I was one of the “More than 66,000 Maryland residents are at risk of having their driver’s licenses or identification cards recalled in June” and today was my appointment at the MVA in Columbia.

I had collected all of my documents and went over the the MVA this morning. The Columbia office was PACKED when I arrived. Every seat taken and the line for “Information” had 20 to 30 people in line. I was thrilled to see that there was a special line for online appointments…and that line only had 3 people in line when I arrived.

The online appointment line moved quickly (I was only in line for a few minutes). They check to make sure you have all of the necessary documents and then give you a number. I went out in the lobby and waited on my number to be called. To my surprise it was called quickly…maybe 7 minutes or so.

I took my documents up to the counter and they take them all and scan them into their system. This only takes a few minutes.

Once they are done…I got my license returned to me and a receipt that states I have fulfilled my requirement.


The entire process took under 15 minutes for me. One of the best experiences I have ever had at MVA.

Still not sure if you are required to turn in your documents as part of this…click on THIS LINK and enter your drivers license number…MVA will tell you. It really is that simple. If you are required…just follow the instructions and make an appointment online. No question that made today easy.

Scott E


  1. I had the exact same experience this week as you at the MVA (Columbia) except I stood in the long line. They were suppose to have a greeter to assist but that person was not there when I arrived.

    I did not see the sign for the separate ID line until I was already in line. I was early anyway so I stayed in line.

    When I sat down to present the ID paperwork til they were done was a total of 3 minutes.

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