Before you can drive independently in the state of Michigan, you will need to obtain a driving license. Michigan, much like the other states in America, issues driving permits to help young drivers become familiar with road etiquette and driving practices. A driving permit is the authority to drive with certain restrictions while you are still a driver in learning.
In order to apply for a Michigan driving permit you must fulfill certain basic criteria. You must be at least 14 years and nine months of age, and have completed the Segment 1 driving course which offers basic training in driving and vehicle maintenance. You cannot apply for a driving permit if you have not completed this test. Your application is going to be processed by the Secretary of State’s branch office, where you will have to go along with proper documentation. This includes proof of identification, your Social Security number, your course completion certificate and proof that you have no visual impairment. You will also need a legal guardian or parent to accompany you and sign on all documents. You will receive a Level 1 learning license, which is the first Michigan driving permit issued to young drivers. This permit is valid for 180 days, during which you are expected to complete 30 hours of driving under various conditions, in the supervision of an adult with a valid driver’s license.
The hours you complete are a pre-requisite for the second Michigan driving permit issued, which is the Level 2 Intermediate License. In order to apply for this permit you are also required to have completed the Segment 2 driving course. You will be required to take a road test to demonstrate your skills at driving and vehicle maintenance. Along with clearing this test, you will have to carry your Level 1 learner’s license, proof of completion of the Segment 2 driving course, and signatures of a parent or guardian on an application stating you have completed at least 50 hours of driving practice.
With your Level 2 license, you will gain more freedom as a driver and be able to drive unsupervised for more hours. You can use this license to develop your driving skills until you are confident and of age to apply for a driver’s license.