Can I drive in Maryland with a Foreign Driver’s License?

To drive in Maryland, you must have a valid driver’s license. Each state in the United States has its own license. Those licenses are valid throughout every state in the United States.

The Maryland Vehicle Administration (MVA) issues the Maryland driver’s license.

If you have brought a foreign driver’s license with you, be sure it is valid.

How Long is an International or Foreign Driver’s License Valid in Maryland?

Check the time limits below. After the time limit is over, you must get a Maryland driver’s license.

  • License from Your Home Country: Valid for 30 days
  • International Driver’s License: Valid for 1 year

International Drivers License Maryland

How Do I Get a Driver’s License in Maryland if I am a Foreigner?

To get a Maryland driver’s license, you must be at least 16 years old.

You DO NOT have to have a Social Security Number to get a license.

However, you must present the following documents:

  1. Passport
  2. Form I-94 card (should be in your passport)
  3. Current Form 1-20 (and any old I-20’s you may have)
  4. Driver’s License from your home country or your international license, if you have one
  5. Proof of Maryland address. This may be mail with your name and address, a telephone bill, electric bill, credit card bill, or a copy of your lease.
  6. Another form of identification with your signature on it. Such as a picture ID, canceled check, or a credit card.
  7. Fees
  8. Certificate for the successful completion of a 3-hour Drug & Alcohol class. This class is being offered at most driving schools.

At the MVA, you will have to take a written test and a road test using your own car. The written test consists of 20 multiple-choice questions. It is available in many languages.

You are also required to take a vision test.

Getting a Driver’s License Disclaimer

Please understand, you cannot be in the United States illegally if you wish to obtain a license. (Maryland Driver provisions changed in January 2014).

The Bottom Line on International and Foreign Licenses

The MVA’s rules and regulations frequently change, so be sure to check mva.maryland.gov or call 1-800-950-1682 for up-to-date information. 

Big changes started in January 2014. If you find yourself charged with driving without a license or some other traffic offense, be sure to consult your favorite ENlawyers!