Most new drivers in Maryland are required to successfully complete a State-approved driver's education program in order to obtain a Maryland driver's license. In fact, for many applicants, the driver's education certificate of completion is part of the actual driver's license application.
Driver's education courses are offered through both public and private school programs, all of which must be approved by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration. Driving schools, licensed by the Motor Vehicle Administration, cover the same course content.
While driver's education courses vary from one school to another, all licensed programs must include the following components:
After the successful completion of the driver's education course, your driving school will a send a copy of the completion certificate to the Maryland Department of Motor Vehicles, after which you may be issued a permanent driver's license. Drivers under the age of 18 must have their certificate signed and authorized by a parent or legal guardian, who must certify that the student has had at least 60 hours of driving practice, including at least 10 evening or nighttime hours.