November 18, 2005
MARYLAND residents are all too familiar with the frustration that can accompany a visit to the Motor Vehicle Administration. Long lines. Surly clerks. Interminable waits. Most folks expect and accept it. But for immigrants seeking driver's licenses - even those here legally - the experience is compounded by cumbersome identification rules that not only test their patience but also threaten their livelihoods, forcing them to wait months for the licenses, and then often in vain. Thirteen immigrants struck back this week and filed suit against the MVA, charging it with creating illegal barriers for immigrants wanting licenses.
May 7, 2013
The state has launched a program to streamline the eye exam process for people over 40 who are renewing their driver's licenses. Ophthalmologists and optometrists who sign up for the free program can submit a patient's vision screening results online to the Motor Vehicle Administration. Eligible drivers can then renew their driver's licenses through the agency's website or self-service kiosk. Drivers who use an MVA office can use the vision certification to eliminate the vision screening step in the renewal process.
April 18, 2010
The idea of limiting package goods liquor store licenses by statute in Howard County did not survive the General Assembly's 90-day session, but the spirit of the local bill may have. Instead of a bill that decreed no more than one carry-out liquor store per 2,600 residents in each of the five county planning districts, the bill unanimously approved by the full General Assembly requires the county's Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board to specifically address the need and community desire for a new store, the number and location of existing licenses, and the impact a new store might have on traffic, crime, parking and general public health and safety.
March 24, 2012
Hunters, anglers and those hoping to drive off-road vehicles will need a COMPASS to get their respective licenses and registrations. A pilot program recently implemented at seven regional service centers and 27 sports license locations will soon be accessible at home on the computer or over the phone with a live operator. A new online registration program called COMPASS will be available at the end of the month, according to a spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources.
February 3, 2014
Harford County is streamlining its dog licensing procedures so that pet owners soon will be able to buy licenses online, among other changes. The county Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits said the changes are the result of Harford County Council Bill 13-47, introduced at the department's request and passed unanimously by the council in December. The legislation, which takes effect Feb. 18, allows the department to take advantage of a new licensing system expected to be operational in July, the county said in a news release.
January 9, 2014
The Sun's recent editorial states that giving drivers licenses to persons in our country illegally will "help ensure that people who want to drive on the state's roads meet minimum safety standards and that their vehicles are registered and insured" ("Licensed to drive," Jan. 6). Exactly how will this happen? Whether a person has a license or not has no bearing at all on the registration of a vehicle, nor on whether the vehicle is insured. Additionally, the drivers license test administered to a non-English speaking individual is done with an interpreter.
March 4, 2010
Just sitting down at a desk at the marriage bureau at D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday was too much for Angelisa Young. She cried so hard that she eventually had to bury her face in her fiancee's chest. About a half-hour later, Young and her partner, Sinjoyla Townsend, who met 13 years ago in a constitutional law class at the University of the District of Columbia, became the first same-sex couple to apply to be married in the district as the city officially joined five states in allowing gay marriage.
March 31, 2011
With Maryland's crabbing season getting under way Friday, the state is making a new bid to buy back commercial fishing licenses, particularly from the 650 license-holders officials estimate are no longer active on the Chesapeake Bay. The Department of Natural Resources mailed buyback offers last month to all 2,258 people with unlimited tidal fishing or crab harvester licenses. The amount offered ranges from a base of $4,000 for the crab harvester license, which allows the holder to fish with up to 300 crab pots, to $12,000 for a tidal fishing license with authorization for 900 crab pots in the bay. State officials say the buyback is intended to keep pressure on the bay's rebuilding crab population from soaring if all the holders of unused licenses were to go back on the water.
November 27, 2012
Pet owners who live in Prince George's County can now apply for county pet licenses at the Laurel Municipal Center, in a move city officials said they made to make licensing a pet more convenient for Laurel residents. The law in Prince George's County, which includes the city of Laurel, requires all dogs, cats and ferrets at least four months old to wear a current Prince George's County license. The county licenses are valid for one year. Licenses can be purchased at the permit/license counter at the Department of Community Planning and Business Services, located at the Laurel Municipal Center, 8103 Sandy Spring Road.
December 19, 2008
At its first meeting last night, the commission that will award licenses to run slot-machine casinos in Maryland approved a 150-page request for bids that is expected to be sent to potential operators today. The bureaucratic step ushers in what state officials hope is a bidding war for the licenses that could bring more than $600 million to state coffers to ease future budget shortfalls, and more than $400 million to casino operators when the program is fully implemented in five years.