FORMS AND FAQS
Because we receive so many requests for more information on the driver education process, we're pleased to provide you with the following reference material.
Yes – Maryland law requires all first-time drivers to complete 30 hours of classroom and 6 hours of Behind the Wheel Lessons with a licensed driving school in the State of Maryland in order to obtain a Maryland driver's license. This rule applies to all drivers (regardless of age) who wish to obtain a driver's license in the State of Maryland.
The student does not need a Learner's Permit and he/she can start their classroom sessions as long as they are at least 15 years of age. These classroom sessions will help many students prepare for their MVA learner's permit test. In order to apply for a Learner's Permit, the student must be at least 15 years and 9 months.
The course consists of 2 individual parts. The first part consists of 30 hours of classroom instruction which takes place over 10 days. Each class session is 3 hours and 15 minutes in duration.
The second part consists of 6 hours of Behind the Wheel Lessons. In order to start their Behind the Wheel lessons, the student must have a valid Learner's Permit and have at least 5 hours of practice driving with their parent and/or driving coach. All Behind the Wheel lessons are taught by an MVA certified instructor and each in-car session lasts 2 hours. Students must demonstrate proficiency in their driving skills and they must pass the course with a score of 80% or above.
Proof of Age documentation (Birth Certificate, Learner's Permit, Passport or any government issued ID)
Once the student obtains their Learner's Permit and has at least 5 hours of practice driving with a parent or mentor, they can request to start their Behind the Wheel lessons by simply logging into the student portal, clicking My Profile and providing your permit information
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