maryland-road-signBefore you can receive your unrestricted license in Maryland, you will have to go through the Rookie Driver Program (RDP), which is the state’s version of the Graduated Driver’s License Program. The RDP is a multi-stage process that has been shown to help young drivers gain skills and experience over time.

In the state of Maryland, the RDP program has three steps:

  • Learner’s Permit
  • Provisional License
  • Full License

This page will help you learn about the requirements for each stage of the RDP process and teach you how to pass the Maryland permit test so you can move on to become an unrestricted driver.

Learner’s Permit

At 15 years and nine months of age, you can apply for your Learner’s Permit in the state of Maryland. To do so, you must pass a written exam (or permit test) that will assess your knowledge of the rules of the road and make sure you understand various traffic signs and signals. You must also be enrolled in school.

Study Hard for Great Results

If you want to ensure success, you must take study seriously. We offer a free copy of the Maryland Driver’s Handbook, which contains important information about driving in Maryland. If you would like to use a physical copy, visit the local offices of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) and request one.

Do Practice Exams

If you aren’t taking advantage of practice exams, you’re missing out on a wonderful resources. Our Maryland practice permit test includes most of the material you will find on the actual test, and successfully completing it will let you know you’re ready for the real thing.

Visit Your Local MVA Office and do Your Testing

When you feel prepared, visit the local MVA offices, bringing along:

  • Your application, signed by a parent or guardian.
  • A completed Verification of Identity and/or School Attendance (Form DL-300). This form must be given to the MVA in a sealed envelope provided by your school.

As you take the multiple-choice test, relax and think carefully about your answers. You’ve studied hard, and as long as you don’t psych yourself out, you will do well.

Upon passing, you will also be required to take a vision test. In the state of Maryland, you must have 20/40 vision or better to drive.

Start Practicing

Now that you have your Learner’s Permit, you can begin your driving practice. To move on to the next phase in the RDP process, you must enroll in a standardized driver’s education class. You also must practice for at least 50 daytime hours and 10 nighttime hours with a licensed driver age 21 or older in the seat next to you. This driver must have at least three years of driving experience.

Provisional License

To earn your Provisional License, you must be 16 and a half years old, complete your driver’s education class, log all of your practice hours and hold your permit for at least nine months without any traffic violations. When you’ve done all of these requirements, call your local MVA office and make an appointment to take the driving test.

Before you go to your appointment, make sure you have:

  • Your application, signed by a parent or guardian.
  • A registered and insured vehicle to use for the driving test.
  • Signed proof that you completed your driver’s education class.
  • Signed proof that you completed your required practice hours.

When you pass the driving test, you will be allowed to drive without supervision in certain situations, but there will still be a few limitations:

  • Unless you are driving to and from school or work-related activities, you can’t drive between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m.
  • For the first five months, you can’t have passengers under the age of 18 aside from family members.
  • You may not use a cell phone (even hands free) while driving until you reach age 18.

Driver’s License

When you are 18 years old, and you have held your Provisional License for a minimum of 18 months without any traffic violations or accidents, your license will automatically convert to a full license.

Congratulations! You can now enjoy unrestricted driving privileges.

Additional Information

If you are moving to Maryland and are currently holding a Learner’s Permit from another state, you will need to begin the process over again. The MVA does not accept out-of-state permits.