Maryland’s Motor Vehicle Administration Driving Test

If you are applying for a new drivers license in Maryland, you will be required to take a Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) driving skills test.

The MVA is administered by the Maryland Department of Transportation and is the agency in charge of issuing drivers licenses and other driving and vehicle-related transactions in the state of Maryland.

Preparing for the Non-Commercial MOV Driving Skills Test

By studying the Maryland Driver’s Manual, you can learn all of the required information needed for passing the written part of the test for a drivers license. Knowing the information in this handbook is also essential for passing the road skills driving test.

This booklet covers traffic laws in Maryland, the meaning of traffic signs and signals, and safe driving practices every driver must know. The booklet has easy-to-read text and colored graphics, making comprehension simple.

The Maryland MVA also produces this same information in audio form, available at their website, and you can download a free pdf copy online. The booklet and audios are free of charge and are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Korean, and Nepali versions.

The driving knowledge test at MVA offices is given on a computer screen, and versions of the test are available in all of the languages listed above. Oral examinations are also available, but they must be scheduled in advance.

Preparing for the driving section of the test requires 60 hours of practice driving with supervision by a licensed driver.

Scheduling a MOV Driving Test

Driving skills tests in Maryland must be scheduled in advance online at the MVA website. You can also call the Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-800-950-1682 for further help in arranging a driving test.

Taking the MOV Driving Skills Test

You must provide the vehicle for driving during your test, and a licensed driver must drive you to the testing location and then remain with you until the examiner arrives and verifies his or her drivers license.

While taking the driving test, no one may be in the car except the license applicant, the examiner, and an approved interpreter, if one is needed.

You can take the Maryland non-commercial, Class C driving test at any full-service MVA branch office. The first part of the test is conducted on a closed driving course, followed by driving on public roads. If you fail any part of the test on the closed course, the test will be terminated and will not proceed to the open-road driving portion.

Before taking the test, you will be required to show:

  • proof of valid insurance and vehicle registration
  • current registration tags on the license plate
  • functional seat belts
  • unobstructed windshield and operational windows
  • rear view mirrors are working
  • tire pressure is correctly inflated
  • at least ½ a tank of gas in the vehicle

If you are applying for a new drivers license in Maryland, you will be required to take a Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) driving skills test.

The MVA is administered by the Maryland Department of Transportation and is the agency in charge of issuing drivers licenses and other driving and vehicle-related transactions in the state of Maryland.

Preparing for the Non-Commercial MOV Driving Skills Test

By studying the Maryland Driver’s Manual, you can learn all of the required information needed for passing the written part of the test for a drivers license. Knowing the information in this handbook is also essential for passing the road skills driving test.

This booklet covers traffic laws in Maryland, the meaning of traffic signs and signals, and safe driving practices every driver must know. The booklet has easy-to-read text and colored graphics, making comprehension simple.

The Maryland MVA also produces this same information in audio form, available at their website, and you can download a free pdf copy online. The booklet and audios are free of charge and are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, French, Korean, and Nepali versions.

The driving knowledge test at MVA offices is given on a computer screen, and versions of the test are available in all of the languages listed above. Oral examinations are also available, but they must be scheduled in advance.

Preparing for the driving section of the test requires 60 hours of practice driving with supervision by a licensed driver. Driver’s education courses offer the behind-the-wheel training needed to meet this qualification.

Scheduling a MOV Driving Test

Driving skills tests in Maryland must be scheduled in advance online at the MVA website. You can also call the Customer Service Center toll-free at 1-800-950-1682 for further help in arranging a driving test.

Taking the MOV Driving Skills Test

You must provide the vehicle for driving during your test, and a licensed driver must drive you to the testing location and then remain with you until the examiner arrives and verifies his or her drivers license.

While taking the driving test, no one may be in the car except the license applicant, the examiner, and an approved interpreter, if one is needed.

You can take the Maryland non-commercial, Class C driving test at any full-service MVA branch office. The first part of the test is conducted on a closed driving course, followed by driving on public roads. If you fail any part of the test on the closed course, the test will be terminated and will not proceed to the open-road driving portion.

Before taking the test, you will be required to show:

  • proof of valid insurance and vehicle registration
  • current registration tags on the license plate
  • functional seat belts
  • unobstructed windshield and operational windows
  • rear view mirrors are working
  • tire pressure is correctly inflated
  • at least half a tank of gas in the vehicle
  • no dashboard warning lights displaying

During the closed-course section of the test, you will be required to make a reverse, two-point turn in less than 3 minutes and show that you have basic control of the vehicle.

Finally, you must drive on public roads in a variety of traffic situations while following traffic rules and driving safely.

Andrea Leptinsky


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