Driving and Commuting
Anne Arundel and Howard counties are traversed by two interstate highways and several U.S. highways and state routes.
Interstate 97 is Anne Arundel’s major road artery that runs north to Baltimore and northwest to Columbia in Howard County. Interstate 695, commonly known as the Baltimore-Washington Beltway (Route 295), lies in the northern part of the county. Other major roads include Interstate 895, Maryland State Highway 100 and Interstate 195, which serves Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. U.S. Highway 50/301 (Interstate 595) provides an east-west roadway leading to Washington, D.C., to the west. The Chesapeake Bay Bridge connects Anne Arundel County to the eastern shore of Queen Anne’s County.
Interstate 70 is a major roadway across the northern part of Howard County, leading to Baltimore. Interstate 95 travels generally north-south, skirting the eastern edge of the county, also leading to Baltimore to the northeast and south to Washington.
The Maryland Transit Administration offers commuter bus service in Anne Arundel County with express routes linking Washington, D.C., and Annapolis and Baltimore at www.mta.maryland.gov/commuter-bus. The Maryland Department of Transportation offers a link for “Commuters” that provides a wealth of choices for public transit, light rail, Park & Ride, MTA Transit Maps and MTA visitor information at www.mdot.maryland.gov. The website also provides live traffic cameras and MD511 — Know Before You Go — for updated commuter information.
Howard Commuter Solutions provides free car and van pool matching service and other commuter options to individuals traveling within Howard County or to Washington, D.C., Baltimore and surrounding areas. Call 410-313-3130 for information, or visit www.commuterconnections.org/commuting-resources/rideshare-programs.
Maryland Department of Transportation
Motor Vehicle Administration
6601 Ritchie Highway NE
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s Motor Vehicle Administration (DMV) issues driver’s licenses, identification cards, vehicle registration and other driving-related services. Visit www.mdot.maryland.gov and click on “Motor Vehicle” under “MDOT Business Units” for general information, requirements and DMV office locations.
As a new resident you must register your vehicle and obtain a new driver’s license within 60 days of moving to Maryland. If you delay beyond 60 days, you will not be eligible for a tax credit for any titling tax paid in another state, and you may be subject to a citation for an out-of-state registration.
Some states grant an extension of the driver’s license validity period to active-duty military personnel and their dependents when they are stationed outside their home licensing state, but in general new Maryland residents who want to drive must apply for a driver’s license once residency is established.
Maryland prohibits use of cellphones while driving without a hands-free device. State law prohibits a driver under 18 from using any cellphone. The maximum fine is $83 for the first offense, $140 for a second, and $160 for a third. Maryland has banned texting while driving.
Information and forms needed to register your vehicle as well as insurance requirements are available at www.mva.maryland.gov/vehicles.