15Jun 2015

Michigan Learner’s Permit

Michigan has implemented a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program in an effort to reduce the number of accidents that teen drivers are involved in. Under the GDL, teenage driver are required to achieve certain milestone before they can get a Full Michigan Driver’s License. The first milestone is obtaining a Level 1 Michigan learner’s permit from the Secretary of State (SOS).

Level 1 Michigan Learner’s Permit

You must be at least 14 years and 9 months to apply for a learner’s license and your parent must accompany you to the SOS office with the following documents:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of Social Security Number
  • Proof of Michigan residency
  • Segment 1 Driver’s Ed completion certificate.

You will be exempted from taking an operator license test if you are a Michigan resident and have completed segment 1 of your driver’s education. However if you are a new Michigan resident with an out-of-state driver’s education certificate, you will still be required to take the original operator license test.

With your Level 1 Michigan Learner’s Permit you are only allowed to drive under the supervision of a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old.

Level 2 Intermediate License

For you to apply for a Level 2 Intermediate License you must be at least 16 years old, have had your learner’s permit for more than 6 months and have completed Segment 2 of Driver’s Ed.

Schedule an appointment for your driving test with the Michigan SOS; you will need to provide your examiner with the following: Your level 1 Lerner’s license, proof of segment 2 certificate of completion and Proof of completion of the required 50 hours of behind-the-wheel practice, with at least 10 hours being at night.

During the DMV road test you will be tested on your on-road examination in traffic, as well as basic control skills. After passing the test, visit your local SOS office with the following documents: proper identification documents, your Driver Skills Test certificate, proof of Social Security number, proof of Michigan residency and payment for the $25 license fee

Just like with your level 1 license, you will need to provide proof of your parents’ consent. You will need to have your level 2 license for more than 6 months before applying for a Full Michigan Driver’s License.

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