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Practice Driving in Michigan

Required practice time varies by age and whether you have a Level 1 License or a Temporary Instruction Permit (TIP). If you are teen driver working your way through the Graduated License System, you must complete Driver Education Segment 2. Otherwise for those who are 18 years old and older, skip down to the section on practicing with a TIP.

Complete Driver Training―Minors

A) Begin Supervised Driving Practice

If you are younger than 18 years old, you must clock 50 hours of behind-the-wheel training, including 10 hours of night driving. Any time you practice driving you must have your Level 1 License with you as well as your parent or a designated licensed adult who is at least 21 years old.
To keep track of these hours, see Appendix A of the Michigan Driving Skills Test Study Guide for the Student Driving Experience Log.

B) Complete Driver Education Segment 2

Teens must finish Segment 2 with an approved public or private driver education program. During Segment 2, you also have to take a driving skills exam. Once you pass this portion of drivers ed, you’ll receive a Segment 2 completion certificate that you’ll hand over to a driving skills test examiner when you apply for a Level 2 license.

C) Wrap up Behind-the-Wheel Practice Hours

After completing your drivers ed course, finish any remaining supervised driving practice hours to meet the requirement for 50 hours of practice driving (including 10 hours driven at night).

Practice Driving with Your TIP―18 Years Old and Older

A new driver, 18 years old or older, must practice driving with a licensed adult for at least 30 days before taking your driving skills test. The state doesn’t require you to complete a set number of hours, but you should clock enough time behind the wheel until you feel confident you can pass the road test.

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