What To Know About Provisional License In Maryland

The time has finally come! I passed my test, and I am ready to get a job, grow up and become a contributing member to society, right?

Hold that thought for a moment. Yes, you are about to receive your first driver’s license. However, it will be a Provisional license, often referred to as a Cinderella license. It is called this because, in the state of Maryland,  you must first prove that you are a reliable and responsible driver. This is the first license that you are to obtain, at the age of 16 years and six months, and it comes with very strict and limited rules that you must follow for a period of 18 months.

But wait, there is more, for each infraction that you are ticketed with during those 18 months, the 18 month time period will start over again. This can be very frustrating as you are probably aware, not too mention that your insurance rates are likely to increase if you are issued an infraction. So we went ahead and listed the restrictions associated with your new provisional license so you can make sure to follow these rules and get your unrestricted as soon as you are supposed to!

Restrictions With A Provisional License Holder Over The Age Of 18

  • Passengers
    • You may not drive with other passengers under the age of 18 unless they are an immediate family member for the first 151 days. The only way that you can drive with a passenger not related to you under the age of 18 is if you have a licensed driver with you at the time.
  • Wireless Devices
    • Just like an adult, you are prohibited from using any wireless communication device; however, unlike an adult, this also includes the use of a hands-free device. Remember: any infractions during the 18 months will result in the 18 months starting over from the date of the infraction.
  • Time Of Day
    • With a provisional license, you are prohibited from driving between the hours of 12 midnight and 5 am unless you are with a licensed driver who is over the age of 21 with at least three years of driving.

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Even with a provisional license, you will still need insurance, so contact Roadway Auto Insurance today to get a free quote.


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