Teen Driver

A teen's first year behind the wheel is critical

That's why Michigan - and other states across the country - have adopted Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws for teen drivers. 

Michigan's laws are designed to help teens gradually and safely build their skills and experience behind the wheel. On these pages, teen drivers and their parents or guardians can find the information and resources they'll need to successfully complete the Graduated Driver License program. Follow the links on the right or under the Teen Driver submenu on the left.

The Parent's Supervised Driving Guide

Kelsey's Law Update for Teens - Mobile phones banned for GDL 1 and 2 teen drivers

Michigan Graduated Driver Licensing Parent Checklist 

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From Secretary Johnson:Secretary of State Ruth Johnson

Dear New Driver:

Congratulations on reaching this important milestone toward adulthood.

Learning to drive is an exciting time, but please remember it's also a time of great responsibility.

Few steps toward adulthood bring more freedom and independence than getting behind the wheel for the first time by yourself, but you should always remember that driving is a privilege, not a right. Each year, many people of all ages make poor decisions that result in losing their driving privileges, or worse, injuring themselves or their loved ones.

I encourage you to be active learners as you progress through the Graduated Driver License classes and on-the-road training. Your parent or guardian also will be helpful as you gain more driving experience, and not just because they'll accompany you on your practice drives. You should look to them to observe their safe driving habits.

By obeying the rules of the road, avoiding distractions like texting, and never drinking and driving, you'll reach your destination safely and receive full driving privileges when you earn your Level 3 full license.

We look forward to seeing you when you visit for your picture on your first driver's license.


Ruth Johnson
Secretary of State

Facts about teen drivers:
  • Teens face the greatest risk of crashing during their first year of driving. One out of every five licensed 16-year-olds will be in a vehicle crash.
  • Crashes are the leading cause of death for teens across the United States.
  • Teen drivers have less experience on the road than older drivers and often don't understand the risks of driving as well.
  • The human brain doesn't fully develop until an individual is in his or her 20s. The brain functions that affect judgment and risk-taking are among the last to mature.

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