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Driving in Maryland

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Driving in the United States is a fantastic way to see the area and to get around in your daily life.  Anyone who drives in the U.S. needs a drivers license and this can be a very different process depending on your experience driving.  

We are always here to help you with the process and answer questions, but some things to consider are listed below.

If you have never had a license before

If you are getting your very first driver’s license there are many steps to follow.  All drivers  need to complete a driver education program and gain experience with a supervising driver. After that, new drivers need to follow the three levels of licensing to be able to drive in the United States.  These levels are:

If you have a license from your home country

To begin the processes for a driver’s license or identification card you need to complete the following steps and have each of the documents required:

  • You will need to submit an electronic SAVE Verification Request Form online. You can complete the form by clicking here.
  • A foreign issued license may be accompanied by an international driver's license or translated into English. Click here for a list of MVA approved translators.
  • You will also  need to complete a 3-Hour Alcohol and Drug Education Program. Please click here to find the program providers.
  • Study for the knowledge test. Click here to practice for this test or download the App MD Practice Driving Test from the Apple store and Google play.

Important information and documents

To receive a license, you will need:

  • Passport
  • I- 94 demonstrating the most current entry in the U.S. (click here to get this form)
  • Social security card or illegible letter (The ELI can provide this letter upon request).
  • At least two documents as proof of  your residential/local address (ex: Checking or savings account statement, utility, telephone, or cable/satellite TV bill)


 



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