How to obtain a Michigan's Driver's License
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Segment 1 Expectations
Segment 1 requires 24 hours of classroom instruction. 6 hours of drive time. 4 hours of behind-the-wheel observation in a training vehicle. Student must pass the 80 question state exam with a minimum passing score of 70%.
After completion of this course, the student will apply for their Graduated Drivers License 1 (GDL 1) from the Secretary of state. Once obtained, the student must accumulate 30 hours of drive time with their driving coach or parent (28 hours of day time. 2 hours of night time) to qualify for Segment 2.
Students will be allowed 3 attempts to take the state exam during the current class session. If the student does not successfully pass by the 3rd attempt, the student must retake the course, at cost.
Segment 2 Expectations
Segment 2 is a 3-day course. 6 hours of class time. There is no driving requirement for this course. The student must attend ALL 3 days. The student must pass a 20 question state exam.
Michigan's Graduated Driver Licensing
The Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) consists of three licensing levels:
Level 1 License - a supervised learner's license issued to teen drivers at least 14 years 9 months old.
Level 2 License - an intermediate license that limits passengers and the unsupervised nighttime driving for teen drivers at least 16 years old.
Level 3 License - a full-privilege driver license issued to teen drivers at least 17 years old after they have successfully completed all the previous instructional and driving requirements.
Road Testing Requirements
To become eligible to take the road test, the student must have successfully completed Segment 2. Students must wait an additional 90 days. During this time, the student will accumulate an additional 20 hours of drive time. 12 hours of day time driving and 8 hours of night time driving). Upon completion of Segment 2, the parent/legal guardian will schedule an appointment with a Road Testing Agency.
New Drivers: Probationary Period
A violation of the Level 2 restrictions under the Graduated Driver Licensing program is a civil infraction and will result in two points on the teen's license. A notice of the civil infraction will be sent to designated parent or legal guardian. In addition, the period the teen must have a Level 2 license will be extended for 12 months. The teen will be required to appear for a driver reexamination with possible license suspension and/or additional restrictions imposed.