In the state of Maryland, you can start the process of getting a driver’s license as soon as you turn 15½ years old.
A learner’s permit allows the licensee, who is older than 15, drive legally in the state. While holding the permit, you will need to drive, only supervised by a 21+ licensed driver.
Once you hold the learner’s permit, you can easily pass to the next stage and aim for a provisional driver’s license. It will allow you to practice legal driving without supervision. However, there will still be some restrictions, which will go away as soon as you reach the required age or obtain a full license.
A full adult license allows the licensee to reach the final level of a driver’s license and drive without the previous restrictions.
Once you meet all of these requirements, the Motor Vehicle Administration will automatically transform your current license into a full driver’s license. They will also mail you the attachment card, which is to indicate the change of the driver’s license status. In addition to this, you will not need the attachment card as soon as you renew the license.
The state of Maryland requires drivers to renew their licenses every five or eight years, which depends on the license. You can renew the license in person, online or by mail as long as you meet the eligibility requirements for each type of renewal.
MVA, as a rule, notifies Maryland driver of the upcoming renewal 60 days before the license is due to expire. It also states whether you can renew the license online or by mail.
For renewal, you will simply need to visit a nearest MVA office and request a renewal. You will also need to submit your photograph, current license, necessary paperwork and the fee.
Note that there is also a vision test, which, as you can see, is an essential part of any process concerning driving.
If MVA gives permission for online renewal, then follow the given instructions and complete the renewing process. You will also need to submit your vision test.
To renew the driver’s license by mail, you must first complete the application form, include the required fee and mail the application. It is important to know that driver, who are older than 40, must ask their doctor to sign the “vision certification” part and submit it, too.
If, in any circumstances, you lose your driver’s license or permit, you can request a new one, by asking for a duplicate license. Once you complete the required steps, MVA will send you your duplicate driver’s license by mail.
In case you did not lose the license, but someone stole it, you should go to a local MVA office and ask for a new one.
This one, in short, is a regular license for driving private cars.
This license, in short, is for operating any single combination of vehicles and towing any trailer.
This license, in short, is for operating vehicles that weigh more than 26,001 pounds towing trailers up to 10,000 pounds.
This license, in short, is for operating a motorcycle on roads.
There are also commercial driver’s licenses (CDL), in particular Class A/B/C for operating a commercial vehicle or combination of vehicles.