Your First-Time Maryland Drivers License Guide

by Jim Thompson | Last Updated: November 6, 2023

In Maryland, the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) requires that all new drivers, regardless of age, complete a drivers education course. A drivers ed course will prepare you with safe driving techniques and will also provide you with tips and information you’ll need to pass your written and road tests.

How to Begin Drivers Ed Maryland

The Motor Vehicle Administration’s rookie driver program requires that new drivers of any age complete a drivers education course. An approved course will consist of 30 hours of classroom instruction and six hours of behind the wheel training. These courses are available from third-party providers all over the state.

If you have recently moved to Maryland and have held an out of state drivers license for less than 18 months, you will also have to meet this drivers ed requirement.

To begin the behind the wheel portion of your course, you will need to have a learners permit. To get that permit you will be taking a written exam at your local MVA office. There are several ways that you can prepare yourself for this exam:

A permit practice test is created from actual questions from past Maryland MVA exams. It’s an easy way to boost your confidence before going into take your test.

What Will I Learn in Maryland Drivers Ed?

No matter the provider you choose, the classroom portion of a drivers ed course will cover the following information:

Moving from Maryland Drivers Ed and Out Onto the Road

After drivers Ed, your next step is a provisional license. The requirements to receive a provisional license depend on your age.

Drivers who are younger than 25 need to:

If you have completed these steps, you are now ready for your driving test.

Drivers who are 25 years old or older need to:

If you’re ready to get started, you can start by submitting a pre-application online with myMVA.