This Step: Take Driver Training
Take Driver Training in Maryland
With your permit, you can begin the second portion of your driver’s education course: driver training. During this phase, you must complete six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, clock an additional 60 hours of supervised driving practice and abide by the following restrictions.
A) Complete Driver Training
During your six hours of driver training, your instructor will expand upon areas you covered in the classroom. You’ll also get direct feedback on your driving and vehicle-handling skills so you can best prepare for the road test.
Once you complete the classroom instruction and driver training portions of the required course, you’ll receive a driver’s education certificate. Hang on to this so you can submit the certificate to the MVA when you apply for your provisional license.
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B) Clock Supervised Driving Practice Hours
On top of completing driver training, you must clock (and keep track of) a minimum of 60 additional hours behind the wheel with a qualified supervising driver. You must drive at least 10 of these practice hours during the period that begins 30 minutes before sunset and 30 minutes before sunrise. For more info, see the Rookie Driver Skills Log and Practice Guide, and be sure to review the restrictions below.
Know Your Learner’s Permit Restrictions
You can only drive the type of vehicles that fall under the driver’s license class (also listed on your permit). And you must be accompanied and under the immediate supervision of a driver who:
- Is at least 21 years old
- Has held a license for at least three years in Maryland (or another state) that allows them to drive vehicles of the same class that you are
- Sits next to you in the front seat
The state also prohibits all permit holders younger than 18 from using a wireless communication device (including a cell phone) while driving, with the exception of making a 911 emergency call. Violating this could result in a driving privilege suspension.
Be cautious when you drive. Any moving-violation convictions you get, will restart the mandatory period you must hold a permit to graduate to the next phase.
C) Get Proof of Completion
Not only will you need your drivers ed completion certificate to get your license; you’ll also need proof you completed your 60 hours of supervised driving hours. Have your Practice and Skills Log completed and signed and submit both documents on test day.