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Get a Learner Permit in Michigan

Level 1 License―Minors

MI Get a Learner Permit

Teens who are at least 14 years 9 months old can apply for a Level 1 License by taking the following steps.

A) Gather Required Documents

B)Apply for a Level 1 Learner License

Although there is no fee to obtain a Michigan Level 1 Learner license, you must pass a vision exam and meet certain health standards. Look online for a nearby Secretary of State office to apply.

Get a Temporary Instruction Permit―18 and Older

Applicants 18 and older who haven’t been previously licensed, must obtain temporary instruction permit (TIP) to begin legally practicing behind the wheel. This includes passing vision and written knowledge tests.

A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Permit Tests

Prepare for the written exam by taking multiple online practice permit tests before heading to a nearby Michigan branch. Sample test questions cover topics you’ll find on the actual MI learner’s permit exam.

In addition to passing some practice tests, thoroughly study the Michigan Driver’s Manual until you feel prepared enough to breeze through the actual state test.

B) Gather Required Documents

Before heading to a nearby Michigan Secretary of State office, be sure you can provide documentation of:

C) Take the Michigan Permit Test

With the above requirements in hand, go to a Michigan Department of State branch office to take your vision and written tests. In some cases, you might even be required to take a road signs test. Once you pass, you’ll receive a temporary instruction permit (TIP) valid for up to 180 days.

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