To take the MVA driving test, a person must first acquire an MVA learner's permit so that he can complete the mandatory 60 hours of practice prior to taking the driving test. To obtain a learner's permit, the applicant must be at least 15 years and nine months old, provide proof-of-identity documentation and pass a vision screening test. Applicants must also pass the knowledge test prior to receiving their learner's permit.
If an applicant is under 16 years of age, he must provide a Verification of Identity and/or School Attendance Form (DL-300) to the MVA while applying. The applicant must present this document in a sealed envelope directly from his school. If the applicant is over 16, but under 18 years of age, he must have a guardian sign the application, or in the absence of a guardian, an employer or other responsible adult.
Applicants must also provide proof of age and identity, proof of lawful status, proof of a social security number and proof of Maryland residency. Acceptable identification documents include passports, birth certificates, social security cards and valid permanent resident identification cards, or some combination thereof. Applicants are encouraged to contact their local MVA if they have questions about proof of identity.
Knowledge tests and vision tests are administered through the MVA and are required as part of the application process for a learner's permit. The applicant may take the vision screening test at the MVA, or have his personal vision specialist submit results electronically to the MVA. To take the knowledge test, an applicant must make an appointment at the MVA.
Once an applicant has successfully acquired the learner's permit and established the necessary driving hours, he must make an appointment in advance to take his driving test at an MVA location.