Obtaining A New Maryland Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Maryland? We offer links to resources that will save you time and get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many MVA related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the MVA in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local MVA.

3: Via a MVA office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local MVA office. Varying MVA offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the MVA closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your MVA allows you to make a personal appointment.

In Maryland, you must visit a local MVA office in order to get a new drivers license. Before you apply for a new license you should prepare yourself by reading the Maryland Driver's Handbook

To Apply

You need a drivers license to legally operate a motor vehicle in Maryland. First-time drivers, and those new to the state, will need to obtain a new drivers license.

  • No matter your age, you’ll need to complete a drivers education program to get a full license. You will receive a learner’s permit first before you can apply for a full license.
  • If you are younger than 18, you’ll need to take a drivers education course unless you were already licensed in another state before coming to Maryland.
  • Those over 18 will need to take drivers education unless you held a valid license in another state.


  • Pass a written test about the laws of the road and safety practices. Read the manual from the link above to study.
  • Vision test is required

Required Documents

Information on documents may be obtained here:

  • Provide your Social Security number
  • Present proof of lawful presence
  • Show acceptable proof of age, name, and identity
  • Provide two acceptable proofs of residency documents
  • Complete an application form; if you're under 18, your parent or guardian must sign the paperwork.
  • Bring payment for the permit fee; in most cases, the cost is $50.

For more information:

MVA Driver Services Division
6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
Glen Burnie, MD  21062

By Phone:

    • MVA Customer Service Center: 1-410-768-7000
    • TTY/Hearing Impaired: 1-301-729-4563

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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