You will be given a knowledge test to determine how well you know Michigan
traffic laws and safe driving practices. Applicants age 18 or older will be
given this test at the Secretary of State office when applying for a
If you are required to take a knowledge test for your original operator or
chauffeur license, arrive at the Secretary of State office at least one hour
before closing to allow enough time to complete the test.
If you have difficulty speaking or reading English, branch office staff will
provide a list of available spoken language interpreters. Printed translations
of the knowledge tests are also available in many languages. Please contact the
branch office in advance to obtain a list of interpreters. Hearing-impaired
customers can request a sign language interpreter in advance of a branch office
visit or may use an interpreter they know.
Driving Skills Test
pass a driving skills test if you have never been licensed and are applying for
an original driver's license, or your driver's license has been expired for more
than four years. Driving skills tests are administered by independent
third-party testing organizations approved by the Secretary of State.
A list of approved third-party
testing organizations is available at all branch offices and on this Web
site. Be sure to ask the third-party testing organization you choose about its
fees before scheduling your test. The Secretary of State does not set the
driving skills test fee.
The first part of the driving skills test requires you to pass a series of
off-street, closed-course maneuvers. After passing the first part, you must then
pass a road skills test to receive your driving skills certificate. The road
skills test includes urban, expressway, rural highway, and residential driving.
Complete study information is provided in the Secretary of State publication Driving
Skills Test Study Guide available at any branch office, or on this Web site.
You should review this study guide thoroughly before taking the driving skills
test. Once the driving skills test is passed, you are eligible for a Michigan
driver's license. If you have a driver's license issued by another state, the
driving skills test may be waived.
NOTE: Your situation may differ from
the information provided. Please check with our Information Center at (888) SOS-MICH (767-6424) to
make sure you have all the correct paperwork before going to a branch office.