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Maryland Driving School FAQs

Q: How old do I have to be to take driver education in Maryland?

15 years old.

Q: Do I need to have a learner's permit to take driver education in Maryland?

As of October 1, 2008, MVA Regulations allow students who do not yet possess a Learner's Permit to complete the 30 hours of in-class instruction, but require students to have a Maryland Learner's Permit to participate in the 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training.

Q: How old should my student be to start the State Driver Education Program, and what is the best way to progress through the training?

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and I Drive Smart, Inc. recommend that students start Driver Education at age 15, progress through the 30 hours of in-class instruction to prepare for the MVA Learner's Permit Exam which a student can take at 15 years and 9 months; and then complete the behind-the-wheel portion of the training after the Learner's Permit is obtained. It is best to stretch the training over a period of time to give each student the opportunity to absorb both the in-class and behind-the-wheel material.

Q: What if I miss a class?

Students are permitted under MVA guidelines to make up a missed class within a reasonable amount of time. If you miss an in-class session, please determine where the missed class is taking place, advise the instructor that you are making up a class and be sure to get all documents signed on the required MVA forms.

Q: How old do I have to be to get a learner's permit in Maryland?

You have to be 15 years and 9 months old. You do not have to have taken Driver Education to get a learner's permit. You must study the Maryland Driver Handbook and take a test at a full service MVA location.

Q: How do I get my certification for the Driver's Skills Test?

The Maryland MVA no longer issues paper certificates to completed students to clear them to take the MVA Licensing Test.  Certified schools such as I Drive Smart now enter the completed student's information into the MVA On-line Certification Web Interface.  The MVA will have your student information in their system when you arrive on test day as long as you have completed all the required training, submitted your forms to I Drive Smart and have been cleared by I Drive Smart to schedule your test. 

Once you have completed all the required course work for both the in-class training and the behind-the-wheel training, you must submit the following forms to the I Drive Smart office via the outlined submission process below:

1. Student In-class Completion Form/Record
2. Student Behind-the-Wheel Completion Form/Record
3. Student Answer Sheet (found in your student handbook)
4. Student MVA Bill of Rights Form (signed by parent or guardian)
5. Student In-car Evaluation Form

How to Submit your required Student Forms:

As of September 1, 2010 I Drive Smart tracks all required student forms via our on-line Event Management System. As a student progresses through both in-class and behind-the-wheel training, all data are entered by individual instructors which will automatically populate onto the appropriate form. Students only have to manage their Maryland Classroom Student Answer Sheet contained in your issued Student Manual. This sheet along with your book should be brought to all in-class training sessions so all answers, scores and instructor signatures can be documented. The answer sheet also serves as the student's receipt of attendance. DO NOT MISPLACE THIS ANSWER SHEET. All other documents are handled by the I Drive Smart Event Management System. Students and Parents can view student scores and attendance by logging into their user account after each session.
Once a student has completed all training, they will be able to view all completed forms with scores and signatures showing 24-hours after their last training session via their user account. Additionally, a completed student will receive an email instructing the student to do the following:

Step One: Once notified via the student's user account, the student should download, print and view all forms.

Step Two: After all documents are signed by the student/parent/guardian, the forms should be submitted in one of the following methods:

Submission Methods:

Electronic Upload: Print and sign your forms, scan and upload directly into your User Account
                           See directions on the Upload Forms Page in your User Account.
Email:                   Students can scan and email to studentforms@idrivesmart.com
Fax:                      Students can fax clean copies to (800) 783-1183 (include a transmittal)

Mail:                      Mail the MVA white copies to:
                             I Drive Smart, Inc.
                             30 Court House Square, G-2
                             Rockville, MD 20850
                             Attention: Student Document Review

Once the student's documents have been received and approved by the office, the student will receive an email and a notice in their user account clearing them to schedule their licensing test at the Motor Vehicle Administration.

Q: What is the Graduated Licensing Program?

The program requires novice drivers to gain more driving experience with a supervising driver and gradually move up through the licensing process until full license status is achieved. Under the graduated licensing system, non-commercial license applicants, who have never held a driver's license, must progress through three licensing levels:

Level 1 = Learner's permit (15 years and 9 months)
Level 2 = Provisional license (After Driver Education)
Level 3 = Full license

Q: I have been trying to print the forms for four days from three different computers and if I am in Microsoft Explorer it kicks me out ; if I use Firefox, it says to wait (forever) for the form to download. Please advise. 

A: We are sorry for your experience and share in your frustration. Occasionally, Adobe’s software has glitches in certain browsers, and this is especially a problem for people on the Apple/Macintosh platform. If you are having problems seeing the forms to print them out, there is a potential work-around solution to address your issue. Instead of trying to view the document through the browser, try to download the file to your computer. Make sure to remember where on your hard drive you choose to save the file so that you can find it later. Once downloaded, you should be able to open the PDF file with Adobe Reader software (no browser involved at this point), view the information, and print it. please follow the below steps:

       In Firefox, choose Tools > Options
  • In the Options dialog, click Applications.
  • In the Applications tab, type PDF in the search field. 
  • For Portable Document Format (PDF) content type in the search result, select Use Adobe Acrobat (in Firefox) from the Action drop-down list.
  • If you see a button in the upper-right corner called “Open with a Different Viewer,” click on this button.
  • Click OK.
  • Restart Firefox.
      Configure Chrome
  •   In Chrome, go to chrome://plugins/.
  •   Click Disable under Chrome PDF Viewer, and click Enable under Adobe PDF Plug-In.
  1. Clicking the button should launch the dialogue box below, permitting you to Save File to your computer (please note the location for later retrieval):
  2. If you do not see the “Open with a Different Viewer” button, you may see an icon in the upper right section with an image of an icon with an error on it. It should look like this:  
  3. Clicking on this “Download” icon is another way to launch the dialogue box allowing you to save the file.
  4. A third way to try to download and save the file is to use the right button on the mouse and click somewhere on the page that is not displaying, then choose “Save Page As…”. This should also launch the dialogue box allowing you to save the file. A screen shot below shows the menu that should pop up when you right click on the screen area where the document should be displaying:

While Adobe promised that they will fix the “browser bug,” we can’t just wait for them to solve it, so we are hoping that these instructions will address the challenges that you have been experiencing. If you continue to have problems downloading your form, please let us know. Good luck, and thank you for choosing I Drive Smart!

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I Drive Smart Corporate Office:
30 Courthouse Square, Suite G-2
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Phone: 301.605.7761
Fax: (800) 783-1183