First, you sign up to take Segment 1 of Drivers Training. This is a 3 week class where you learn about the basics of driving, physically drive 6 different times with your driving instructor, and observe a driver for 4 hours. To be eligible to take this class, you need to be at least 14 years and 8 months old. If you pass the written exam at the end of the class, you receive your Certificate of Completion for Segment 1. With that, you go to the Secretary of State office to get your level 1 license, also known as your learner’s permit. You will need to bring proof of identification: social security number, birth certificate, and Michigan residency. On your level 1 license, you may only drive with a parent or designated licensed adult that is 21 or older. With this license, you do not have a time restriction because you will always be with your parent or an adult. When driving on your permit, you will need to log your driving hours, the miles driven, and the date on which you drove.
The next step is to take Segment 2 of Drivers Training. This is a 3 day course to learn statistics to prepare you for the State Test, which you will take in class on the last day. To be eligible to take this class, you need to have 30 hours of behind-the-wheel practice, 2 of those hours need to be during the night. You also need to have held your level 1 license for 3 consecutive months before taking this course. To class you need to bring a photocopy of your permit and your driving log. If you pass the exam at the end, you will receive a Certificate of Completion for Segment 2. However, to take the next step, you need to have driven 50 hours total, 10 of them being night driving. Once you have achieved that, you will set up your road test. You need to have your level 1 license for a minimum of 6 months and 50+ hours of driving.
Next, you take your road test. The big day you’ve all been waiting for!!! For your road test, you will need to have: the car you’ve been practicing with, a parent or legal guardian, your level 1 license, your Certificate of Completion for Segment 2, proof of valid insurance, current vehicle registration, and have a valid license plate for the vehicle. If you pass, you will receive a certificate for passing which you can bring to the Secretary of State to get your level 2 license. Your level 2 license has certain restrictions, but you are allowed to drive on your own for the first time!
After you have your level 2 license for a year, you will receive your level 3 license in the mail, if you are accident and point free. Your level 3 license is your final license and concludes the Graduated Licensing System!