This Step: Get a Learner Permit
Get a Learner Permit in Maryland
For those who have never held a license, the state refers to you as a Rookie Driver (regardless of your age), and requires you to get a Maryland learner’s permit before graduating to a full license. If you are at least 15 years and nine months old, you can start the application process by following the steps below.
A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests
Prepare for the written exam by taking multiple online practice permit tests before heading to a nearby Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch. Sample test questions cover topics you’ll find on the actual learner’s permit exam.
In addition to passing some practice tests, thoroughly study the Driver’s Handbook and Study Guide. That way you will be prepared to breeze through the actual Motor Vehicle Administration permit test with ease.
B) Gather Required Documents and Maryland Permit Fees
You must provide the following to the state as well as take the written permit exam and vision test at an MD MVA full-service office. For more on the types of proof listed below, refer to state’s page on sources of proof.
- Consent (co-signature) of a parent or legal guardian; if you don’t have a parent or guardian, or if you are married, you can have an adult employer cosign the application or any other responsible adult)
- Proof of age/identity
- Proof of lawful presence
- Social Security number or proof of ineligibility
- Proof of Maryland residence
- Proper fees (cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or check made payable to the Motor Vehicle Administration)
C) Take the Written Permit Test
With the above requirements in hand, head to a nearby Maryland MVA office. Once you pass, your vision screening and written tests, you’ll receive a Maryland learner’s permit valid for one year.