Maryland Learner's Permit Test
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Getting a Maryland Learners Permit
Who needs a learners permit?
The number one factor in serious traffic accidents on roadways is inexperience behind the wheel and because of this statistic; Maryland requires that all new drivers complete mandatory practice time before venturing out onto roadways. This time comes from the combination of driver’s education and practicing while supervised with a learners permit.
Teens in the state of Maryland may begin the driving program when they are 15 years and 9 months old. All persons who are applying for their first license must obtain a learners permit and drive with this permit for the minimum expected amount of time.
Requirements to getting a learners permit
New drivers are required to complete an application with the MVA office in person and all persons under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian co-sign the document.
In addition to meeting minimum age requirements, the following must be met in order to receive a Maryland learners permit:
- Minors under 16 must complete a ‘Learners Permit School Attendance Certification Form’ along with the application.
- All learners permit application is required to provide the approved proofs of residency, lawful status, social security number as well as age and identity. If the minor is unable to produce two residency proofs, the parent or guardian may provide a certification letter, signed in the presence of a DMV clerk, stating that the minor is living in the residency address provided.
- Teens are required to pass a vision exam and knowledge test. DMVcheatsheets.com.
- Payment of $50 is required at the time of application and will include the transition fee for the provisional license.
Driving with a ML learners permit
Once the new driver has complete all required steps and received a learners permit, it is time to begin practicing on the road. The young driver must be accompanied by a licensed adult in the form of a parent, grandparent, mentor, legal guardian or other licensed adult over the age of 21 years that has held a valid license for at least 3 years at all times when driving. The supervising driver must complete the driving log as hours are practiced to assure the state that the learner has completed all of the required hours of drive time. The DMV requires that minors practice:
- At least 9 months with a learner permit before taking the tests towards their first license.
- Maryland requires that all new drivers complete a minimum of 60 total practice hours behind the wheel, with at least 10 hours behind the wheel at night.
- Drivers over the age of 25 must hold a learners permit for a minimum of 45 days and complete 14 hours of logged practice time, 3 of which must be night driving.
Steps to getting a Maryland learners permit
Drivers under the age of 25 must gather a ‘Learners Permit School Attendance Certification Form’ before applying for a learner’s permit. You must apply in person and if under 18 accompanied by a parent or guardian. Gather together required documents and complete the following steps:
- Submit a learners permit application and ‘learners permit school attendance certification form’ if applicable to the DMV clerk.
- Provide required documents including; one proof of identity and age, one proof of lawful presence, two proofs of residency or a signed parental equivalent and a social security card.
- Pass the vision exam or submit an approved medical form.
- Take the knowledge test DMVcheatsheets.com and receive a passing score of 85%.
- Pay the learners permit fee of $50 in the form of check, cash or money order to complete the process.