Driver Education

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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.    

COVID-19 Notice

During the Maryland State of Emergency, the College of Southern Maryland will continue to provide the very best in Driver Education via the MDOT/MVA approved online classes. 

  • Receive 30 hours of required classroom instruction virtually via Zoom and myLearning in the safety of home.
  • CSM has resumed behind the wheel training. We are contacting students to schedule their training in order of their original class date. Students who have been waiting the longest will be contacted first. Once we have delivered behind the wheel training to all students who are pending completion, we will open additional classes. 

Current Classes

This course is offered in cooperation with the Motor Vehicle Administration and is intended for persons wishing to complete the classroom instructional requirement for becoming a licensed Maryland driver. Classroom meets the 30-hour classroom requirement portion of the Maryland Driver Education program. Classroom instruction includes student and parent/guardian orientation, discussion of speed and space management, basic maneuvering, reducing risk and personal factors influencing operator performance and collision avoidance. Each lecture is led by a certified Driver Education Instructor  

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Browse by Course Number: Search for TRA-9250


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

This course is offered in cooperation with the Motor Vehicle Administration and is intended for persons wishing to complete their behind-the-wheel instructional requirements for becoming a licensed Maryland driver. Students will practice various aspects of safety while operating an automobile with a certified driver education instructor at the La Plata or Leonardtown campus.

NOTE: CSM has resumed behind the wheel training. This class is currently granted petition. Students who have completed TRA-9250 will be invited to register in the order by which they have completed with permission to register and a link to registration.

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. 

ATTENTION DRIVERS AGES 25 OR LESS (AND THEIR PARENTS)  Alive at 25 is both a defensive driving course and an approved Maryland MVA Driver Improvement Program course for those drivers under age 25.  Every hour, about 30 teens are injured in motor vehicle crashes involving an inexperienced driver. Each day, seven will die in those collisions.   Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young adults, and the numbers are climbing. Teen drivers are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash. Teen Crashes Are Preventable. Inexperience, coupled with risk-taking behavior, means a heightened crash risk for teens. While driver education and graduated driving licensing systems are effective, teens need additional training and guidance to change risky behaviors and improve decision-making skills.  Alive at 25® is a highly interactive program, most often taught by law enforcement personnel that are also crash reconstructionists, EVOC instructors, traffic safety specialists and School Resource Officers.  They know why crashes happen and want to prevent them.  They teach young adults why making safe and legal driving decisions matter. Designed for drivers under age 25, the program complements national driver education programs, which focus on laws and vehicle handling. It teaches young drivers how to take control of situations by taking personal responsibility for their own actions, attitudes and driving behaviors.  Virtual Students MUST complete paperwork emailed by CSM and have prepared to be online with technology setup 15 minutes prior to class start! All students, regardless of virtual or in-person must be in class on time.

Browse by Course Number: Search for TRA-9500

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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Browse by Course Number: Search for TRA-9700

CSM offers the required training necessary to become a licensed Driver Education Instructor in Maryland through the Motor Vehicle Administration as well as classes for those already licensed.

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