Licensing requirements include a vision screening, a knowledge test, and a driving skills test on the satisfactory operation of a motor vehicle.
Vision Screening Test
To qualify for a driver's license, the applicant must have:
• binocular vision;
• visual acuity of at least 20/40 in each eye; and
• a continuous field of vision of at least 140 degrees.
If corrective lenses are needed to meet the above standards, a restriction will be included
on the license requiring that corrective lenses be worn while driving.
The written knowledge test is designed to check the applicant's knowledge of motor vehicle laws, safe driving practices and signs. The information on which the applicant will be tested is in this manual. Typically, the test is offered in an automated format with an allotted completion time.
Driving Skills Test
The driving test includes on-course maneuvers and driving on public roads. The test is designed to assess the applicant's driving skills and observance of traffic laws. The vehicle must be operated in a safe and responsible manner.
Maryland Graduated Licensing System
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, fist 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 Full Driver's License.