Maryland residents get driver’s licenses through the Maryland MVA (Motor Vehicle Administration). The MVA issues a Maryland motorcycle license after passage of both written and driving motorcycle tests. However, if a license applicant takes the proper Maryland motorcycle training course, he or she can get an MD motorcycle license without taking the MVA motorcycle tests.
First, you will need to earn a regular driver’s license. If you don’t have such a license, then you would first need to take a Maryland driver’s education course and get a learner’s permit by passing a written driver’s license test. You would then get a provisional license that will elevate to a full license after about 18 months. After being fully licensed in Maryland with a driver’s license, you can then follow the next steps to get a Maryland motorcycle license.
The training option is by far the most desirable if you have the money for a course and would like to get a waiver from the written and hands-on Maryland motorcycle tests. This state has a Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program that sponsors a Basic Rider motorcycle training class. Those who pass this MD motorcycle class get a waiver on both the written and knowledge tests. This is very convenient in that you can take this Basic Rider course without having a motorcycle or even a helmet.
And you would normally have to provide your own motorcycle and required equipment to take the driving test for a Maryland motorcycle license. So taking the training route for a test waiver will also eliminate this hassle.
Warning: If you are under 18, you are actually required to take the Basic Rider course in Maryland. In some cases, an out-of-state motorcycle training school might suffice. For example, the Motorcycle Safety Foundation approves Basic Rider courses in many states. However, before taking a different motorcycle class than the one sponsored by the Maryland Motorcycle Safety Program, you need to speak to MVA motorcycle licensing officials to get the green light on such a training program.
Of course, to play it safe on your way to an MD license to ride a motorcycle, you should just attend the Maryland course. Find out more information and learn how to enroll by going to the program’s web page at mva.maryland.gov/MVA-Programs/moto/default.htm. Enroll and complete the course to get your license.
Of course, a much more cumbersome and time-consuming route would be to first study for your written test, take it at an MVA testing office and then get your Maryland motorcycle permit. After that, you could then practice riding a motorcycle and then go back and take the hands-on road test to get your full Maryland motorcycle license.
If seeking to go this route because you do not need or want the Maryland motorcycle training course, then you should study the Maryland motorcycle manual. Access this study guide at mva.maryland.gov/Resources/DL-001.pdf. It will also help you prepare for the driving test, but make sure you are very comfortable operating a motorcycle should you decide to skip the Maryland training program.
If you need help finding a local MVA office location, use the map at mva.maryland.gov/Hours-Locations/default.asp. Go there to schedule tests and pay to get your MD motorcycle license or permit.
Maryland Motorcycle Manual