In the state of Maryland, the graduating licensing system includes three levels:

1. A learner’s permit 
2. A provisional license 
3. A full driver’s license

LEARNER’S PERMIT

  • Students need to be at least 15 years and 9 months to receive a learner’s permit in the state of Maryland.
  • Learner’s permits are valid for 2 years from the date they are issued.
  • An individual with a learner’s permit needs to have a licensed driver who is 21 or older, and has held a license for at least 3 years in the vehicle with them at all times.
  • Individuals who are under 25 must receive 60 hours of driving practice with a qualified supervising driver and individuals 25+ must receive 14 hours of driving practice with a qualified supervising driver.
  • Students under 25 must hold their learner’s permit for at least 9 months and students 25+ must hold their learner’s permit for at least 45 days.

PROVISIONAL LICENSE

  • The requirements for a provisional license include: 
    Students under 25
    • Must hold learner’s permit for at least 9 months
    • Complete 60 hours of driving with parent/guardian
    • Successfully complete a driver education program
    Students 25+
    • Must hold learner’s permit for 45 days
    • Complete 14 hours of driving
    • Successfully complete a driver education program
  • The minimum age to receive a provisional license is 16 years and 6 months.
  • Individuals under 18 can drive without supervision 5:00am-12:00am. During the hours of 12:00am and 5:00am, there must be a qualified supervising driver in the vehicle.
  • During the first 5 months, individuals under the age of 18 are not allowed to have passengers under 18 in the vehicle with them unless accompanied by a qualified supervising driver. The only exception is when the passenger is a direct family member.
  • Students must keep their provisional license for at least 18 months with no moving violations.

Full driver’s license 
The MVA automatically converts the license to a full driver’s license after an individual has kept their license for 18 months with no moving violations.

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