The Driver’s Test

The Driver’s Test

Micaelah Thomas

Flowers High School, its about that time to talk about driving! That’s right! Everyone is tired of walking, getting driven around by their parents, and asking for rides. The sense of freedom and self-responsibility is needed/wanted, and the first step is to get your license.
In the process to earn your license in the state of Maryland, you must go through the following process:
#1.) Earn Your Learner’s Permit!
– To take the test for your permit, you must be 15 years and 9 months old. Here, you must both pass the written DMW knowledge exam and the vision exam, as well as pay a fee of $50. You are only given three times to get a question wrong, and once those three are used, your test is up and you will have to try again. Once you receive your permit, you are only allowed to drive with someone sitting next to you in the car who is 21 years or older, and has held a drivers license for at least 3 years. Failure to comply with these rules will result in the suspension of your permit for 2 years!
#2.) Get Your Provisional’s!
– To obtain your provisional license, you must have held a learner’s permit for at least 9 months, be at least 16 1/2 years old, have successfully completed Driver’s Ed, and have 60 logged hours of supervised practiced driving. This provisional’s license also comes with restrictions. If you’re younger than 18 years old, you can only drive between the hours of 5 am-12 am without supervision. Outside of these hours, there must be a licensed adult present that is 21 years or older. For the first 151 days, you cannot transport passengers who are under 18 years old unless a supervising driver is present, or if those passengers are immediate family members.
#3.) You finally have your license!
Your provisional license will automatically become a full driver’s license when you are at least 18 years old and have held your provisional driver’s license for 18 months. When you are eligible, you will receive an update card in the mail that shows you are now a fully licensed driver. When your provisional license expires, you can receive a regular Maryland driver’s license.
For more information on what steps must be taken to obtain a license, click the link below.
https://www.dmv.org/md-maryland/teen-drivers.php