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State Laws Extending Driving Privileges to All Residents - Maryland

Bill/Statute: MD TRANS § 16–122

Year Law Enacted: 2013

Effective Date: January 1, 2014

Name of Document Issued: Driver's License


What are the eligibility requirements?

  • Provide documentary evidence that, for the previous two years, you filed a Maryland income tax return or that you resided in the state and were claimed as a dependent of someone who filed a Maryland state tax return
  • Meet eligibility requirements for a driver's license (other than having lawful immigration status and a valid Social Security Number)                             

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How long is the card valid?

The license will be valid for 5 to 8 years.


Are there distinguishing features or language on the license?

The license will have a unique design or color and include the following language: “Not federally compliant” and “May not be used to purchase a firearm.”


Is there an anti-discrimination provision in the law?



Is there a data confidentiality provision in the law?



This summary was prepared in January 2014 for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. For questions, please contact CLINIC’s State & Local Advocacy Attorney Jen Riddle at or (301) 565-4807. 

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