Driving and Commuting

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The Roads

Harford County is traversed by one interstate, two U.S. highways and various state routes.

Interstate 95 runs diagonally in the county from northeast to southwest. The interstate, which is one of the most heavily traveled highways in Maryland, provides access to eastern Pennsylvania, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. U.S. Route 1 and U.S. Route 40 run nearly ­parallel to Interstate 95. U.S. Route 1 is located north of the interstate, while U.S. Route 40 is located south of the interstate. U.S. Route 40 travels through Havre de Grace, Aberdeen and Edgewood.

Other highways include Maryland routes 7, 24 and 136. Maryland Route 7 connects with U.S. Route 40 in Aberdeen, running northeast to southwest between U.S. Route 40 and Interstate 95. Maryland Route 24 is a north-south route, beginning in the Edgewood area of Aberdeen Proving Ground in the south and traveling north to the Pennsylvania border near Fawn Grove. Maryland Route 136 begins in the northwestern portion of the county near Norrisville, running east to Pylesville and Whiteford, then south to Dublin, Churchville and Abingdon. The route ends at Maryland Route 7 in Abingdon.

Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration



MVA Office in Harford County

Bel Air Office:

501 W. MacPhail Road

Bel Air, MD 21014.................. 410-768-7000

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for all services, 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday for driver’s license services only

Rules of the Road

Military personnel and their spouses from elsewhere who are stationed in Maryland may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all new Maryland residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license within 60 days. License applicants who are exchanging an ­out-of-state license must pass a vision screening test or submit a completed vision screening form to the MVA. The out-of-state license may be valid or expired, but if the license is expired for more than one year, applicants must pass a knowledge and skills test. If applicants have been licensed for less than 18 months, they will be issued a Maryland provisional license. For more information on learner’s permits, ID cards and licensing in Maryland, visit the Motor Vehicle Administration’s website.

The state spells out at length what is required for licensing and liability insurance under various scenarios in its “Maryland Driver’s Manual,” which can be downloaded in ­English and Spanish online.

Used vehicles titled and registered in Maryland
must be inspected by a state-licensed inspection
station. For information on the Vehicle ­Emissions Inspection Program, visit the website

Forms associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online. Forms include driver licensing forms, insurance compliance forms, driver record forms and more.

Visit the Maryland Department of Transportation website for information on road conditions and closures, commuter options, construction projects and to view live traffic cameras.


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