The questions and answers provided below relate to licensing
a drivers' school and/or instructor. All drivers' schools that charge a fee, and their instructors, must be licensed by the MVA. The requirements mentioned in these processes are more fully discussed in various sections of the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) and should be carefully reviewed prior to applying for a drivers' school license.
Note that a license permits the school, or instructor, to teach only students who currently hold a valid driver's license. If the school, or instructor, wants to offer the Driver Education Program for first time drivers' (also known as the 30/6 program), the school and its instructors must also be certified. The requirements related to licensing and certifying both a school and its instructors are essentially the same. One significant difference is that there are fees associated with the licensing transactions, while there are no fees associated with certification, except when the school changes its name. Also, an instructor certification requires the instructor to pass additional examinations. The school or instructor may apply for both licensing and certification simultaneously by following the appropriate procedure below.
Each of the following licensing-related procedures is separately discussed below in answer to commonly asked questions. Either scroll down to the appropriate question and answer, or click on the procedure in which you are interested.