11Jun 2015

Maryland Learner’s Permit

In 2011, more than 2000 teenage drivers aged between 15 and 20 years old were killed in motor vehicle accidents. Such statistics have prompted Maryland, to introduce a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program. The first step in the Maryland Graduated Driver Licensing program is to get your learner’s permit.

Learner’s Permit Age Requirements

You must be at least 15 years and 9 months old to be eligible for a Maryland learner’s permit. To apply visit your local MVA branch and:

  • Prove your birth certificate
  • Provide proof of identity
  • Proof of Maryland residence
  • Your Social Security Number
  • Submit a signed, sealed Verification of Identity and/or School Attendance (Form DL-300)
  • Proof of consent from your parents
  • Pay the $50 fee

In addition to the above requirements you will need to take a DMV written test and a vision exam.

Provisional Driver’s License

You have to be at least 16 ½ years old and have successfully completed an approved driver’s education course to be eligible for a provisional driver license. If you have had an out-of state driver’s license for less than 18 months, you must apply for a provisional driver’s license in Maryland. Out-of state Driver’s Ed courses are not accepted by the MVA except some Delaware Driver’s Ed courses approved by the DE Board of Education.

To apply for your provisional driver license, visit your local MVA branch and:

  • Provide your learner’s permit
  • Submit a completed practice driving log, Skills Log and Practice Guide (Form RD-006).
  • Proof of Maryland residence
  • Show your Social Security card
  • Show proof of parental consent
  • Pass the driving skills test.
  • Payment for $9 fee (payable per year)

There are some restrictions if you hold a provisional license, which include not carrying under 18 year old passengers unless under a supervising driver and the passengers should be family members. However, these restrictions only apply for the first 151 days.

It is important to note that once you pay for your Maryland learner’s permit, you will not be required to pay for your provisional license. However, if you entered the graduated licensing system the provisional licensing stage, you will have to pay $9 per year.