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What do I need before I can get my permit?

Before applying for a learner’s permit, you should study the Michigan Driver Handbook entitled, “What Every Driver Must Know”, which contains information about how to safely operate a vehicle on Michigan roads. Some of the topics covered include the following:

• Chapter 1—Michigan Driver’s License Information
• Chapter 2—Voter Registration, Organ Donation and State Identification Cards
• Chapter 3—Your Michigan Driving Record
• Chapter 4—Losing Your Privilege to Drive
• Chapter 5—Substance Abuse and Driving
• Chapter 6—Safety Belts, Safety Seats and Air Bags
• Chapter 7—Signs, Pavement Markings and Signals
• Chapter 8—Basic Skills, Law and Safety
• Chapter 9—Sharing the Road Safely and Being Courteous
• Chapter 10—Emergencies and Special Situations
• Chapter 11—Snowmobiles, Off-Road Vehicles and Watercraft
• Chapter 12—Titles, Insurance, Registrations and License Plates
• Chapter 13—Disabilities and Parking

The manual can be found at any Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) branch office or on the SOS website.

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