Do I need a MD drivers permit before applying for a Maryland drivers license? Maryland

Maryland Drivers License and Driving Permit

A learners permit is required for all new drivers license applicants who have never previously been licensed in another state or country. This applies to all drivers regardless of age.

How to Apply for a Driving Permit

To obtain a learners permit you'll need to visit any MVA office and provide:

  • Your Social Security number or proof of ineligibility.
  • Proof of age.
  • Proof of lawful presence.
  • Proof of identity.
  • Proof of Maryland residency.
  • A completed MD permit application. If you’re younger than 18, it must be signed by a parent or guardian.
  • A Learner's Permit School Attendance Certification (Form DL-300), if you’re younger than 16.
  • Payment to cover $50 drivers permit fee.
In addition, you'll also need to pass a vision screening and a written test. To prepare for the test get hold of the state's drivers manual and study it from start to finish. All of the questions on the real exam are based on information found in the manual. You can grab a copy from any MVA office or by downloading from the MD MVA website.

You'll also want to take a practice permit test. The questions on these online practice tests mirror those found on the actual exam, providing a good gauge on whether or not you're test-ready.

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