A driving restriction is a limitation of your driving privileges that may have been imposed for various reasons. The MVA may restrict your driving privileges as a result of a judge's decision in a court or administrative hearing case in which you are involved, because of an alcohol or drug related incident, or for medical or other reasons.
What kinds of driving restrictions may be imposed?
Depending upon your situation, one of the following types of restrictions may be placed on your driving record:
- Work or education restriction
You may be limited to driving only to and from work or school and during the course of your employment. In some instances, your employer may be asked to verify your employment in writing.
- Medical restriction You may be required to use special equipment when driving, or your driving times and/or driving area may be limited. The types of medical restrictions that may be imposed include:
- Corrective lenses required
- Adaptive equipment required
- Hand control
- Spinner knob
- Left foot accelerator
- Outside mirrors required on both sides of the vehicle
- Prosthetic aid required
- Automatic transmission required
- Daylight driving only permitted
- Driving limited to a certain geographical area
- No driving on expressways, beltways, or interstate highways
- Alcohol/drug restriction
You are prohibited from driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol, or any other mood altering substance, in any amount. Furthermore, if you receive two alcohol related convictions within a 2-year period you will be subject to a 3-year alcohol restriction. If you are under 21 years of age you are restricted from driving or attempting to drive a motor vehicle while having a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level between .02 grams/100ml and .08 grams/100 ml.
- Ignition interlock device restriction
You are required to install and maintain an Alcohol Breath-Analyzed Ignition Interlock Device in your vehicle. You must breathe into this device every time you start your vehicle so that it can test for the presence of alcohol in your system. See Ignition Interlock Program for more information about this process, or contact an ignition interlock service provider.
What happens when a decision is made to impose a driving restriction?
Once it is determined that your driving privilege must be restricted, you will receive a letter that explains the type of restriction and how you can obtain a new, restricted driver's license at any MVA branch office. The restriction is marked in red on the lower right-hand corner of the license.
If you do not comply with the restriction rules, your driver's license will be suspended, or other actions may be taken to further limit your driving privileges.
Can I apply for a waiver of any restrictions?
You may apply for a waiver of the ignition interlock restriction under certain conditions:
- You do not own or co-own a motor vehicle; or
- You do not have access to any other motor vehicle for which the device can be installed; or
- You do not intend to drive during the restriction period (with the exception of an employer's vehicle for job related purposes only.
Waivers cannot be granted for any other restrictions.
- There is a fee for a new driver's license. If the restriction is imposed because of your physical impairment, or if you are required to add adaptive equipment to your vehicle, the MVA will issue you a new, restricted license at no cost to you. However, if you are eligible to have your driver's license renewed when the restriction is applied (6 months or less prior to the expiration of your driver's license), you will be requested to pay the standard license renewal fee.
- There are fees associated with the installation of an Ignition Interlock Device.
Driver Wellness and Safety Division
6601 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
Administrative Adjudication Division
6601 Ritchie Highway, N.E.
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
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