What is the procedure for obtaining a commercial learner’s permit?
First, gather the documents that you will need to present to the MVA:
- Maryland driver’s license (motorcycle and provisional licenses are not accepted)
- Your Social Security number
- Proof of your age
- If you need an unrestricted learner’s permit (enables you to drive across state lines) – you must be at least 21 years old.
- If you only need to drive in Maryland (i.e., permit with an intrastate only restriction) – you must be at least 18 years old and you cannot have any passengers or HAZMAT endorsements.
- Medical Examiner’s Certificate (DOT card) – An unaltered photographic copy of the valid DOT Card is acceptable. If you qualify for a waiver or exemption, you must present the waiver/exemption statement in addition to the DOT card. See CDL Medical/Physical Requirements for more information.
- Glasses or contact lenses, if needed, or a completed and signed vision screening form (see vision screening and requirements for more information) unless your vision specialist has already submitted your vision exam results to the MVA electronically;
- Payment for the learner’s permit (cash, check, or MasterCard or Visa credit card or MVA credit voucher).
Second, visit any MVA full-service branch office; no appointment is needed. An MVA driver licensing agent will:
- Take your photograph. See the MVA photo guidelines;
- Review the documents you brought with you;
- Give you a vision screening or scan your vision screening form
- Verify that you meet all eligibility requirements.
- Have you sign the application. See the MVA signature guidelines.
You will then be given a test of your driving knowledge. If you fail the test, you must return on a different day to try again. If you pass the test, you will be directed to a driver licensing agent who will collect the fee owed, and issue your commercial learner’s permit.
Because Maryland participates in the one license/permit for one person program, if the applicant has a driver's license, issued in Maryland with a photo, the learner's permit for which one is applying is produced without a photo.
However, if you have an out-of-country driver's license that has been expired for over one year, and apply for a Maryland learner's permit, it will be issued with a photo.
For more information about obtaining a commercial driver's learner's permit, please click here.
- There is a fee for each commercial learner’s permit issued.
Driver Services Division
6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
For telephone questions:
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