Special Licenses in Maryland
To operate a motor vehicle that accommodates 16 or more passengers, such as a bus or shuttle, you need a commercial driver's license (CDL).
The Maryland Driver's Handbook provides a nifty chart explaining the necessary CDL classes necessary for each type of vehicle. Once you determine what CDL class you need, you can find further information:
- Our entire Maryland Commercial Drivers section.
- On the MVA's CDL Information Web page.
- Maryland's Commercial Driver's License Manual.
School Bus Endorsement
In addition to a passenger endorsement, you also need a school bus endorsement on your CDL if you want to operate a school bus in Maryland.
Section 10: School Buses of the Commercial Driver's License Manual gives an in depth look at the safety procedures school bus drivers must follow, as well as testing information.
To operate a motor vehicle that accommodates fewer than 16 passengers, such as a taxi or limousine, you simply need a regular Class A Maryland driver's license. Any special training depends on your employer's requirements.
You must have a motorcycle endorsement or Class M license to operate a motorcycle in Maryland. Before applying, consider the following:
- You must be at least 15 years and nine months old to apply for a motorcycle learner's permit.
- If you're under the age of 18, you must first complete Maryland's Motorcycle Safety Program in addition to the traditional driver education course.
- Testing requirements vary depending on your current license class, but include vision, written, skills, and a road sign and marker identification test.
Scooters and Mopeds
If your scooter or moped engine is over 50ccs, it's considered a motorcycle and the same endorsement or license requirements apply. If it is under 50ccs, it's considered an off-road vehicle (see below).
Off-road vehicles are those that you can't operate on public roadways. Such vehicles include all-terrain vehicles, snowmobiles, golf carts, and go-carts. Generally, you do not need to register these vehicles, nor do you need a license or endorsement to operate any of them.
You can find more information about off-road vehicles in the Maryland Driver's Handbook.
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