✅ Updated January 2021

Ultimate guide to transferring your out-of-state driver's license to Maryland

Here's the ultimate guide to transferring your out-of-state license to Maryland. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time. This page is geared toward people who've moved to Maryland but have a driver license from another US state. If you have an international license, visit our Maryland driver's license page.

What You’ll Need to Transfer your Out-of-State Driver License to Maryland

  • Current out-of-state driver's license.
  • Another form of identification.
  • Proof of your Social Security number.
  • Proof of your new residence with your new address.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Payment for a new driver's license
    • New Resident $42.00 to get into the system
    •  First time to get a Maryland driver’s as a resident ( $72.00 )

What You’ll Do to Transfer your Out-of-State Driver License to Maryland

  • Step 1. You must pass a vision test.
  • Step 2.If you are exchanging an out-of-state license that has been expired for one (1) year or more, you are required to take the knowledge and skills tests.
  • Step 3. If you are new to Maryland you must obtain your driver's license within 60 days.
  • Step 4. Visit your local MD DMV office in person with the required documents and also surrender your out-of-state driver's license.
  • Step 5. Get your temporary license.

Caveats and Exception to Transferring your Out-of-State Driver License to Maryland

  • The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) is now printing/mailing one of the most secure driver’s licenses, learner’s permits and identification (ID) cards in the nation.  All cards are now delivered through the mail within 4-7 business days.
  • Need a REAL ID?  Then visit our Maryland REAL ID [embedded link] page to find out what is required.


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