazard
13. Exhaust system-secure, no leaks, smelled, seen or heard
14. Brake and accelerator pedal- secure, properly adjusted, operable
15. No Dashboard warning lights illuminated-none activated, no safety concerns
16. No Fluid leaks- oil, coolant, transmission fluid etc.
17. Horn operational
18. Speedometer operational
Dangerous Acts/Automatic Failure* – Your driving test will be terminated immediately if you commit any unsafe action. Examples of some unsafe actions are listed below:
1. Failure to wear glasses or contact lenses, if required
2. Failure to properly fasten safety belt (shoulder and lap belt, if equipped with both)
3. Not close enough to the curb in three minutes on parallel parking or failure to back between the cones in three minutes on the turnabout.
4. Moving a Cone/Flag
5. Failure to come to a complete stop at a stop sign or to stop properly behind the stop line.
6. Failure to obey signs, signals, any other traffic law
7. If you are involved in an avoidable crash or if your vehicle makes contact with other vehicles, objects or pedestrians.
8. If you commit any unsafe act or if another driver is forced to take evasive action in order to prevent a crash.
9. If you put the vehicle over sidewalks or curbs.
10. If you do not follow the examiner's verbal instructions.
11. If you impede the flow of traffic unnecessarily.
12. If you remove both hands from the steering wheel while the vehicle is in motion.
13. One handed steering (palming the wheel) or reaching inside the wheel to steer
14. If the examiner is forced to intervene; physically or verbally to avoid a collision or unsafe act.
*Your tests will also be terminated when excessive basic driving errors are accumulated.