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Taking a drivers test is a must for drivers license applicants in most states and Maryland is no exception. All first time drivers license applicants must take a mandatory Maryland driving test before being allowed to start driving on public roads alone. The driver's test is administered by the Motor Vehicle Administration and you can make your road test appointment by contacting your local branch. Make sure you practice as much as possible before you take your road test in Maryland, since failure rates are quite high and each testing attempt will cost you extra money.
If you are applying for your first drivers license, the application procedure is regulated by the Maryland graduated license system. The application process consist of three main steps - learners permit, provisional license and full unrestricted drivers license. The application procedure requires you to take a number of tests that allow you to prove that you can be a safe and responsible driver. The minimum age when you can apply for an unrestricted Maryland drivers license is 17 years, 9 months, however you can enter the graduated license program much sooner.
There are two different learners permit available in Maryland, type 1 and type 2, the the type of the permit you need to apply for depends on whether you have ever been licensed before. If you are a first-time applicants, you will always apply for a type one Maryland driver's permit. Those who currently hold an out of state license or are applying for a different license class can go ahead and apply for a type two driving permit. Keep in mind that you will have to start your road towards a drivers license by applying for a Maryland MVA driver permit no matter how old you are, there is no way to skip this step.
In most situations, drivers license endorsements are used for granting you additional driving privileges without having you to apply for a different type of drivers license. Most of the Maryland driver's license endorsements apply to commercial drivers licenses and thus won't be useful to those who currently hold a regular class C license. However, there are exceptions to this trend, such as a motorcycle endorsement. A motorcycle endorsement can be added to any regular drivers license.
In certain situations, a health condition that you may have or a limitation of your driving skill may warrant the Motor Vehicle Administration to place a restriction onto your Maryland drivers license. Although Maryland drivers license restrictions limit your driving privileges, they are truly there for your own safety. Provisional drivers license restrictions are part of the Maryland graduated license program and apply to everyone who holds a provisional drivers license. If you need help with a specific Maryland driver's license restriction code, please go ahead and contact the MVA directly.