New to Maryland Driver Licensing Information
If you are a new resident of Maryland you have 60 days to obtain a Maryland Driver's License. When applying, please bring:
Proof of age/identity, lawful presence, verifiable Social Security Number or proof of ineligibility, Maryland residence, Out-of-State license(s), and the appropriate fee for each license class applied for. Please refer to Sources of Proof for required documentation.
- New Maryland residents must obtain a Maryland Driver’s License within 60 days.
- You must pass a vision test.
- An Out-of-State license must be a valid license or a license expired for less than one year. The license cannot be suspended.
- If licensed for less than 18 months, you will be issued a Maryland Provisional License.
- If you are exchanging an Out-of-State license that has been expired for one year, you are required to take the knowledge and skills tests in addition to the vision test.
- A valid U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) physical card or federal/MVA waiver (if applying for a Commercial Driver's License).
- A hazardous material (HAZMAT) test is required to keep your HAZMAT endorsement (if applying for a Commercial Driver's License).
- Out-of-State learner's permits cannot be exchanged for a Maryland Learner's Permit or License.