Maryland Learners Permit

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How to Get a Maryland Learner’s 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 the age of 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 drivers.
  • The State of Maryland requires all registered drivers to carry liability insurance, uninsured motorist, and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage.