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§ 16-101. License required to drive or attempt to drive motor vehicle

West's Annotated Code of MarylandTransportationEffective: October 1, 2017

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Transportation
Title 16. Vehicle Laws--Drivers' Licenses (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 1. Issuance, Expiration, and Renewal of Licenses (Refs & Annos)
Effective: October 1, 2017
MD Code, Transportation, § 16-101
§ 16-101. License required to drive or attempt to drive motor vehicle
In general
(a)(1) An individual may not drive or attempt to drive a motor vehicle on any highway in this State unless:
(i) The individual holds a driver's license issued under this title;
(ii) The individual is expressly exempt from the licensing requirements of this title; or
(iii) The individual otherwise is specifically authorized by this title to drive vehicles of the class that the individual is driving or attempting to drive.
(2) On portions of a highway in the State where driving an all-terrain vehicle or a snowmobile is authorized by this article, an individual may not drive or attempt to drive an all-terrain vehicle or a snowmobile on the highway unless:
(i) The individual holds a driver's license issued under this title; or
(ii) The individual is expressly exempt from the licensing requirements of this title.
Mopeds or motor scooters
(b) Each individual operating on any highway in this State a moped, as defined in § 11-134.1 of this article or a motor scooter, as defined in § 11-134.5 of this article, shall have with the individual:
(1) A driver's license issued to the individual under this title, which license may be of any class issued by the Administration;
(2) If the individual is a nonresident of this State, a license to drive issued to the individual by the state or country of the individual's residence, which license may be for any class of vehicle; or
(3) A moped operator's permit issued to the individual under this subtitle.
Fines and penalties
(c) A person convicted of a violation of this section is subject to:
(1) For a first offense, imprisonment not exceeding 60 days or a fine not exceeding $500 or both; and
(2) For a second or subsequent offense, imprisonment not exceeding 1 year or a fine not exceeding $500 or both.

Credits

Added by Acts 1977, c. 14, § 2, eff. July 1, 1977. Amended by Acts 1978, c. 328; Acts 1981, c. 743; Acts 1998, c. 483, § 1, eff. July 1, 1999; Acts 2001, c. 557, § 1, eff. July 1, 2001; Acts 2006, c. 44, § 5, eff. April 8, 2006; Acts 2006, c. 329, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2006; Acts 2014, c. 294, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2014; Acts 2017, c. 55, § 1, eff. Oct. 1, 2017; Acts 2017, c. 694, § 2, eff. Oct. 1, 2017.
Formerly Art. 66 ½, § 6-101.
MD Code, Transportation, § 16-101, MD TRANS § 16-101
Current with emergency effective legislation through chapter 55 from the 2021 Regular Session of the General Assembly.
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