State Requirements

Active duty personnel arriving from overseas assignments must have their vehicles properly registered within 60 days of the arrival of their vehicles.


No need to re-register active duty bearing current tags of member's state of domicile.

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Learner's permit can be obtained at age 16 (application can be accepted age 15 years 9 months) in Maryland.


Cost is $50.


Examines and licenses drivers, conducts driver training program, titles/registers vehicles, issues identification cards to adult non-drivers.


Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA)

1601 Bowmans Farm Road

Frederick, MD 21701

Telephone: (800) 950-1682

Hours: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon. -Fri.


Other Phone Numbers:

  • Vehicle Inspections: (800) 638-8347

  • TDD for the Deaf: (800) 492-4575

  • Motorcycle Safety Training Program: (800) 638-1722.



  1. Vehicle liability insurance in the amount of $30,000/$60,000/$15,000;

  2. Motorist insurance $2,500;

  3. Valid State Drivers License

Operating Motorcycles, Mopeds, and/or Motor Scooters on Fort Detrick

Regulatory Requirements IAW DoDI 6055.04 and AR 385-10:

  • All military personnel who ride or intend to ride a motorcycle must complete a Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic Rider Course (BRC) or DUSD(I&E) endorsed, State-approved curriculum for motorcycle operator’s safety training before operation of any motorcycle, motorized bicycle (moped), and/or motor scooter on Fort Detrick. Civilian personnel, retirees, dependents, or contracted laborers that are properly licensed to ride a motorcycle will not be required to receive Service-sponsored training or prove that they have taken other motorcycle training in order to operate a motorcycle on the installation.


  • Active Duty Military must complete this course before operation of a motorcycle on or off the installation, on or off duty, regardless of whether the motorcycle is registered on post.


  • Military motorcycle operators must have in their in possession an MSF card when they ride to verify completion of training.


  • The required motorcycle safety training shall be provided at no cost to military personnel. Personnel shall not be charged leave to attend the required training. This training requirement excludes those operating motorcycles with attached sidecars, three-wheel motorcycles, and all-terrain vehicles.


  • Soldiers can register for all Progressive Motorcycle Program training courses through the U.S. Army Traffic Safety Training Program Registration System (CAC-enabled) at offered at nearby installations.


  • Once military motorcycle operators have successfully completed the MSF course they can register the vehicle for operation on Fort Detrick by providing the completion card to Vehicle Registration, 1520 Porter Street, Room 134 to obtain appropriate decal.


Motorcycle Sustainment Training

Basic Rider Course (BRC)

This 15-hour course is designed for beginning riders of all ages  In the classroom, you’ll learn about the different types of motorcycles, layout and operation of the basic controls, and how to become a safer, more responsible rider. You’ll then move to the riding range where a MSF-certified RiderCoach will guide you through the basic skills of straight-line riding, stopping, shifting, and turning, gradually progressing to swerving and emergency braking.


Experienced Rider Course (ERC) or Basic Rider Course II (BRC II)

This one-day course is for licensed motorcycle riders who want to improve or refresh their riding skills on their personal motorcycle. Topics include responsible riding habits, selecting the appropriate riding gear, basic riding skills, defensive strategies, handling various riding situations, advanced turning, shifting, and crash avoidance. This course is required for operators of standard, cruiser, tourer, etc. type motorcycles. The pre-requisites for this course include completion of the BRC and the ability to:


  • Use the clutch and throttle to get the motorcycle in motion

  • Stop the motorcycle properly in a designated area

  • Execute gradual and tight turns

  • Up and downshift smoothly

  • Achieve a speed of at least 25 mph.

Military Sportbike Rider Course (MSRC)

This one-day course is for the licensed motorcyclist who wants complement their basic skills and improve personal risk assessment. It includes a fast-paced classroom segment with several interactive activities to improve perception and hazard awareness. Range exercises enhance both basic skills and crash avoidance skills. Improving braking and cornering finesse is highly emphasized. The course is required for riders of sport or street motorcycles.


Motorcycle Refresher Training (MRT)

This course is required for any licensed/endorsed Soldier owning a motorcycle and returning from a deployment greater than 180 days. A Soldier must attend MRT prior to operating his or her MC on a public or private street or highway with the exception of riding to the training site or location. MRT will be conducted on the individual’s own motorcycle to confirm ability to safely handle his or her MC versus taking training on a smaller size/cubic centimeter training motorcycle. Training will be provided at the unit level utilizing the USACR/Safety Center MRT digital video disk, which is available at


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

The following Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is required by both DoDI 6055.04 and AR 385-10. It is MANDATORY for all personnel (military and civilian) operating a motorcycle, moped, or motor scooter on Fort Detrick:


  • Helmets - Certified to meet Department of Transportation (DOT) standard No. 218, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Standard 2205, British Standard 6658, or Snell Standard M2005. Helmet must be properly fastened under the chin.
  • Eye Protection - Eye protection must be designed to meet or exceed ANSI Z87.1 for impact and shatter resistance (includes goggles, wraparound glasses, or a full-face shield (properly attached to a helmet). A windshield or fairing does not constitute eye protection.
  •  Foot Protection - Foot protection includes sturdy over-the-ankle footwear that affords protection for the feet and ankles (durable leather or ballistic-type cloth athletic shoes that cover the ankles may be worn).
  • Protective Clothing - Protective clothing includes long-sleeved shirt or jacket, long trousers, and full-fingered gloves or mittens made from leather or other abrasion-resistant material. MC jackets and pants constructed of abrasion-resistant materials (such as leather, Kevlar®, or Cordura®) and containing impact-absorbing padding are strongly encouraged. Riders are strongly encouraged to select riding gear that incorporates fluorescent colors and retro-reflective material!

For additional information regarding motorcycle safety, contact the Installation Safety Office at (301) 619-7318.