Michigan SOS Practice Tests

A Michigan driver's license is a privilege, not a right. Earn it by practicing for the written exam. The Michigan new-to-state driver’s license test, or the Michigan driver's license renewal practice test, can help you earn that privilege.

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Your Michigan SOS Handbooks

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Michigan Driver's License Resources

Whether you’re getting ready to take your learner’s permit written test for the first time, studying to get a motorcycle endorsement so you can ride your new bike, or preparing for your CDL exam to drive a commercial vehicle, we’ve gathered a wealth of resources and knowledge to help you obtain your driving credentials.

All Drivers

If you’re renewing a license that has been expired for longer than a year, or if you’re applying for reinstatement after a suspension, you may have to retake the written exam in order to obtain your license.

Free Practice Tests

Driver's License practice tests
Learner's Permit practice tests
Motorcycle Endorsement practice tests
CDL practice tests
Road Signs and Signals practice tests

Resources for all drivers

Read the official Michigan driver’s manual
Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license renewal test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Read our driving safety articles

Michigan SoS quick links for all drivers

Michigan SoS home page
Renew online
Renewal information
SoS locations
License fees
Identification requirements

New & Teen Drivers

In Michigan, you must be at least 14 years, 9 months of age and successfully complete Segment 1 of an approved driver education program to apply for a Level 1 Learner’s License. You must be at least 16 years of age, have held a Level 1 Learner’s License for at least six months, complete Segment 2 of an approved driver education program, and pass a driving skills test to apply for a Level 2 Intermediate License. You must be at least 17 years old and have held a Level 2 License for at least six months to apply for a Full License. If you are 18 years of age or older, you must pass a vision, road sign, and written knowledge test to apply for a Temporary Instruction Permit (TIP); after 30 days of practice with a TIP and successful completion of a driving skills test, you may apply for a Full License.

Resources for new & teen drivers

Read the official Michigan driver’s manual
Take one of our free learner’s permit practice tests
Check out our new & teen driver frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a learner’s permit test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

Michigan SoS quick links for new & teen drivers

Obtaining a driver's license (over 18, never licensed)
Temporary instruction permit information
Graduated license information
Learner's license information
Road test & knowledge test information
Driving skills testing locator
Applicant checklist

New-to-State Drivers

Michigan residents with valid out-of-state driver licenses must exchange it for a Michigan driver license immediately upon establishing residency in the state; there is no grace period provided by Michigan law.

Resources for new-to-state drivers

Read the official Michigan driver’s manual
Take one of our free driver’s license practice tests
Check out our new-to-state frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a new-to-state driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

Michigan SoS quick links for new-to-state drivers

New Michigan residents FAQ

Motorcycles

In Michigan, you must have a valid driver’s license with a motorcycle (CY) endorsement in order to legally ride a motorcycle. If you are under 18 years of age, you are required to present a motorcycle safety course completion certificate and pass a written test to apply for a CY endorsement. If you are 18 years of age or older, you may present a motorcycle safety course completion certificate and pass a written test OR pass a written test, receive a Temporary Instruction Permit, and pass a skills test to apply for a CY endorsement.

Resources for motorcyclists

Read the official Michigan motorcycle manual
Take one of our free motorcycle license practice tests
Check out our motorcycle license frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a motorcycle license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
New-to-state motorcycle insurance

Michigan SoS quick links for motorcycles

How to get a motorcycle license
Motorcyclist information
Motorcycle rider skills test information
Motorcyclist training site locator
Michigan Rider Education Program FAQ

CDL

In Michigan, you must be at least 18 years of age, pass a knowledge test and obtain a Commercial Learner’s Permit, hold a CLP for 14 days, and pass a CDL skills test to apply for a Commercial Driver License. If you are under 21 years of age, you may only drive within the state.

Resources for CDL

Read the official Michigan CDL manual
Take one of our free CDL practice tests
Buy a CDL test paid cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy CDL insurance

Michigan SoS quick links for CDL

CDL information
CDL renewal information
CDL testing information
CDL driving skills testing locator
CDL FAQ

Michigan SOS Driving Test Info

Who has to take the written test?

Anyone who is getting their driver's license for the first time must pass the written test. Teens can take the test if they are at least 16 years old and have completed all of the requirements of the graduated licensing system, and obtained parental consent if under 18.

Do I have to Take the written test to Renewing my Drivers License?

You do not have to retake the written test when you renew your license unless it has been expired for more than 4 years.

If you're new to state are you required to take the written test?

If you hold a valid driver's license from another state, or a license that has not been expired for more than 1 year, then you are not required to take either part (written or on-road) of the driver's examination.

Who has to take the on-road driving test?

Anyone who is getting their driver's license for the first time must pass both the written and driving tests. Additionally, you will also be required to re-pass both tests if your driver's license has been expired for over 4 years and you want to renew it.

How many questions are on the written test?

There are 50 questions on the test.

How many questions must you get right?

You must answer at least 40 questions correctly in order to pass.

If you fail when can you retake the test?

You can retake the test again in 1 day.

How many times can you retake the test?

There is no limit on the number of times you can retake the written test.

Michigan SOS Motorcycle Permit Test Info

What are the Motorcycle Permit age limits?

You must hold a valid Michigan driver's license before you can take the test to receive the motorcycle endorsement. If you are under 18 years of age you must also have parental consent.

How many questions are on the test?

There are 30 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 24 questions correctly in order to pass.

Michigan SOS Motorcyle Permit Resctictions

You cannot drive on highways, drive during hours of darkness, or carry any passengers.

Do you need to take an on-road motorcycle riding test?

vYes, you are required to pass a practical on-road motorcycle skill test in order to get your motorcycle license.

Are there any other state specific age requirements or restrictions for motorcycles?

Any driver who is younger than 18 is required to complete the Michigan Motorcycle Safety Program prior to applying for a motorcycle endorsement. Additionally, driver's over 18 who have failed the on-road portion of the test twice are also required to take the safety training course.

What is Michigan Helmet Law?

Any operator or passenger of a motorcycle who is under 21 is required to wear a protective helmet meeting state-approved safety standards at all times while operating or riding on the motorcycle. Additionally, riders who are over 21 must have 2 years riding experience, possess an insurance plan that provides at least $20,000 in medical coverage, and have successfully complete a motorcycle safety course in order to legally ride without a helmet.


Michigan Watercraft Written Safety Test Info

Boaters of a certain age in Michigan are required to have a Boating Safety Certificate and must complete the Michigan boating safety course and pass an exam approved by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in order to receive one. Boaters can choose between a Boating Safety Class given by the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 18 or the Michigan and NASBLA approved About Boating Safety Class. Additionally, boaters also have the option of taking either online safety course offered by Boat-Ed.com or BoaterExam.com.

Who has to take the test?

All boaters born after December 31, 1978 must have Boating Safety Certificate in order to operate a personal watercraft on Michigan waterways. (Note: the Boating Safety Certificate is only required for personal watercraft, e.g. jet skis, and not for any other type of vessel.)

How many questions are on the test?

Michigan Boating Safety Classes may vary from county to county; you can find a list of all available courses organized by county on the DNR website which you may use to contact the instructor of a course near you for more specific information regarding testing requirements.

The online safety courses generally have 60 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 70% (42 questions) correctly on the online test in order to pass.