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 and have completed all 30 hours of classroom and passed the final exam. Please follow the instructions listed in the email you received prior to the first day of class. Under the section "Behind the Wheel Instruction - Learner's Permit plus five (5) Practice Hours Required".
- The student must have access to the internet to connect by computer, tablet or phone to utilize the Zoom software. The device must have a camera and audio to participate in class.
- The student must stay on camera with the instructor for the entire class session each day. The instructor must see the student's full face, no hoods, hats or caps. The student CANNOT be in a bed or laying down, must be stationed in a sit up position in front of the camera. The student must CANNOT be in a vehicle or walking or in a public or work setting or any school functions. The student will be terminated wihtout notification if the above stated rules are not followed.
- The student must connect with audio and will need to participate if called upon by the instructor. The student will be terminated wihtout notification if the student does not answer or participate in class.
- Should the student have any connection issues and gets disconnected or walks away without notifying the instructor for any reason, the student will be terminated. There are exceptions and will be explained by the classroom instructor on the first day of class.
- If the student is terminated from a particular unit of the class session, they will be marked absent. The student must make-up the class unit at a later session. Further instructions are provided regarding make-up class/es in the email prior to the first day of class.
- Should the student need to walk away (such as having to use the restroom) please make sure the student utilizes the chat feature for permission from the instructor. The student will be timed while away from the camera. The student may NOT turn the camera off. If their absence is deemed to be excessive, they may be terminated from that particular class and will need to make up the class at a later session.
- Same as in-person class sessions, all virtual class sessions will also end with a quiz and there will be a final exam on day 10. All exams are randomized and no 2 tests are the same. This is done to prevent any cheating. With that being said, any student caught cheating will be disenrolled from the online session and from the driver's education program with Street Smarts of Maryland. No refunds will be provided should you be disenrolled for cheating.
- Whether virtual or in-person the school policy and the MVA rights and responsibilities policies will be followed by all students.
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