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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Applying For Your MI License
  • Preparing For Your MI Permit Test
  • Taking Your MI Permit Test
  • Preparing For Your MI Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Taking Your MI Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • After You Have Passed The MI Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Renewing Your MI Driver's License
  • What If You're Moving To MI Or Just Visiting
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Applying For Your MI License
When am I eligible to apply for my MI license?
In MI, the minimum age requirement to begin the licensing process is 14 years and 9 months old.
What documents do I need to take with me when I apply for my MI license?
You will need to bring with your proof of your identity, your U.S. citizenship, proof of your residency in Michigan and your Social Security Number. If you are younger than 18 years of age, you will need to also submit a green Michigan Department of State Segment 1 Certificate of Completion.
Where should I go to apply for my MI license?
To apply for your MI license you should visit your nearest Secretary of State office. You can find a list of available locations by visiting this website: http://services.sos.state.mi.us/servicelocator/branchofficelocator.aspx
Is there any way to contact the MI Secretary of State Office ?
Yes. You can contact your nearest SOS office by phone. Visit this website for a a list of available locations, hours and phone numbers: http://services.sos.state.mi.us/servicelocator/branchofficelocator.aspx
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my MI permit test if I am under 18?
If you are under 18, your legal guardian or parent should accompany you.
Do I need to my eyes checked before I can obtain a MI Driver's license?
Yes. You do have to complete a vision test in order to get your MI license.
Where do I take my MI Driver's License photo?
You must take your MI Driver's license at the Secretary of State Office once you have passed the MI Driver's Exam. When you take your photo, you should make sure that you wear what you would wear normally. It's extremely important that your face is clearly shown and recognizable. Look straight at the camera and do not smile, as a resting face is easier to identify.
Preparing For Your MI Permit Test
What should I use to study for my MI Permit Test?
The best way to study for the MI Permit Test is to read the entire Michigan Driver's Manual. Additionally, you can find quiz questions on our website that can act as a supplement to the MI Driver's Manual.
Do I have to enroll into a Driver's Ed. Class if I am under 18?
If you are under 18, you will have t take Segment 1 and Segment 2 of a state approved driver's education course.
Where can I find a copy of the MI Driver's Manual?
You can download a copy of the MI Driver's Manual by visiting this website: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1642-103522--,00.html
Are there any chapters of the MI Driver's Manual that I can skip?
To have the best chance of passing your MI Permit Test, you should read the entire Manual. The Permit Test will test your knowledge of traffic safety laws, traffic signs and many more topics that are covered in the MI Driver's Manual.
How many questions do I have to answer correctly on the MI Permit Test to pass?
There are 50 questions on the MI Permit Test. You must answer 40 of those 50 multiple choice questions correctly in order to pass.
Where can I go to take my MI Permit Test?
You will need to take your MI Permit Test at a Secretary of State Office. You can find a list of available locations by visiting this website: http://services.sos.state.mi.us/servicelocator/branchofficelocator.aspx
Is there anything I should do the night before my MI Permit Test?
Don't cram the night before your exam. Instead, you should review the notes and information you have already studied. If you've done a thorough job studying, the night before should be a quiet review session. It's also a good idea to take a few practice questions on our website. Get a good night's rest as well.
What should I do when I am ready to take my MI Permit Test?
Once you have studied thoroughly for your MI Permit Test, you will gather the necessary documents (proof of your identity, proof of your MI residency and your U.S. Citizenship, your Social Security Number and, if you are under 18, a green Michigan Department of State Segment 1 Certificate of Completion) and visit your local SOS office to take your MI Permit Test. Remember if you are under 18, your parent or legal guardian should accompany you.
Taking Your MI Permit Test
What documents do I need to bring with me when I take my MI Permit Test?
You will need to bring with your proof of your identity, your U.S. citizenship, proof of your residency in Michigan and your Social Security Number. If you are younger than 18 years of age, you will need to also submit a green Michigan Department of State Segment 1 Certificate of Completion.
Where do I take my MI Permit Test when I am ready?
You should take your MI Permit Test at the Secretarty of State Office. You can find a list of available locations near you by visiting this website: http://services.sos.state.mi.us/servicelocator/branchofficelocator.aspx
How much does the MI Permit Test cost?
To take the MI Permit Test, you must pay a $25 fee.
Who do I need to bring with me when I go to take my MI Permit test?
If you are under 18, your legal guardian or parent should accompany you.
What do I need to know to pass my MI Permit Test?
To give yourself the best chance of passing your MI Permit Test you should study all chapters and sections of the MI Driver's Manual. The exam will test your knowledge of speed limits, pavement markings, traffic signs, safety rules and more basic rules of the road.
How many questions do I have to answer correctly on the MI Permit Test to pass?
There are 50 questions on the MI Permit Test. You must answer 40 of those 50 multiple choice questions correctly in order to pass.
Is the MI Permit Test open book?
No. You are not allowed to use your MI Driver's Manual or any other study materials while you take your MI Permit Test.
Do I have to take a drug test to be able to take my MI Permit Test?
No. You do not have to take or pass a drug test to be able to apply or receive an MI Driver's License.
What happens if I fail my MI Permit Test?
If you fail your Permit's Test, you will be able to take it again as early as the next day. But do not rush retaking the MI Permit Test if you fail. Really study thoroughly before you attempt to retake the MI Permit Test.
What happens after I pass my MI Permit Test?
After you pass your MI Permit Test, you will need to maintain your permit for 6 months, at minimum. If you are under 18, during this time, you will need to complete Segment 2 of your Driver's Educaiton course, and you will need to complete fifty hours of behind-the-wheel training. If you are 18 years old or older, you will need to maintain your instruction permit for thirty days before you are eligible to take the MI Driving Exam.
Preparing For Your MI Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
How should I practice driving for my MI Driving Exam?
Before your MI Driving Exam, you should practice and develop a number of safe driving skills. You should feel comfortable accelerating smoothly and gradually, passing through intersections safely, changing lanes effective, coming to a complete stop at stop signs and traffic signals, parking and parallel parking, maintaining the speed limit, staying in the correct lane and more. Remember during your exam, your primary responsibility is to demonstrate to your examiner that you know how to drive safely and effectively.
Where can I practice driving for my MI Driving Exam?
Anywhere in Michigan as long as you are accompanied by a licensed driver, who is 21 years old or older, whenever you are behind the wheel. You should begin practicing in familiar areas then progress to different areas that will test your driving knowledge and your adaptability to different driving situations.
Where do I take my MI Driving Exam?
You will take your MI Driving Exam at a state approved third party organization. You can find a list of possibe locations by visting this website: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1640_14837_52825-209557--,00.html
Should I schedule my MI Driving Exam?
Absolutely. You should schedule your road test appointment.
What should I expect on my MI Driving Exam?
You should expect to be able to demonstrate your ability to drive safely. You will need to show that you know how to make turns effectively, to drive in residential and urban areas safely, to stop at intersections and other basic driving skills.
Is there anything I should do the night before my MI Driving Exam?
The night before your MI Driving Exam, you should practice driving with a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. You should make sure you get a good night's rest.
Do I need to know how to parallel park for my MI Driving Exam?
Yes. You will need to know how to parallel park.
Do I need to supply my own car for my MI Driving Exam?
Yes. You must supply a vehicle for your MI Driving Exam that is in good working condition. The vehicle must also be properly registered and insured.
Taking Your MI Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
Does anyone need to accompany me to my MI Driving Exam?
If you are under 18, a parent or legal guardian should accompany you to your exam. If your parent or legal guardian is unable, another licensed driver may be able to bring you if your parent gives written permission for that person to do so.
Are there any tips that I should follow to help me pass my MI Driving Exam?
Your examiner wants to see that you are capable of driving safely and effectively. During your MI Driving Exam, you want to make sure that you are not driving too quickly or too slowly; you want to accelerate smoothly and gradually, and you should keep your hands on the wheel at all times. Obey all stop signs and traffic signals, do not tailgate other vehicles and stay in the correct lane. You do not want to slam your brakes suddenly.
Are there any common mistakes that I should avoid making?
You should avoid driving dangerously, driving too quickly, hitting other objects, forgetting to signal, rolling stops, parking incorrectly and not listening to your examiner. Always maintain good posture and signal well in advance.
What is the MI Driving Exam like?
The exam is split into two parts: a basic controls skills test and an on-road driving test.
Am I allowed to wear my contacts or glasses?
Yes. If you wear contacts or glasses regularly to be able to see, you should most definitely wear your contacts or glasses for your MI Driving Exam.
Who is allowed to be in the car with me during my MI Driving Exam?
In Michigan, only yourself and the examiner are allowed in the vehicle during your MI Driving Exam. A language interpreter may also be in the vehicle during your exam if an interpreter is needed.
What happens if I fail my MI Driving Exam?
If you fail your MI Driving Exam, you will be able to retake the MI Driving Exam in twenty-four hours. But do not rush retaking your exam. Pay attention to what your examiner identifies as your weaknesses and work upon improving your driving skills.
After You Have Passed The MI Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
What happens after I pass my MI Driving Exam?
Once you have passed your MI Driving Exam, you will receive a skill test certificate. You will need to take that certificate to the Secretary of State's office to finalize this process.
If I am under 18 will there be any limitations on my license?
If you are under 18, you will not be able to drive between 10 PM and 5 AM. Additionally, only one non-family member passenger under the age of 21 is allowed in the car with you.
Are there any limitations on my license if I am older than 18 years old or older?
No. There are restrictions on your license if you are older than 18.
Do I need to get car insurance?
Yes. You must carry no-fault car insurance.
What documents do I need to apply for MI car insurance?
The documents that you will need vary depending on the insurance company to which you apply. Generally, insurance companies want you to submit proof of your identity, your driving record and information about the vehicle you would like to insure.
How much does MI car insurance cost?
The price varies depending on your age, your driving history, your car class, your location and other factors.
Why is car insurance more expensive for new drivers in MI?
New drivers and inexperienced drivers (especially teens) have a higher risk of being in an accident, insurance companies often charge more to cover them.
Renewing Your MI Driver's License
How do I renew my MI Driver's license once it has expired?
You are able to renew your MI Driver's License in person, by mail every 4 years or online by visiting this website: https://onlineservices.michigan.gov/ExpressSOS/LandingPage/LandingPage/?...
Do I have to complete another vision test before I can renew my MI Driver's License?
Yes. You will have to complete another vision test when you renew your MI License in person.
Will I have to retake the MI Written Test when I renew my MI License?
No. You will not.
What If You're Moving To MI Or Just Visiting
Do I have to pass the MI road test when I move to MI from another state?
No. You will not have to complete the MI Road Test, but you will need to replace your out-of-state license with a MI Driver's License.
Is my out-of-state learner's permit valid in MI?
Yes. MI will recognize valid out-of-state permits as long as they are valid, and the driver is older than 16. You will also need to follow MI laws and ensure that you are always accompanied by a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older when you are driving.
How long can I drive in MI with my out-of-state license?
As long as you do not become a MI resident, you are allowed to drive with a valid out-of-state license for as long as you like.
Am I allowed to drive in MI with my out-of-country license?
You are allowed to drive in Michigan with your out-of-country license for as long as it is valid. Question Category