Frequently Asked Questions:
A: Many people register for a class and then don't show up. So when the class registration is full, we start a waiting list, because some seats will probably open up. If you put your name on a waiting list, you have to show up on the first day of class. People on the waiting list often get a seat in the class, but we can't guarantee it.
Q: What does "WAITING LIST" mean?
Q: AM I REQUIRED TO TAKE DRIVER’S ED?
A: Anyone who has never had a license is required to take driver’s ed, regardless of age or experience. If you have a valid license from another country, you only have to take the Drug & Alcohol class.
Q: HOW MUCH DOES DRIVER’S ED COST?
Q: HOW LONG DOES THE COURSE TAKE?
A: It varies for each person. It’s possible to finish the classes in as little as 4 weeks (if you register for the Fast Lane program) but it could take as long as a few months, depending on circumstances such as when you’re available and how busy we are.
Q: HOW MUCH TIME DO I HAVE TO COMPLETE IT?
A: You have up to three years to complete the course. If you have not paid your tuition and finished the course within three years, your records will be erased and you will have to start over from the beginning.
Q: DO I NEED A LEARNER’S PERMIT?
A: You will have to get a learner's permit in order to drive, but you can start the classes without it. Everyone, regardless of age or experience, is required to get a learner’s permit. If you’re UNDER 25 you must hold your learner’s permit for 9 months and get 60 hours of driving practice (in addition to the six hours included in driver's ed) before you can get a license. If you’re OVER 25, you only have to hold your permit for 45 days and practice for 14 hours.
Q: HOW DO I GET A LEARNER’S PERMIT?
Q: WHEN ARE THE CLASSES HELD?
Q: WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
Q: Do you offer classes in spanish?
Q: HOW CAN I PAY MY TUITION?
A: Most people pay their tuition or a $100 deposit ahead of time, which can be done over the phone (we accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover), or by mailing a check to our Essex office. You may also pay on the first day of class with cash, check, or credit/debit.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I BRING WITH ME?
A: Bring your tuition or down payment, your learner’s permit (if you have one), and a pen and paper to take notes.
Q: ARE PARENTS REQUIRED TO COME IN ON THE FIRST DAY?
Q: WHAT IF I HAVE TO MISS A DAY?
A: You are allowed to miss up to four classes, but you must make up any missed classes before you can be placed on the waiting list for driving hours. If you miss more than four classes, you will have to start over from the beginning.
Q: I HAVE AN INTERNATIONAL LICENSE.
WHAT MUST I DO TO GET A MARYLAND LICENSE?
Q: I WAS ASSIGNED TO A DRIVER IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM. WHAT'S THAT?
If you're assigned to the DIP it means that you've either received a moving violation, acquired 5-7 points within 2 years, or need to have your license reinstated. The MVA requires you to take the class within 30 days of receiving the notice, or else your license will be suspended. Click here for more info.
Q: ARE YOU LICENSED BY THE STATE?
A: Yes. We are fully licensed and certified by the state of Maryland and the MVA.
Q: ARE YOUR INSTRUCTORS CERTIFIED?
A: Yes. All of our instructors are certified driving instructors in the state of Maryland. They all undergo a rigorous training process and a thorough background check.
Q: CAN I REQUEST A SPECIFIC INSTRUCTOR FOR MY DRIVING LESSONS?
A: Maybe! Some of our instructors only work in certain parts of town, or on certain days of the week. But if there’s someone you’d like to drive with, let us know and we will try to schedule you with that person.
Q: WHAT SAFETY EQUIPMENT ARE YOUR CARS EQUIPPED WITH?
A: All of our cars are specially equipped with a passenger-side brake pedal and rearview mirror. Our stickshift car also has a passenger-side gas pedal and clutch. We keep cones and reflectors in the trunks in case of emergency.
Q: WHAT WILL I LEARN IN CLASS?
A: Too much to mention here! If you’d like a preview of what driver’s ed is all about, you can pick up a Driver Handbook from the MVA or one of our classroom locations. Just be sure to come by during our business hours.
Q: WHAT WILL I LEARN ON THE ROAD?
We try to adapt the in-car driving lessons to each individual student. Our goal is to cover as wide a range of skills as possible within the limited time that we have. Our focus is to make you a safe and courteous driver.
Q: WILL YOU PICK ME UP?
A: Not for the classes, but for driving lessons we do pick up students within a certain range. Generally, if you live within 15 minutes of one of our classrooms we will be able to pick you up. If you think you might be too far away, give us a call and we’ll look into it.
Q: HOW DO I SCHEDULE A TEST AT THE MVA?
Q: MAY I USE ONE OF YOUR CARS FOR MY TEST?
A: We do allow people to use our cars for the driving test, but only at the Essex, Glen Burnie, Bel Air and Annapolis MVA locations. The fee starts at $130 and increases based on time and travel requirements. For more information visit our MVA Testing page.
Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE MVA FOR MY TEST?
A: You should bring your learner’s permit and your skills log. If you’re under 18, your skills log must be signed by the same person who signed for your learner’s permit.
Q: IS IT POSSIBLE TO FAIL DRIVER’S ED?
A: Yes, but it rarely happens. The final hour of driving does include an evaluation on which you must earn at least an 80% to pass. If we feel you have not practiced enough to pass this evaluation, we will suggest that you postpone your final driving lesson until you’ve gotten more practice. By doing this we are able to prevent students from failing the course. However, it is ultimately up to you whether or not to postpone your lessons. If you decide not to, and you don’t pass the driving evaluation, you will have to return for a 30-minute reevaluation, which costs $30.
Q: WHAT HAPPENS IF I FAIL THE MVA TEST?
A: If you fail the MVA test, you’ll have to schedule another appointment to take it again. If you’ve paid us to have an instructor take you there in our car, and want to do so again, you’ll have to pay again for a new appointment. This can be quite costly, so it’s always a good idea to be sure you’re ready for the test before you go.