I was pulled over for what I presume will be a DUI in PA the day before I moved to MD. I still have a PA driver's license and am waiting for the actual charges to arrive in the mail. Can I legally apply for an MD driver's license? Would this have any negative affect on my case in PA?
In my opinion, you CAN apply for a Maryland Driver's License if your license is currently not suspended, cancelled, or revoked. I do NOT think it will impact your case based on your statement that you are now a Maryland Resident and are required to do so within 60 days.
This is from the Maryland MVA:
Exchanging an Out-of-State License for a Maryland License, Please Bring:
Proof of age/identity, lawful presence, verifiable social security number or proof of ineligibility, Maryland residence, Out-of-State license(s), and the appropriate fee for each license class for which you apply. Please refer to Sources of Proof for required documentation.
New Maryland residents must obtain a Maryland Driver’s License within 60 days.
You must pass a vision screening.
An Out-of-State license may be valid or expired. If expired for one year or more, you are required to pass a knowledge and driver's skills test. If you do not have your out-of-state license in your possession, you will need to present a certified driving record from the licensing agency. The license cannot be suspended, cancelled or revoked.
If licensed for less than 18 months, you will be issued a Maryland Provisional License.
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It is possible that you may now be suspended in PA, and such a suspension WOULD affect your status with MD MVA under reciprocity. I urge you STRONGLY to get legal counsel in PA and to have that attorney contact MD MVA for additional information (and/or to get MD co-counsel.) Good luck to you.
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