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With comprehensive classes on safety and on-the-road driving instruction and practice, get confidence and training for the driver’s license exam.

CSM offers driver education programs, "Alive at 25" defensive driving programs, and driver improvement programs.

Top 10 Reasons to Choose CSM for Drivers Education

  1. We have trained over 20,000 students in Southern Maryland since we opened our first location in 2002.
  2. Our Driver Education program is certified by the Maryland Department of Transportation and the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration.
  3. In our surprised audits conducted by the Motor Vehicle CSM has received 100% on every audit. This reflects the quality, value and proficiency of CSM's Driver Education Program.
  4. CSM is the largest public Driver Education Program in Maryland.
  5. CSM conducts parent /student orientations to help bridge the gap between the new driver, the parents and the Driver Ed school.
  6. CSM Driver Education Program ranks among the highest first time test pass rates in the state of Maryland for the provisional license.
  7. CSM has on staff one of 12 state certified master trainers of Driver Ed instructors. This helps CSM assure the highest quality of all our instructors.
  8. CSM conducts one-on-one training with students and instructors. This ensures a learning environment that is free of unwanted distractions.
  9.  CSM instructors provide a pre-brief and a de-brief for each driving session.
  10. CSM has instructors that work with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to effectively communicate changes in the curriculum as needed.    

TRA-9000 Driver Education

The Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) requires this course for those wishing to obtain a Maryland Driver’s License for the first time, regardless of age.  The College of Southern Maryland requires that  the student attend an orientation accompanied by a parent/guardian or mentor if student is a minor.  The three hour orientation will be held during the first classroom date of the class and the student must bring their Maryland learners permit to the orientation.  This orientation class will acquaint the student and the parent/guardian or mentor with the 1) college requirements; 2) components of the Maryland’s Graduated Licensing Law;  3) parent/guardian or mentor obligations (60 hours in car practice).  

 Maryland's Graduated Licensing Law requires that Driver Education consist of 30 hours of classroom instruction in operator and vehicle control, space management, basic maneuvering, reducing risk and personal factors influencing operator performance, environmental conditions and collision avoidance.  The law also requires 6 hours of behind the wheel instruction by a licensed / certified Driver Education Instructor.   (CSM offers four -  1½  hr sessions.)


In the event of inclement weather, please call our emergency closing number 1-800-650-4023.

TRA-9500 "Alive at 25" Defensive Driving


Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for young adults ages 16-24. Out of 60,000 Colorado students who completed the Alive at 25 program, the program reduced deaths from crashes by 97%! Alive at 25 is a highly interactive behavior modification program delivered by law enforcement personnel. Through interaction and role play, students are persuaded to take responsibility for their actions, adopt safe practices, and focus on healthy decision making and to form their own conclusions about the consequences of risky driving behaviors. Alcohol, distractions, peer pressure, speed factor and more are discussed. Students MUST be ON-TIME!

TRA-9400 Driver Improvement Program

The Driver Improvement Program (DIP) is required by Maryland Law for individuals who have a suspended or revoked driver’s license. DIP may also be required for certain violations cited under a provisional license. Individuals participate in the Driver Improvement program through referral by courts or an administrative law judge. 

Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Pass the Driver Improvement program with a score of 80% or better
  • Recognize the types of violations that could result in suspension of driving privileges and how to avoid them
  • Practice safer driving habits and understand that it is their responsibility to take the initiative for learning and obeying all motor vehicle laws

Class participation requirements:

  1. Bring your MVA requirement letter with you to the class.
  2. Must bring photo I.D.
  3. Be on time. Class starts promptly at 9:00am. 

Please register at least 2 days before the class starts.

For more information, contact 301-934-7870 or 301-884-8131, ext 7870.


TRA-9610 Driver Education Instructor Certified Instruction - Classroom

Have you ever thought about a career as a driver education instructor? Become Maryland state licensed and certified as a driver education instructor. Topics include professional standards and expectations for instructors, the Maryland Standardized Curriculum, effective and creative teaching techniques for the classroom and required forms.

For more information on becoming a Certified Drivers Education Instructor, call 301-934-7879.

TRA-9700 National Safety Council Certified Defensive Driving Program

The National Safety Council Defensive Driving Program is an interactive instructor-led program that provides drivers with knowledge and safe driving techniques to prevent collisions and violations. The program focuses on collision prevention through hazard recognition and the application of collision-avoidance techniques. In addition, the course addresses common driving violations that result in collisions and how to change driving habits to eliminate moving violations. The emphasis is on identifying and choosing safe and legal behind-the-wheel behaviors and actions.


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