Maryland Learners Permit Rules And Regulations
Maryland Learners Permit Rules
Residents of Maryland who have a learner permit must adhere to all the learners permit rules and regulations. Otherwise, they will not be allowed to take their drivers test and obtain a driver's license.
Most of the Maryland learners permit rules and regulations are determined by the Maryland's "Graduated Driver's License Program" or the (Rookie Driving Law.) The Rookie driver applies to all applicants, regardless of age, who have never held a license in Maryland or any other state or country or who have held their out-of-state license for less than eighteen (18) months.
The state of Maryland's driver's permits rules and regulations were created to help keep new drivers safe. If you fail to adhere to the rules and regulations set forth you may lose your driving privileges.
Maryland Learners Permit Rules
- The minimum age when you can apply for a permit is 15 years and 9 months.
- The permit is valid for 12 months, but you can take a road test in just 180 days, provided you meet all graduated license requirements.
Maryland has two kinds of learner's permits.
- Type 1 – For drivers who have never had a license.
- Type 2 – For drivers who have previously had a driver's license or people who are applying for another type of license such as a motorcycle license or one to drive a semi- truck etc.
Before you are able to get a learner's permit you have to take a written test that tests your knowledge on road signs, safe driving, traffic laws and other driving related questions.
Maryland Learners Permit Regulations
Once you have your learner's permit, you can you can start learning to drive a car and get ready for your drivers road test. The learners permit is good for one year. However, you can take the road test in 180 days, provided you adhere to all of the permit regulations and requirements. The following is a list of the most important things you must do while driving with your Maryland learner's permit.
- You cannot drive alone, you must have an adult 21 years or older who has a driver's license with you at all times.
- You cannot use a cell phone while driving.
- You have to take a Maryland approved driver's education class that consist of a minimum of 30 hours of classroom time and six hours of driving instructions. The MVA doesn't accept online or correspondent classes. You can take the class through your school or a driving school.
- In addition, to completing a driver's education class, you must also accrue a minimum of 60 hours of supervised driving time. Ten of the hours must be night time driving. These hours must be done at night time. The driving hours have to be logged in a book provided by the MVA. If you're 18 or younger the book must be signed by a parent or your legal guardian. If you are older than 18 it has to be signed by a licensed mentor who rode with you, while you practiced driving.
- If you commit any traffic violations, you will have to start over – and accumulate your 60 hours of driving time again and you will not be able to take the road test for another six months.
Good luck and remember driving is a privilege not a right.