Many international students possess a driver license issued in their home country.
Here is some information how to exchange yours once you arrive.
Exchanging an Out-of-Country for a Maryland License
Please Bring to any of our local Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) offices:
- You must pass a vision test, knowledge test, and driving test.
- You will be required to disclose your social security number.
- Applicants not eligible for a social security number will be required to provide a self-certification.
- An Out-of-Country driving permit may be valid or expired. The license cannot be suspended.
- If licensed for less than 18 months, you will be issued a Maryland Provisional License.
- If you have never been licensed in the U.S., you must complete a 3-Hour Drug & Alcohol Education Program.
- A valid U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) physical card or federal/MVA waiver (if applying for a Commercial Driver’s License) is needed.
- An Out-of-Country driving permit may be required to be accompanied by an international driver’s license or translated into English by an approved MVA translator.
- If you are from Out-of-Country, and have never held a driving permit, you must obtain a learner’s permit.
Out-of-Country Applicants: Applicants presenting foreign issued identity documents who are applying for their initial Maryland Learner’s Permit, Driver’s License, or Identification Card must schedule an appointment by calling 1-866-691-2778. Appointments will be scheduled Monday through Friday at one of the following ten regional MVA offices:
- Baltimore City
- Bel Air, Harford County
- Beltsville, Prince George’s County
- Frederick, Frederick County
- Gaithersburg, Montgomery County
- Glen Burnie, Anne Arundel County
- Largo, Prince George’s County
- Salisbury, Wicomico County
- Waldorf, Charles County
- White Oak, Montgomery County
Teacher with student in a car during driving lessons.