✅ Updated September 2020

Ultimate guide to getting your driver's license in Michigan

Here's the ultimate guide to getting your driver license at the Michigan DMV. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

What You’ll Need to Get your Michigan Driver's License

  • Proof of identity, Social Security number, legal presence in U.S., and residency in Michigan
  • Temporary Instruction Permit
  • Road skills test certificate
  • $25 for Temporary Instruction Permit fee

 

What You’ll Do to Get your Michigan Driver's License

  • Step 1: Read the Michigan Driver Manual and take online practice exams to prepare for the written test
  • Step 2: Visit your nearest SOS office to apply for your Temporary Instruction Permit
    • Submit the required documents & ID
    • Pass the written test
    • Pass the road signs test
    • Pass the vision test
    • Submit payment
    • Receive your Temporary Instruction Permit
  • Step 3: Practice driving under the supervision of a licensed adult driver for at least 30 days
  • Step 4: Schedule your road skills test with a third-party testing provider
  • Step 5: Visit the testing provider’s location on the day of the test
    • Pass the road skills test
    • Submit payment
    • Obtain a certificate
  • Step 6: Visit your nearest SOS office to apply for your Class O driver’s license
    • Submit the required documents & ID
    • Receive a temporary driver’s license
  • Step 7: Receive your Class O driver’s license via U.S. mail within 3 weeks

 

Caveats and Exceptions to Getting your Michigan DMV Driver License

  • Under age 18?  Then you need to complete the Graduated Driver’s License program in order to earn your Class O driver’s license.
  • Failed the road test? Then you will need to wait at least 1 day before you can retake it.
  • Need a REAL ID?  Then visit our Michigan REAL ID page to find out what is required.

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