How Do I Get My Maryland Learner’s Permit?

Learner's Permit 101

Everything you need to know about getting your learner's permit all in one place!

๐Ÿ” Gather Your Documents ๐Ÿ”Ž

When you are at least 15 years and 9 months old or older, you may apply at the MVA for your learner’s permit.ย 

You need the following documents:

  • U.S. Birth Certificate
  • Original Social Security Card
  • Proof of Residency (If you are under 18, your parent is your Co-Signer on the application and their address is your proof.)
  • Attendance Form if you are under 16

Link to print form ๐Ÿ‘‡

MVA will accept verification by the parent or guardian instead of the high school.

***You do not need to complete a Driver Education Program before getting your permit. You can attend the classroom portion of driver education without your permit but you will need your permit to complete the 6 hours of driving. ***


๐Ÿ” Studyย for the Test ๐Ÿ”Ž

There is a knowledge test with 25 multiple choice questions on the computer. You must answer 22 out of 25 correct to obtain your leaner’s permit. The questions are taken from the Maryland Driver’s Manual.ย 

MVA offers a practice test on-line ๐Ÿ‘‡

Hint: The test has a skip feature. If you are not completely confident, skip the questionย  ๐Ÿ˜Š


๐Ÿ” Schedule the Testย  ๐Ÿ”Ž

MVA requires an appointment for all services.

Link to schedule ๐Ÿ‘‡


๐Ÿ” Fees ๐Ÿ”Ž

The fee for the learner’s permit is $50. You do not pay until you pass the test.

If you fail the test, you may test the next day if there is an appointment available. If you fail a second time, you must wait 7 days before re-taking the test.ย 

The permit is good for 2 years and if you are under 25 your must keep your permit for 9 months before you can test for the provisional license.ย 

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