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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Applying For Your MD License
  • Preparing For Your MD Written Test
  • Taking Your MD Written Test
  • Preparing For Your MD Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Taking Your MD Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • After You Have Passed The MD Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Renewing Your MD Driver's License
  • What If You're Moving To MD Or Just Visiting
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Applying For Your MD License
When am I eligible to apply for my MD license?
In MD, the minimum age requirement to begin the licensing process is 15 years old.
What documents do I need to take with me when I apply for my MD license?
When you apply for your MD Driver's License, you will need to demonstrate proof of your age, your identity, your legal status in the US, your Social Security Number (or proof of your ineligibility) and your residency in Maryland. If you are under 16, you will also need to submit proof that you have attended a Driver's Education course i.e. the Learner's Permit School Attendance Form.
Where should I go to apply for my MD license?
You are able to apply at any local MVA office. You can find a list of available locations by visiting this website: http://www.mva.maryland.gov/locations/
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my MD Written Test if I am under 18?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you to your MD Written Test.
Do I need to my eyes checked before I can obtain a MD Driver's license?
Yes. You do have to complete a vision test in order to get your MD license.
Where do I take my MD Driver's License photo?
You must take your MD Driver's license photo at your local MVA office when you go in to take your exam. When you take your photo, you should make sure that you wear what you would wear normally. It's extremely important that your face is clearly shown and recognizable. Look straight at the camera and do not smile, as a resting face is easier to identify.
Preparing For Your MD Written Test
What should I use to study for my MD Written Test?
The best way to study for the MD Written Test is to read the entire Maryland Driver's Manual. Additionally, you can find quiz questions on our website that can act as a supplement to the MD Driver's Manual.
Do I have to enroll into a Driver's Ed. Class if I am under 18?
If you have never possessed a license, you will need to attend a Driver's Education course.
Where can I find a copy of the MD Driver's Manual?
You can find a copy of the MD Driver's Manual by visiting this website and downloading a PDF version: http://www.mva.maryland.gov/drivers/maryland-drivers-manual.htm
Are there any chapters of the MD Driver's Manual that I can skip?
To have the best chance of passing your MD Written Test, you should read the entire Manual. The Written Test will test your knowledge of traffic safety laws, traffic signs, signaling devices and many more topics that are covered in the MD Driver's Manual.
How many questions do I have to answer correctly on the MD Written Test to pass?
The MD Written Test consists of 20 multiple choice questions. You will need to answer 17 of those 20 questions correctly in order to pass.
Where can I go to take my MD Written Test?
You will need to take your MD Written Test at a local MVA office. You can find a list of available locations near you by visiting this website: http://www.mva.maryland.gov/locations/
Is there anything I should do the night before my MD Written Test?
Don't cram the night before your exam. Instead, you should review the notes and information you have already studied. If you've done a thorough job studying, the night before should be a quiet review session. It's also a good idea to take a few practice questions on our website. Get a good night's rest as well.
What should I do when I am ready to take my MD Written Test?
Once you have studied thoroughly for your MD Written Test, you should gather the necessary documents and visit your local MVA office to take your exam.
Taking Your MD Written Test
At what age am I eligible to take the MD Written Test?
In MD, the minimum age requirement to begin the licensing process is 15 years old.
What documents do I need to bring with me when I take my MD Written Test?
When you go to take your MD Permit Test, you will need to bring documents that demonstrate proof of your age, your identity, your legal status in the US, your Social Security Number (or proof of your ineligibility) and your residency in Maryland. If you are under 16, you will also need to submit proof that you have attended a Driver's Education course i.e. the Learner's Permit School Attendance Form.
How much does a MD Driver's License cost?
The prices may vary depending on your age and other factors, but generally the cost of a MD Driver's License is $45.
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my MD Written Test?
If you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you to your MD Written Test.
What do I need to know to pass my MD Written Test?
To give yourself the best chance of passing your MD Written Test you should study all chapters and sections of the MD Driver's Manual. The exam will test your knowledge of speed limits, pavement markings, traffic signs, defensive driving, parking situations, intersections and many more basic rules of the road.
How many questions do I have to answer correctly on the MD Written Test to pass?
The MD Written Test consists of 20 multiple choice questions. You will need to answer 17 of those 20 questions correctly in order to pass.
Is the MD Written Test open book?
No. You are not allowed to use your MD Driver's Manual or any other study materials while you take your MD Written Test.
Do I have to take a drug test to be able to take my MD Written Test?
No. You do not have to take or pass a drug test to be able to apply or receive an MD Driver's License.
What happens if I fail my MD Written Test?
There are a few reasons test takers fail their MD Written Test. A test taker who failed may not have studied thoroughly or he or she may have been nervous, anxious and/or distracted on the day of the test. If you fail your MD Written Test, you will not receive your MD Learner's Permit, and you will need to retake the exam. You are able to do so as early as the next business day, but do not rush retaking the exam. Take your time before you retake your exam. Read the entire MD Driver's Manual again and answer test questions on our website so that the next time you take the MD Written Test you have the best chance of passing the MD Written Test.
What happens after I pass my MD Written Test?
If you pass your MD Written Test, you will receive your MD Learner's Permit. You will need to maintain your Learner's Permit for 9 months, and you will need to complete a Driver's Education course. Additionally, you will need to complete 60 hours of behind-the-wheel training.
Preparing For Your MD Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
How should I practice driving for my MD Driving Exam?
You should practice and develop a number of safe driving skills. By the time you schedule your MD Driving Exam, you should feel comfortable accelerating smoothly and gradually, passing through intersections safely, changing lanes effectively, coming to a complete stop at stop signs and traffic signals, parking, maintaining the speed limit, staying in the correct lane, performing two-point turn-abouts and more. Remember during your exam, your primary responsibility is to demonstrate to your examiner that you know how to drive safely and effectively.
Where can I practice driving for my MD Driving Exam?
Anywhere in Maryland as long as you are accompanied by a licensed driver, who is 21 years old or older, whenever you are behind the wheel. You should begin practicing in familiar areas then progress to different areas that will test your driving knowledge and your adaptability to different driving situations.
How can I schedule my MD Road Test?
You can schedule your MD Driving Exam by calling this number (888) 212-4709 or by visiting this website: https://mvascheduling.mdot.state.md.us/default.aspx
Where do I take my MD Driving Exam?
You will take your exam at your local MVA office.
What should I expect on my MD Driving Exam?
Your examiner wants to see that you are capable of driving safely and effectively. During your MD Driving Exam, you want to make sure that you are not driving too quickly or too slowly; you want to accelerate smoothly and gradually. Obey all stop signs and traffic signals, do not tailgate other vehicles and stay in the correct lane. You should also know what various street signs and traffic signals mean.
Is there anything I should do the night before my MD Driving Exam?
The night before your MD Driving Exam, you should practice driving with a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. You should make sure you get a good night's rest.
Do I need to supply my own car for my MD Driving Exam?
Yes. You must supply a vehicle for your MD Driving Exam that is in good working condition. The vehicle should be properly registered and insured. You may rent a car if necessary.
Taking Your MD Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
Does anyone need to accompany me to my MD Driving Exam?
If you are 18 years old or younger, you parent should accompany you to your MD Driving Exam.
Are there any tips that I should follow to help me pass my MD Driving Exam?
Your examiner wants to see that you are capable of driving safely and effectively. During your MD Driving Exam, you want to make sure that you are not driving too quickly or too slowly; you want to accelerate smoothly and gradually. Obey all stop signs and traffic signals, do not tailgate other vehicles and stay in the correct lane. You should also know what various street signs and traffic signals indicate to drivers on the road.
Are there any common mistakes that I should avoid making?
You should avoid driving dangerously, driving too quickly, hitting other objects, forgetting to signal, rolling stops and parking incorrectly. Always maintain good posture and signal well in advance. Additionally, during the maneuverability test, you should be extra careful and avoid hitting the bumpers or miscalculating the correct stopping distance. You will automatically fail if you knock down a marker during the maneuverability test.
Am I allowed to wear my contacts or glasses?
If you wear contacts or glasses regularly to be able to see clearly, you should absolutely wear your corrective lenses during your exam.
Who is allowed to be in the car with me during my MD Driving Exam?
Only you and your examiner are allowed in the car during your MD Driving Exam. The only exception to this rule is if you need a foreign language interpreter.
What happens if I fail my MD Driving Exam?
If you fail the MD Driving Exam, you will not receive your MD Driver's License. You will be able to retake the test as early as the next business day. However, you should not rush retaking the MD Driving Exam after you have failed. You should pay attention to what your examiner indicates as your weaknesses, and you should work upon improving your weaknesses. If you fail your Driving Exam a second time, the waiting period increases to one week.
After You Have Passed The MD Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
What happens after I pass my MD Driving Exam?
After you pass your MD Driving Exam, you will receive your MD Driver's License.
If I am under 18 will there be any limitations on my license?
Yes. If you are under 18, you are not allowed to drive between 12 AM and 5 AM unless a supervising licensed driver accompanies you. Also, you will not be able to drive with anyone who is under 18 years old for the initial 5 months after you have received your license.
Do I need to get car insurance?
Yes. You must carry car insurance. The state of Maryland requires that drivers carry liability insurance of $30,000 minimum, $60,000 per accident for bodily injury and $15,000 for property damage per accident.
What documents do I need to apply for MD car insurance?
The documents that you will need vary depending on the insurance company to which you apply. Generally, insurance companies want you to submit proof of your identity, your driving record and information about the vehicle you would like to insure.
How much does MD car insurance cost?
The price varies depending on your age, your driving history, your car class and other factors. Typically, MD residents pay $1,500 annually.
Why is car insurance more expensive for new drivers in MD?
New drivers and inexperienced drivers (especially teens) have a higher risk of being in an accident, insurance companies often charge more to cover them.
Renewing Your MD Driver's License
How do I renew my MD Driver's license once it has expired?
You may renew your license by mail, online, in person or at a MVA Self Service Kiosk.
Do I have to complete another vision test before I can renew my MD Driver's License?
You will have to complete another vision test when you renew your MD License only if you are 40 years old or older.
What If You're Moving To MD Or Just Visiting
Do I have to pass the MD road test when I move to MD from another state?
If your license is still valid, you do not have to take the MD Driving Exam. After you have moved to Maryland, you will have 60 days to replace your out-of-state license with a MD Driver's License. You will need to pass a vision test in order to get your MD Driver's License.
How long can I drive in MD with my out-of-state license?
As long as you do not become a MD resident, you are allowed to drive with a valid out-of-state license for as long as you like.
Am I allowed to drive in MD with my out-of-country license?
Yes. You are allowed to drive in MD with your out-of-country license for as long as that license is valid.Question Category