This Step: Get a Drivers License
Get a Drivers License in Michigan
For teens 15 and older to graduate from a Level 1 learner’s license to a level 2 intermediate license, and for those 18 and older to obtain a full license, you must pass a driving skills test with an approved independent third-party tester.
A) Ensure You’re Eligible to Take the Road Test
Before test day, review the Michigan Driving Skills Test Study Guide and make sure you have the following requirements in line.
Teens 15 to Younger than 18
Before you can take the road skills test make sure you:
- Have completed Segment 1 of an approved driver education course
- Have held a Michigan Level 1 license for at least 180 days before test day
- Have completed Segment 2 of an approved public or private driver education program
- Can verify you logged a minimum of 50 hours of practice driving (including 10 nighttime hours) under proper supervision; see Appendix A of the Driving Skills Test Study Guide to obtain your Student Driving Experience Log
- Have no convictions, civil infractions, license suspensions or at-
fault crashes during the 90-day period immediately preceding your driving skills test and Level 2 application
Teens 18 and Older
Before you can take the road skills test you must have:
- Already passed the vision and knowledge (written) tests at an MI Secretary of State office
- Paid the required fees to obtain your Michigan temporary instruction permit (TIP)
- Practiced driving on your TIP for at least 30 days
B) Make a Road Test Appointment at the MD MVA
The driving skills test is only provided by a privatized, third-party testing program. Look online for public and private organizations authorized by the MI Department of State to conduct road tests. Keep in mind that the state doesn’t regulate third-party testing fees. Consider asking about initial and retest fees, refunds, etc. before booking an appointment.
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C) Gather Required Documents
Ensure you have the following in line for test day:
- Your valid Michigan Level 1 license (minors) or temporary instruction permit (18 and older)
- Segment 2 drivers ed completion certificate (if you are younger than 18)
- Certification statement verifying that you completed at least 50 hours of supervised driving (10 at night) signed by your parent or legal guardian*
- Proof of valid auto insurance, current vehicle registration and valid license plates for the test vehicle you provide; the vehicle must be in safe working order
*Your parent or legal guardian can sign the statement on your driving skills test score sheet when you take your exam. If this person can’t make it to your driving skills test, use the certification statement in Appendix A of the Michigan Driving Skills Test Study Guide. Get it signed and submit the statement to the third-party examiner.
D) Take the Road Test
With your required documents and fees in hand, head to your appointment five minutes early. Teens younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian (or an adult appointed by your parent or legal guardian).
The test consists of three segments you must pass in the following sequence: vehicle familiarization and safety inspection (not scored), a basic control skills test and an on-road driving test. After you complete the road test, the examiner will give you feedback on your driving performance.
Road Test Retakes
If you don’t pass the road test, you have the option to retest. You can try once every 24-hour period, unless you failed because of faulty equipment or documents.
E) Get Your Full Michigan Driver's License
Once you pass the driving skills test, you’ll receive a skills test certificate that you and the examiner must sign. This is not a license. Take your certificate to a Secretary of State office to get your full driving privileges and a shiny new license.