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Free Permit Practice Tests for a Maryland Driver’s License
There 50 practice tests available at driversprep.com. 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.
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. 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.
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?
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.
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
Number of questions: 25
Number of correct answers: 22
Passing score: 88%
Allotted time: 20 minutes
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.
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, depending on availability.
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
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
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:
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
Minimum age 18 years.
MVA cannot convert the provisional license to a full driver’s license until you are 18 years.
Had 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.
50 Practice Tests – 1,000 Questions
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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:
commercial driving tests,
non-commercial driving tests,
renewing driver’s license and identification cards and
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