This Step: Get a Drivers License
Get a Drivers License in Maryland
To be eligible to graduate to a provisional license, you must be at least 16 years and three months old and have held your Maryland learner’s permit for a minimum six-month, conviction-free period. In some cases, you might need to wait nine months before taking your driver skills test
Make a Road Test Appointment at the MD MVA
You must schedule your driver skills test ahead of time. You can either call or go online to book a road test appointment.
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B) Gather Required Documents and Maryland License Fees
Be prepared to provide the following on test day:
- Drivers education certificate (as proof you completed 30 classroom hours and six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction); this is not required if it was submitted electronically
- A completed Practice and Skills Log (signed by a parent or legal guardian if you are 18, or a mentor if you are 18 or older)
- Current Maryland learner’s permit
- Valid drivers license of the person accompanying you to the test
- Registration card and proof of insurance for the test vehicle you provide
- Proper fees (cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or check made payable to the Motor Vehicle Administration)
B) Take the Road Test
With your required documents and fees in hand, head to your appointment early with a validly licensed driver. If inclement weather could effect your test, or simply to confirm your appointment before making the trip, use the online scheduling system and your confirmation number to ensure your road test is still a go.
Road Test Retakes
If you don’t pass the road test the first time around, you must wait one day before you can retest. If you fail again, you must wait seven days between every try.
Get Your Maryland Driver's License
Provisional Drivers License
Once you pass the road test, you’ll receive a provisional license. With your new license, you must follow these restrictions:
Younger than 21
- With your license you’ll carry an “UNDER 21 alcohol restriction,” prohibiting you from driving (or attempting to drive) with a blood alcohol concentration of .02% or above
- This expires 60 days after your 21st birthday
Younger than 18
You can only drive without supervision from 5 a.m. to midnight unless you are:
- Accompanied by a qualified, licensed driver who is at least 21 years old
- Driving to, from or during work, a school class or an official school activity, an organized volunteer program or an opportunity to participate in an athletic event or related training session
You also cannot have passengers younger than 18 during the first five months of the provisional period, unless you are accompanied by a qualified supervising driver, or if your passengers are direct family members. Direct family members can be your spouse, daughter, son, stepdaughter, stepson, sister, brother, stepsister or stepbrother or a relative who lives at the same address.
Lastly, you must not use a wireless communication device (including a cell phone) while operating a motor vehicle, with the exception of making a 911 emergency call.
Full Drivers License
You must maintain a conviction-free provisional license for an assigned six-, 12- or 18-month period to be eligible for full license status. See the Driver’s Handbook and Study Guide for specifics.
Once you meet all the requirements of the Graduated Licensing System, the state will automatically convert your provisional license to a full license. You’ll receive a supplemental card showing the conversion in the mail. Keep this with your provisional license when you drive; the card expires when your provisional license expires. Then you must renew your license and pay a fee to obtain a new, full drivers license.