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What are the requirements to apply for my driving permit?

The State of Michigan has a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program and the following requirements must be met when applying for a license or permit:

Level 1 license
• You must be at least 14 years and nine months old.
• You must successfully pass the Segment 1 Driver Education course.
• You must pass the written test that is part of the education course.
• You must successfully pass a vision test.
• You must answer some general health questions.
• You must have a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult sign the application.

The learner’s license is free and valid for a period of 180 days.

Level 2 Intermediate License
• You must have a Level 1 Lerner’s License.
• You must successfully pass the Segment 2 Driver Education course.
• You must have a Road Skill endorsement.
• You must have a parent, legal guardian or another adult sign the application certifying that you have logged at least 50 hours of practice driving.
• You must pay the $25 driver’s license application fee.

Temporary Instruction Permit (TIP)
Michigan has a temporary instruction permit for people who fall into one of the following categories:

• You have never completed a Graduated Driver’s License Program.
• Your United States issued driver’s license has been expired for at least four years.
• You have an expired license issued by a foreign country.
• You have never had a license before.

This type of permit will allow you to practice driving with a licensed adult driver. You must hold a TIP for a minimum of 30 days before applying for a driver’s license. The TIP expires 180 days from the date it was issued.

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