Driver Education Instructor Certification Requirements

Applicants requesting certification as a driver education instructor may apply to the Secretary of State for a driver education instructor certificate in one or more of the following classifications:

  1. Automobile driver training (teen and/or adult).

  2. Truck driver training.

To qualify for a driver education instructor certificate from the Secretary of State an applicant must:

  1. Be at least 21 years of age.

  2. Possess a valid driver license that has been in continuous effect for not less than 5 years immediately preceding the application.

  3. Provide the applicant's driver license number

  4. Provide a statement indicating whether the applicant has applied for a driver education instructor certificate in this or any other state, and the result of that application.

  5. Provide a statement indicating whether the applicant has previously had a driver education instructor certificate revoked or suspended in this state or any other state.

  6. Complete a criminal history check.

  7.  Certify there is no pending criminal matter or outstanding arrest, warrant, or conviction since submitting a request for a criminal history check.

  8. Submit a $45.00 nonrefundable application-processing fee.

  9. Submit a certified medical examination report that is not older than 90 days that is prepared by a physician, physician's assistant, or certified  nurse practitioner.

  10. Until December 31, 2007, a driver education instructor applicant for teen driver training must submit an official transcript from an approved college or university that currently offers driver education instructor programs.  The transcript must provide evidence of the equivalence of at least 8 semester hours of driver education instructor preparation courses.  The universities that currently offer the approved instructor preparation courses are listed at the end of this document.

  11. Beginning January 1, 2008, a driver education instructor application for teen or adult driver training must submit an official transcript from an approved college, university, or person to verify the completion of a driver education instructor preparation program as described in section 23 of PA 384 of 2006.

  12. Other information and documents as requested by the Secretary of State to determine an applicant's qualifications for certification.

Driver education providers may NOT employ a person as an instructor until the person has been certified by the Secretary of State.  Instructor certification applicants may NOT begin providing training (classroom or behind-the-wheel) to students until a certificate has been issued.

Separate certifications are not required for providing instruction (in the same classification) for multiple providers.


The driver education certificate is the official identification of an instructor and when presented to a student assures them that the instructor is certified.  The certificate must be displayed in a location that is in view of the students.


Driving Record Requirements


Instructor certification applicants must possess a driving record that is consistent with standards established in section 61 of PA 384 of 2006 (MCL 256.681).  These standards include the following:

1.       Has not received a conviction for which 4 or more points were assessed under MCL 257.320a within the 5 years preceding the date the application was submitted; or 

2.       Within the 2 years preceding the date the application was submitted:

  1. Has not had 3 or more driver license denials, suspensions, or revocations, or any combination, imposed by the Secretary of State for the failure to appear in court (FAC) or a failure to comply with a court judgment (FCJ) within the prior 2 years before application.

  2. Has not received a conviction or finding of responsibility for a traffic violation in connection with 2 or more motor vehicle accidents.

  3. Has not accumulated 6 or more points under MCL 257.320. 

  4. Transportation or possession of open alcohol container in vehicle.

  5. Person less than 21 years of age with any bodily alcohol content. 

  6. Careless or negligent driving resulting in civil infraction.

If an instructor certification applicant moved to Michigan from another state during the 3-year period preceding the date on the instructor certification application and was issued a driver license by that state, a certified copy of the applicant's driving record from the prior state of residence must be submitted with the instructor certification application.  


Out of State Driver License


A driver education certification instructor applicant who is not a resident of the state must submit an up-to-date certified driving record from the applicant's state of residence to the Secretary of State.   The applicant must agree in a manner as prescribed by the Secretary of State to submit an up-to-date certified driving record every 60 days for as long as the applicant is not a resident of this state.


Criminal History Checks


The secretary of state shall automatically deny an original or renewal application for a driver education provider or instructor certificate, and shall automatically revoke a provider or instructor certificate without the necessity for notice and an opportunity for a hearing, if a criminal history check indicates a conviction of a violation or attempted violation of any of the following:

  1. Criminal sexual conduct, assault with intent to commit criminal sexual conduct, or an attempt to commit criminal sexual conduct, in any degree under MCL 750.520b to 750.520g.

  2. A felony involving a criminal assault or battery on an individual.

  3. A crime involving felonious assault on a child, child abuse in the first degree, cruelty, torture, or indecent exposure involving a child.

  4. A felony involving the manufacture, distribution, or dispensing of a controlled substance or possession with intent to manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled substance.

  5. A felony conviction involving fraud as an element of the crime.


A denial or revocation shall continue for not less than 10 years from the date of the conviction.