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    Get a Drivers License in Maryland

    To be eligible to graduate to a provisional license, you must be at least 16 1/2 years old and have held your Maryland learner's permit for a minimum of 9 months, conviction-free.

    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.

    Find Your Local MVA Office

    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 hours of classroom training and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction); this is not required if it was submitted electronically
    • A completed Practice and Skills Log
    • 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.

    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 years old

    • 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

    Younger than 18 years old

    You can not drive between 12 a.m. to 5 a.m. unless you are:

    • Accompanied by a qualified, licensed driver who is at least 21 years old with at least 3 years driving experience.
    • 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 years old during the first 5 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 the assigned 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 license will still have some restrictions if you are under 18 years old. 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.

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