In response to the existing state of emergency resulting from COVID-19, the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) has approved the use of distance learning to provide the certified driver education program in Maryland.
Frequently Asked Questions
Individuals who have never held a non-commercial, Class C, driver’s license are required to complete an MVA-certified Driver Education course in order to obtain a driver’s license. This rule applies to all Maryland residents, regardless of age.
The first & primary advantage is that we can ensure our health and safety by following the State & CDC guidelines of maintaining social distancing while we face the challenge of COVID 19 pandemic and what better way than a virtual class?
Being able to drive is a privilege and a necessity. With the distance learning access, we can start the class independent of any situation and other unexpected circumstances.
Studying online gives you more flexibility. You can work and fit your work schedule around your coursework more easily.
By studying online, you choose your own learning environment that works best for your needs. Taking an online course also means that you don’t have to commute to class, which means less time spent on the commute and more study time sitting at home.
Studying online will help you become more self-motivated and enhance your time-management skills, traits that will make you stand out.
Online courses offer shy or more reticent students the opportunity to participate in class discussions more easily than face-to-face class sessions. Some students even report better concentration in online classes due to the lack of classroom activity.
Even the most basic online course requires the development of new computer skills, as students learn to navigate different learning management systems/ programs and Improve your technical skills.
You do not need a learner’s permit to start the class – in fact, you can begin the class as early as age 15. Many students find that taking the class first helps them to pass the MVA learner’s permit test later when they apply for a permit. (You can apply for a learner’s permit at the age of 15 and 9 months.)
The course consists of two parts: a classroom portion, and behind-the-wheel portion. Students may take the classroom portion without a learner’s permit, and then return for the on-the-road training after they have obtained their permit.
Online program only offers the 30 hours classroom. You need to be physically present at the school for the BTW, please check the website for details. Students who enroll for BTW at Leap Driving Academy will be offered a special price. You may call the school for more details.
Yes, you can take 6 hours BTW at any school located near you. However, students who enroll for BTW at Leap Driving Academy will be offered a special price.
The $300 fee includes BTW lessons. If you paid $150 , you need to pay the remaining amount before the classroom ends (in two weeks).
The school will provide links to all the study material required. The Instructors will guide you and inform you regularly during the sessions. You can download the materials from the website.
The Virtual class platform allows Instructors and students to interact in real time. Instructors can visually confirm the students’ participation during the lesson. Students can submit their questions during the session, which the Instructor can clarify.
The students present have Audio and Visual access to all the other students in the session. They can interact and communicate/discuss in real time.
Difficulty staying motivated
Difficulty staying connected at All Times For those who don’t have a source of reliable internet.
Distractions and noises can be a challenge but If everyone acts responsible, we may minimize it.
Difficulty completing all the components of the Course BTW lessons will be at the school only and must be completed for full completion of MVA certified Driver Education program.