Maryland Learners Permit

What is the minimum age to obtain a learner's permit?

  • 15 years, 9 months
  • 16 years
  • other

Do learner's permit drivers need to be accompanied by another driver?

  • yes
  • no

Have you taken a driver's ed course yet?

  • yes
  • no

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How to Get a Learners Permit:

A learner’s permit allows a new driver to begin the learning process of operating a motor vehicle.

Minimum age for applicants is 15 years and 9 months.
A parent or guardian must co-sign the learner’s permit application if the applicant is under 18.
Applicants must pass all required tests.
While driving, learner’s permit holders must be accompanied by a supervising driver who is 21 years or older, and has held a license for a minimum of 3 years. The person must be seated beside the new driver at all times, with no other front seat occupants.
A parent, guardian, or supervising driver must complete a practice log for the learner’s permit holder, which is issued by the MVA along with every learner’s permit.
Learner’s permits are valid for 2 years from the date they are issued.

Parents Please Note:

If a new driver under 18 is cited for speeding in excess of 20 mph, the MVA will notify the parent, guardian, or cosigner.
A parent or guardian must co-sign the learner’s permit application if the applicant is under 18.
Drivers under 18 may have their license suspended if the parent, guardian, or cosigner withdraw their consent. Contact the MVA for details.
While driving, learner’s permit holders must be accompanied by a supervising driver who is 21 years or older, and has held a license for a minimum of 3 years. The person must be seated beside the new driver at all times, with no other front seat occupants.

Things to Remember:

To obtain a learner’s permit, provisional license or driver’s license, visit one of the 16 full-service offices in Maryland.

Contact the MVA for a free copy of the Maryland Driver’s Handbook and How to Apply brochure. Each offers valuable information for new driver

The State of Maryland requires all registered owners to carry liability insurance, uninsured motorist, and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage.

 

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