Is it easier to get a driver's license in MD or DC?
August 3, 2009 11:47 AM   Subscribe

Is it easier to get a driver's license in Maryland or D.C.? Which tests are easier? Which has less-fussy paperwork or bureaucracy? Will there be a probationary period for either?

Asking for an adult friend who is likely able to prove residency in both MD and DC and wants to take the path of least resistance to getting a driver's license (all else being equal).
posted by cowbellemoo to Travel & Transportation (9 answers total)
It's the damn DMV, "fussy" and "bureaucratic" are not on the signs and stationary there, but it's implied and assumed.

I presumed you/they have already Googled the RMVs for each state and figured out what the process is?

So what else are you looking for?
posted by jerseygirl at 12:12 PM on August 3, 2009

Maryland. You can go to any DMV in the state, which includes smaller and easier to deal with DMVs. In DC you are limited.

If you are registering a car, however, you'll find it remarkably easier to park with an appropriate neighborhood sticker, which can only be had with a DC address.

Establishing a residency in MD means lower taxes, too.
posted by bensherman at 12:20 PM on August 3, 2009

Are you talking about a new, first-time driver?
posted by jgirl at 12:20 PM on August 3, 2009

In my opinion DC's DMV's are WAY more of a hassle. I'd stick with Maryland. I have lived in both of them, and got my license in MD. The test will pretty much be dependent on who is administering it, and as long as you follow directions well you will do fine.
posted by OuttaHere at 12:21 PM on August 3, 2009

If you are a first-time driver, I would go with DC. Maryland's Rookie Driver Program is a whole lot of headache.
posted by amarynth at 12:31 PM on August 3, 2009

He's a 25+ new, mostly first-time driver. He had a learner's, driver's ed, and limited experience when younger (high school) but never acquired the full driver's license and hasn't pursued it for a number of years.

I've dug a bit deeper into the programs for each and it looks like MD requires all new drivers (regardless of age) to complete a graduated licensing program which includes driver's ed. whereas DC only requires people under 21 to undergo a similar program. At the moment that seems to be the clincher since he's dwelling in D.C. and attending a driver's ed. program in MD would be more of a burden than the DC license process for someone 21+ (written test for learner's, written/road test for full license with no other certifications needed).
posted by cowbellemoo at 12:42 PM on August 3, 2009

In Maryland, the DMV is called the "MVA". Just to avoid any possible confusion.
posted by spaltavian at 1:37 PM on August 3, 2009

It may come down to where you want to park. Both DC and MD can be dicks about out of state cars regularly parking in residential areas, so I'd probably register wherever I parked the most.
posted by electroboy at 2:52 PM on August 3, 2009

I did my test in 17 years ago, but at the time you had to schedule DC tests many months in advance. I don't know if that is still the case.
posted by Lazlo Hollyfeld at 4:48 PM on August 3, 2009

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