Maryland's Graduated Licensing System
The State of Maryland's full driver's license is a privilege awarded to drivers who progress through the Rookie Driver graduated licensing system.
- Minimum age is 18 years and 0 months.
- Drivers must hold a provisional license for a minimum of 18 months and be conviction-free during that period.
- If under 21, the applicant's license and record must be alcohol-free.
- When provisional license holders successfully meet all requirements, the MVA automatically converts the license to a full driver's license status. An attachment card showing the conversion to a full license is mailed to the driver. The card should be carried with the Provisional license to show the change in licensing status. The attachment card is no longer needed when the provisional license expires. The driver comes in for a license renewal, pays the renewal fee and then is issued a full license.
Parents Please Note
- If a new driver under 18 is cited for a moving violation, the MVA will notify the cosigner.
- Drivers under 18 may have their license suspended if the parent, guardian, or cosigner withdraw their consent. Contact the MVA for details.
Things to Remember
- To obtain a learner's permit, provisional license or driver's license, visit any of our full-service offices in Maryland.
- To obtain 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 owners to carry liability insurance, uninsured motorist, and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage.