Monday, January 30, 2017

Do You Have to Get a New Driver’s License if you Move to a New State?

People often forget that when you move to a new state, you MUST update your driver's license to the new state, or else your other license will be suspended. In Maryland, you have 60 days for a noncommercial driver's license to update to a Maryland license and 30 days for a commercial license. If caught with an out-of-state license past that time period, you will face a suspension on your license.

Sometimes people with out-of-state license with a suspension on their record will move to a new state in an attempt to get a new license without a suspension. When updating to a Maryland license, MVA will not give you a Maryland license until the suspension on your out-of-state license is resolved. In addition, when updating to a Maryland license, MVA forces you to surrender your out-of-state license.

A new change in Maryland regarding licenses is that you will no longer obtain your physical license at MVA. Instead, your new Maryland license will be mailed to you. The new Maryland driver's license is considered the most secure license in the country, and for that reason, MVA will no longer hand out licenses at any location.

If you've been charged with a traffic offense in Maryland related to a driver's license issue, call Portner & Shure today for a free consultation: (301) 854-9000, (410) 995-1515.

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