11.17.02.02

.02 Armed Forces Licensees Absent from the State.

A. An individual's driver's license remains in full force and effect if the individual is:

(1) Absent from this State on active duty in the armed forces of the United States; or

(2) A dependent of and residing with a member of the armed forces of the United States, on active duty outside this State.

B. If a license is valid under §A of this regulation, but that license would otherwise have expired, the license remains in effect until the earlier of the following dates:

(1) 30 days following the date of the licensee's return to this State; or

(2) 30 days following the licensee's discharge from active duty.

C. The provisions of §B of this regulation do not apply if the license is suspended, revoked, or canceled during the 30-day period following the licensee's return to this State.

D. Although the driver's license remains in effect while a member of the armed forces is absent from this State, a member of the armed forces on active duty and the member's dependents, whose driver's licenses will expire while they are absent from the State, are encouraged to renew their driver's licenses by mail and receive valid, without photo, licenses.

E. If a license has expired, a member of the armed forces and the member's dependents shall, upon returning to the State, present documents in accordance with COMAR 11.17.09.06 for purposes of renewing their driver's licenses.

F. A member of the armed forces renewing a license under §E of this regulation may verify temporary out-of-State residency by presenting the following documents:

(1) The member's military identification card; and

(2) A copy of the armed forces member's military orders indicating active duty outside this State.

G. A dependent of a member of the armed forces renewing a license under §E of this regulation may verify temporary out-of-State residency by presenting the following documents:

(1) The dependent's military dependent identification card;

(2) A copy of the armed forces member's military orders indicating active duty outside this State; and

(3) A certified statement from the armed forces member verifying that the:

(a) Dependent has been residing outside this State with the member; and

(b) Member was on active duty.