Driver Licensing - Knowledge Testing
There are different knowledge tests for the different types or classes of license offered. Also different rules apply in the testing of:
- Noncommercial driver's license applicants - includes applicants for noncommercial learner's permit and provisional licenses. A sample knowledge test is available online.
- Commercial driver's license (CDL) applicants - includes applicants for commercial learner's permit.
A typical test for the Noncommercial Class C, the Moped Permit, and the Class M consist of 25 questions. A typical test for the Noncommercial Class A and Class B consist of 20 questions. It may be timed and a score of 85% or better is required to pass. Tests are usually administered on a computer and are available in English as well as Spanish for most tests. Oral tests require an appointment. The use of foreign language interpreters is permitted. Click here for additional information.
The test version you receive will depend upon the class of license (A, B, or C) you requested. Tests are administered on a computer in English ONLY; paper tests are available in English Only. Computer assisted audio tests are also available if needed without an appointment. Oral tests require an appointment and are only given in English by an MVA agent.
All applicants must pass the CDL General Knowledge Test first. Applicants for class A licenses must also pass CDL Combination Vehicle Test and applicants wishing to drive vehicles with air brakes must pass the CDL Air Brakes Test. Applicants wishing to drive vehicles requiring placarding must pass the Hazmat Test. Applicants wishing to drive school buses, passenger vehicles, tankers or double/triples must pass the applicable test.
Note: If a test applicant (Learner's permit or driver's license) passes the required Knowledge test(s) and or Skills tests, the passing scores are only valid for six (6) months from the date the test was passed. If the learner's permit and or driver's license has not been issued with-in this time frame then the applicant must retest to obtain the permit or license.
- There is no MVA fee for taking a knowledge test that does not involve an interpreter.
- The MVA does not pay the interpreter fee for foreign language interpreters if a fee is charged
- If you are hearing impaired, the MVA will pay the interpreter fee and set up the test appointment for you. Please contact the MVA Customer Service Center for additional information.
Driver Services Division
6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
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