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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. If a traffic signal is not working, you must:

When a traffic signal is not working, you are now required to stop

  • at a clearly marked stop line
  • or if there is no clearly marked stop line, before entering any crosswalk
  • or if there is no clearly marked stop line or crosswalk, before entering the intersection.

After stopping, you must:

  • yield to any vehicle or pedestrian in the intersection and
  • remain stopped until it is safe to enter and continue through the intersection.

If the streetlights are not functioning, be sure to keep your headlights on to assist you with visibility and to ensure others can see you as well.

This new law went into effect in 2012.


#2. MVA will suspend the license of any driver who:

The MVA will suspend the license of any driver who submits to a test and is determined to have a test result of 0.08 percent alcohol concentration or higher.


#3. This is the shape and color of a:

A yield sign is a downward pointing triangle. It is red and white with red letters. You will see no other signs of this shape on the highway. Slow down as you approach a yield sign. Look to the left and the right. Yield to pedestrians and vehicles. Once you have yielded to vehicles or pedestrians, you may proceed only when you can do so safely.


#4. You must turn on your headlights:

Knowing when and how to use your headlights is critical for safe driving.

When driving, you must turn on your headlights anytime there is not enough light to clearly see at least 1,000 feet ahead of your vehicle. Key times to use headlights are nighttime, foggy conditions and stormy weather. Maryland law requires that you turn on your headlights when you are using your windshield wipers in inclement weather.


#5. During the second phase of Maryland Graduated Driver Licensing System (GLS) you may obtain:

The Rookie Driver/Graduated Driver Licensing System (GLS) applies to all new noncommercial driver’s license applicants, regardless of age. The GLS requires new drivers to gain driving experience, first with a supervising driver while holding a Learner’s Instructional Permit, then alone with certain restrictions while holding a Provisional License, and then graduating to a Driver’s License.


#6. If pulled over and issued a citation requiring a signature, you should:

If the officer issues you a citation, do not argue with the officer about the citation.

If asked to sign the citation, sign it. This is not an admission of guilt. Traffic violations and traffic crimes charged against you are decided in court.


#7. What does this sign mean?

Stop sign ahead. When you come to this sign, slow down to be ready to stop at the stop sign.


#8. When passing a truck, you should pass:

Passing any truck on the right can be risky. Always pass on the left side. Pass quickly to resume visibility. If you cannot see the driver’s face in the side-view mirror, he or she cannot see you. Return to your lane only when you can see both of the truck’s headlights in your rearview mirror.


#9. The posted speed limit is the maximum legal speed you can travel on a road:

The posted speed limit is the maximum legal speed you can travel on a road under ideal conditions. Maintaining a safe speed at all times is a responsibility shared by all motorists.


#10. When stopping behind a school bus with red lights flashing, you must stop:

You must stop your vehicle at least 20 feet from the bus.


#11. A car passenger five years of age and less than four feet and nine inches tall must:

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.


#12. What do the light gray areas in the picture mark?

Blind spots are the areas you cannot see through your mirrors. You must turn your head and look to the side and over your shoulder to check your blind spots.


#13. When a law enforcement officer is directing you to do a U-turn against existing signs, you should:

The only exceptions to obeying all traffic control devices are emergency situations when directions from police officer or other emergency personnel take priority. Uniformed school crossing guards also have the authority to direct traffic at locations near schools. You must also respect and obey a flagger in a work zone.


#14. You must not pass other vehicles:

A driver may not pass any vehicle that is stopped at a crosswalk.


#15. A suspension of a driving privilege is the same as:

The suspension of a Maryland driver’s license is the temporary withdrawal of the privilege to operate a motor vehicle.

After the period of suspension has ended, your driving privilege may be reinstated, if all requirements are met.


#16. In cold, wet weather the roadways on bridges and overpasses:

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.


#17. If it is raining when you approach this sign, you should:

Slippery when wet.

When pavement is wet, reduce your speed. Do not brake hard or change direction suddenly. Increase the distance between your car and the one ahead. These actions are needed on all wet roads and especially on roads where this sign is posted.


#18. Stop lines, crosswalks and parking spaces are marked with:

Stop lines, crosswalks and parking spaces are marked with white lines.


#19. When you approach a roundabout:

As you approach the roundabout, reduce your speed. Watch for and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk. Yield to traffic already in the roundabout.


#20. Never back your car:

Never stop and back up on any portion of the interstate.


#21. When driving on slick roads, you should:

Skids are caused by drivers traveling too fast for conditions. The best way to prevent skids or hydroplaning is to keep your speed down, avoid fast turns and quick stops, and have good tire tread.


#22. What does this sign mean?

Sharp Turn. A turn sign is used to warn of a sharp turn.


#23. Which is one factor that greatly affects your stopping distance?

Your actual stopping distance will depend upon many factors, including:

  • The length of time it takes a driver to see and recognize that there is a dangerous situation.
  • The type and condition of the roadway.
  • The condition of the tire treads.
  • The condition of the brakes.
  • Vehicle weight and speed.

A posted speed limit does not affect the stopping distance, only your actual speed does. Speed limits do not tell you at what speed you should drive. They only say you cannot go faster than the speed shown.


#24. If you cannot get in the clear on the other side of a railroad crossing, you should:

Never start to cross the tracks unless you can clear the tracks completely. Make sure there is room for your vehicle on the other side of the tracks before proceeding.


#25. When you enter a lane with this sign:

Two-way left turn only. Share the center lane for left turns from both directions. The lane cannot be used for passing, overtaking, or through travel. It is likely that you will be sharing the lane with left-turning vehicles coming from the opposite direction.

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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 twenty-five 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 ten 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 exists 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 eighteen.

  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 eighteen.

  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

Maryland driver license


  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.

Prepare by Watching the Video

Video Cover: Maryland MVA Exam Questions & Answers

  Video: Maryland MVA Exam – Questions and Answers

Current Operations

All MDOT MVA branches are open by appointment only. You should take advantage of the many services and transactions that can be completed online.

Transactions that are 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 .

Many other transactions can be completed from the comfort of your home. Visit the Online Services page to see what MDOT MVA business can be completed from your computer, tablet, or phone.

The wearing of masks is no longer mandatory, but persons who are not vaccinated are highly encouraged to wear a mask.

Keep up to date with MVA FAQ for the latest information.


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