Obtaining A New Maryland Drivers License

Applying for a new driver's license in Maryland? Dealing with the MVA doesn't have to be a nightmare. 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.

1: Online application, checklist and download

Online application assistance can simplify and streamline the process for many MVA-related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the MVA, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide" specific to your needs, fast answers to tough questions and prompt service from a friendly staff. You will also receive 30 days of emergency roadside assistance at no additional cost. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: Take the MVA Practice Test

3: Via a local MVA office

If your prefer to access MVA services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical MVA office location. 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 local MVA allows you to make a personal appointment.

Read more below to see if an in-person visit is really necessary.


The only way to get a driver’s license in Maryland is to go to your local MVA office as there are no other options to get your license. Here’s how the process works.

Before you apply for your license you should study the Maryland driver’s handbook.

To Apply

You need a driver’s license to legally operate a motor vehicle in Maryland. First time driver’s, and those new to the state will need to obtain anew driver’s license.


  • No matter your age you’ll need to complete a driver’s 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 driver’s education course unless you were already licensed in another state before coming to Maryland.
  • Those over 18 will need to take driver’s 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

Documents: Age, identity, SSN, residence and status, documents are required

Information on Documents may be obtained through this link:

  • 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 after moving from state to state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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