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Maryland MVA License Test & Permit Practice

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  Number of questions on each practice test: 25
  Question pool: 500+
  This practice test is NOT timed



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#1. Passing another vehicle to the right on an unpaved shoulder is:

It is acceptable to pass on the right if it is safe to do so, and if you stay on the roadway. You may not pass on the right by driving on the shoulder of the highway either to the right or to the left.


#2. You can legally park your car:

It is illegal to park in disability parking spaces unless you have a disability license plate or placard issued by the MVA and the person who qualified for the privilege is either operating or being transported in the vehicle.

Never park on a crosswalk or a bridge. It is also illegal to park in front of a public or private driveway.


#3. Who should be given the right-of-way when a vehicle is entering a highway from a driveway?

You must yield the right-of-way to drivers on a public highway if you are entering the highway from a driveway or a private road. You must also yield to pedestrians and bicyclists crossing your path.


#4. You are driving on a one-way street. You may turn left onto another one-way street only if:

You may turn left into a left-moving, one-way street if there is no sign to prohibit the turn.

Remember, do not turn against traffic.


#5. You are driving on an interstate posted for 65 mph. Around you, traffic is traveling at 70 mph. What should your speed be?

You must comply with speed limits. You may drive slower than the posted speed limit, but it is illegal to drive any faster than the posted speed limit.


#6. When entering a tunnel or construction area, you should:

Use low beams when:

  • Operating your vehicle in normal driving situations, such as driving at night on a highway or roadway with streetlights.
  • Driving in fog, rain, snow, etc.
  • Entering a tunnel or construction area. While not required by law in all areas, this increases visibility to other motorists and construction workers.

#7. What does this sign mean?

Yield ahead. This sign warns of a yield sign ahead. Slow down and be prepared to stop at yield sign or adjust speed to traffic.


#8. If you are involved in a traffic accident where someone is injured, you must always:

If you are involved in a crash where someone has been injured, you must immediately stop at the scene of the crash and call 911 to get help with police, fire, and ambulance. Identify the number of people involved, the type of injury and the location of the crash. Do not move the vehicles.

Do not move the injured unless they are in a burning vehicle or in immediate danger of being hit by another vehicle. Moving a person can make injuries worse.


#9. What does this sign tell you?

This is an Advisory Speed sign. It shows the safe speed to use. Slow down to the speed shown.


#10. Hydroplaning can be prevented by driving:

To prevent hydroplaning, maintain your tires in good condition, and lower your speed in response to wet roads.


#11. When you approach a railroad crossing without warning signals, stop signs or crossing gates:

Always yield the right-of-way to trains. Remember, trains cannot stop quickly.


#12. You should continue carefully against a yellow light if:

A steady yellow traffic light means caution, the signal is changing from green to red. Its purpose is to provide time for approaching traffic to stop safely and to clear other vehicles from the intersection before the signal turns red.

Remember, you must stop if you can do so safely. If you are too close to the intersection to stop safely, continue through the intersection with care.


#13. When a stop line is present at a stop sign, drivers must:

When required to stop because of a sign or signal, you must make a complete stop at the stop line. If there is no stop line, stop before entering a crosswalk. If there is no stop line or crosswalk, stop before entering the intersection.


#14. A pavement marking with the letter R on each side of a large X means:

Railroad crossings have pavement markings that include a large X, the letters RR, a no-passing zone, and a stop line.


#15. What does this sign mean?

Slippery when wet. In wet weather, drive slowly. Do not speed up or brake quickly. Make sharp turns at a slow speed.


#16. Which background color is used for motorist service signs?

Motorist services signs are white on blue. They direct you to services, such as gas, food, motels, and hospitals. Blue is also used to identify parking spaces for disabled drivers.


#17. The best way to avoid a dangerous situation when driving is to:

To better prepare for the constant decisions necessary for safe, defensive driving, you must know what is happening around your vehicle. Constantly observing your surroundings, to the front, side, and rear of your vehicle, helps you to see problems that may cause you to change speed or roadway position.

By searching ahead and being ready to change speed or change lanes, you can operate a vehicle more safely and allow yourself time to identify risks.


#18. Maryland law requires all children younger than age 8 to be in an approved child-safety seat or booster seat, unless:

All children under age eight must ride in an appropriate child safety seat unless the child is four feet and nine inches or taller.

The restraint must be used in accordance with the child safety seat and vehicle manufacturers’ instructions. Child safety seats include car seats, booster seats or other federally approved child safety devices.


#19. This is an example of:

Reverse Turn or Sharp Turns is an example of a warning sign.


#20. What is the meaning of this sign?

This sign warns that there is a flag person ahead. Stay alert and be prepared for unexpected driving conditions ahead.


#21. Drinking just one drink of alcohol

An individual’s vision, ability to perform simple motor functions and reaction time may be affected with just one drink and can increase the risk of a collision.

Any amount of alcohol can affect one’s judgment and physical coordination and can lead to criminal charges.


#22. You should expect to be in a large truck's blind spot if you:

Trucks and buses have blind spots on both sides. If you cannot see the driver’s face in the side-view mirror, he or she cannot see you. If the truck changes lanes, you could be in trouble. The right-side blind spot runs the length of the trailer and extends out three lanes.


#23. Provisional license holders are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle:

Provisional license holders are prohibited from operating a motor vehicle if the driver and each passenger are not restrained by a seat belt or child safety seat regardless of age or seating position.


#24. When preparing to drive, you should:

Before you drive, you should fasten your seat belt, properly adjust your seat and mirrors, and ensure that all passengers are wearing a seat belt.


#25. On cold, wet days, which of the following roadways is most likely to have spots of ice?

Ramps and bridges freeze first before highways and roads. Also, plowed roads may refreeze at night or have icy patches from the daylight thawing of snow.

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Facts about Your Maryland MVA Knowledge Examination

Maryland MVA Knowledge Test for Learner’s Permit and Driver’s License
  Number of questions on exam: 25
  Passing score: 88 percent
  Correct answers to pass: 22
  Allotted time to complete test: 20 minutes
  Wait time before retest: 1 day (1st failure)
7 days (after 2 or more failures)

Free Permit Practice Tests for a Maryland Driver’s License

Each permit practice test has 25 questions based on the Driver’s Manual and real MVA tests.

After answering a question, you will get instant feedback and a brief explanation if your answer is wrong.

Whenever you miss a question on the practice test, make a note of it and look up the information in the driver’s manual. Make sure you fully understand the correct answer and why you got it wrong.

MVA Driver Manual

Test Preparations Step by Step

1   Get the Driver’s Manual.

When you prepare for your first learner’s permit or full driver’s license, always start by reading the driver’s manual. You can get a copy from your local MVA office or download it online.

Don’t get a copy from a friend or parent. Always make sure you have the latest version. Rules and information in the manual change over time.

2   Take the practice tests.

After reading the manual, you should have a good understanding of Maryland’s rules of the road, common road signs and signals, and how alcohol and drugs affect your driving.

Use the practice tests to verify your knowledge and if you are ready for the real exam or not. With a bank of more than 500 questions, you will get plenty of practice and cover all aspects of the exam.

Don’t attempt the real test too soon. It is a good idea to get all questions right when you use the practice tests. If you do, you are more likely to pass the real exam.

Read more about risky study tactics .

3   Interact with others.

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Discussing road rules and safe driving with a parent, teacher, driving instructor, or a friend also helps you prepare. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.


Who Must Take the Maryland Knowledge Test?

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 All first-time applicants

All new drivers applying for their first Maryland learner’s permit or driver’s license must take and pass the written knowledge exam.

 A driver who had their license revoked

A license means that MVA takes away your driving privilege and it is not automatically reinstated. A revocation means that there is a minimum waiting period before you can re-apply for a license. To get a new license you must pass all tests.

 A driver who let their license expire

When you wish to renew your driver license, you must take the written test if your license is expired for more than one year. If your license expired less than a year ago, new tests are not required.

 Applicants with an out-of-country license

Drivers with an out-of-country license must, in general, pass all examinations, including the knowledge test.

There are exceptions for drivers with a driver’s license from France, Republic of Korea, Germany, Taiwan (Republic of China), and Japan.

The license should be valid, but MVA accepts if a license from France or Japan has been expired for less than one year .

All drivers must, however, pass the vision test.

The Maryland Knowledge Test is Waived

If you hold a driver’s license from another state, Territories of the United States, or Canada, the knowledge test and the practical driving test are normally waived.

What You Need to Know about the Knowledge Testing

The Maryland knowledge test for a noncommercial Class C driver license has 25 questions. You need to correctly answer 22 questions. That is a passing score of 88%, which is higher than in other states . Make sure you prepare well.

The Maryland MVA test is timed. You have 20 minutes to complete the knowledge test. It may not seem much, but 20 minutes is usually more than enough. You still have time to read questions and answer choices all the way through.

Don’t be lured into answering questions too quickly. Remember to read everything carefully before you pick your answer.

Knowledge tests are administered on a computer and are available in English and the following languages:



You can use foreign language interpreters for other languages but MVA does not pay the interpreter fee.

If you are uncomfortable with computers, you may be offered a test on paper. Make sure you ask for it in advance.

If you need an oral test, you must always make an appointment and let MVA know your special needs.

Don’t try to cheat on the test. All electronic devices must be turned off and put away during the test. This includes cell phones, tablets, and MP3 players. Don’t bring papers, notes, or books into the testing area.

Should you fail the test the first time, you can take it again the next business day if the branch office has a test appointment available.

If you fail the test a second time, you must wait a minimum of seven days, before you can retake it.

What is the Maryland Graduated Driver Licensing System?

The Maryland Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) system is a three-step program to let new drivers gradually gain experience while limiting risks that can contribute to crashes. In this program, a teen driver progress through three levels of licensing:

    Step one: the learner’s permit
    Step two: the provisional license
    Step three: the full, unrestricted driver’s license

MVA often refers to this program as the Rookie Driver Program.

Step One: The Learner’s Permit

Supervised driving

The purpose of the learner’s permit is to allow new drivers practice driving under supervision of a licensed driver and gradually develop driving skills and gain experience.

In Maryland, all new drivers must start with a learner’s permit before they can get a provisional license. The period they must hold the permit varies by age, from 45 days (25 years and older) to 9 months (under 18 years).


  Minimum age 15 years and 9 months.

MVA cannot issue a learner’s permit before you turn 15 years and 9 months.

  School Attendance Certificate if under 16 years.

If you are under 16 years, you must provide a completed Learner’s Permit School Attendance Certification form (DL-300 ).

  Parental approval if under 18 years.

If you are under 18 years, a parent or legal guardian must co-sign your application.

  Pass vision screening and knowledge test.

Before MVA issues the learner’s permit, you must pass a vision screening and the written knowledge test.

Restrictions on the learner’s permit:

  Supervised driving only.

A learner’s permit does not allow you to drive alone.

Whenever you practice driving, you must drive under supervision of an experienced, licensed driver who is 21 years or older and has held a driver’s license for at least three years.

The supervising driver must sit beside you in the front seat. No one else can sit in the front seat.

There are no other passenger restrictions and no night curfew.

  No use of cell phones.

Learner’s permit holders under 18 years cannot use a cell phone or any other Bluetooth/hands-free devices while operating a motor vehicle, except to make an emergency 911 call.

  Permit is valid for 2 years.

Learner’s permits are valid for 2 years from the date they are issued. You must always have the permit in your possession when you drive.

Step Two: The Provisional License

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You are now ready to drive on your own, without a supervising driver.


  Minimum age 16 years and 6 months

A minor under 19 years must generally hold the learner’s permit for at least 9 months and, consequently, be at least 16 years and 6 months before MVA issues a provisional license.

  Had a permit for a violation-free minimum period

For a minor, the normal holding period is 9 months. If you are 18 years old with a High School Diploma or its equivalent, you need to hold the permit for only three (3) months.

A three-month holding period also applies if you are between 19 and 24 years old.

If you are 25 years or older, the holding period is 45 days.

If you have been convicted of, or granted probation before judgement for, a moving violation, the holding period is always 9 months.

  Completed at least 60 hours of driving experience.

When you got your learner’s permit, you also got a practice skills log. Your supervising driver (parent, guardian, or mentor) must complete the practice skills log and the certification page must be provided when you apply for the provisional license. The log must show at least 60 hours of driving practice, of which 10 must be at night. If you are 25 years or older, the log must show 14 hours of practice with experienced driver, of which 3 hours must be at night.

  Completed driver education course.

You must also have completed a driver education course including 30 hours of in-class and six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction. You can enroll in this course already at age 15.

Out-of-state education certificates are not typically accepted by the MVA. Exception exist for Delaware driver education courses.

  Pass the driving skills (road) test.

All requirements mentioned above must be fulfilled before you can take the road test.

Restrictions on the Maryland provisional license:

If you are under 18 years, the MD provisional license carries four restrictions .

  1. Night curfew between midnight and 5 a.m.

If you hold a provisional license and are under 18 years, you cannot drive between midnight and 5 a.m., unless you are:

    accompanied and supervised by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old,
    driving to or from work, or driving in the course an employment,
    driving to or from a school class or official school activity,
    driving to or from an organized volunteer program, or
    driving to or from an opportunity to participate in an athletic event or related training session.

The curfew restriction is lifted when you turn 18.

  2. Passenger restrictions

You are not allowed to have passengers under 18 years during the first 5 months (151 days) of the provisional period. This restriction does not apply if passengers are immediate family members or relatives living at the same address, or if you are accompanied by a qualified supervising driver.

The passenger restriction is lifted after 151 days or when you turn 18.

  3. Seat belt requirement

Driver and all passengers must be properly restrained by a seat belt or in a child safety seat. This restriction applies to all license holders in Maryland, regardless of age.

  4. Wireless Device Restriction

All provisional license holders under 18 years are prohibited from using a wireless communication device, except to make an emergency 911 call .

The restriction includes both handheld and hands-free devices.

If you are 18 years or older, you are prohibited from using hand-held cell phones, including texting, while driving. Although hands-free devices are permitted, you should use your cell phone only in emergencies.

Step Three: The Full Driver’s License

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  Minimum age 18 years.

MVA cannot convert the provisional license to a full driver’s license until you are 18 years.

  Held the Provisional License for at least 18 months.

  No moving violations during the previous 18 months.

You must not have any moving violation convictions or have been granted probation before judgment for any moving violations within the previous 18 months.

If you are 18 years and meet all requirements:

Once you are at least 18 years and meet the other requirements, MVA automatically converts the provisional license to a full driver’s license.

You don’t have to get a new license, instead you will get an attachment card showing the new status. When your provisional license expires and you apply for a renewal, you will automatically get a full license and the attachment card is no longer needed.

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You will be asked health screening questions and have a temporal scan of body temperature before entering the office. You must also wear a face covering while in the branch office.

Transactions that will be available for scheduling include:

    learner’s permits,
    commercial driving tests,
    non-commercial driving tests,
    renewing driver’s license and identification cards and
    vehicle services.

Make an appointment .

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