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.
WHO MUST TAKE DRIVER'S EDUCATION
- Maryland residents under the age of 17 years and 9 months must hold a learner's permit for a minimum of nine months, and also complete a State-approved driver's education program before applying for a new license.
- Maryland residents aged 17 years and 9 months and older who have never held a license from Maryland or any other US state or foreign country must complete a State-approved driver's education program before applying for a new license.
WHERE TO TAKE DRIVER'S EDUCATION
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.
WHAT'S COVERED IN A DRIVER'S EDUCATION COURSE
While driver's education courses vary from one school to another, all licensed programs must include the following components:
- Thirty hours of classroom periods, focusing on issues including alcohol safety and drug abuse awareness, defensive driving, motorcycle awareness and organ and tissue donation.
- In-car instruction sessions, divided into six hours of actual driving and periods of observation time.
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.