Graduated Driver Licensing

 

Update: A driving log must be submitted at Segment 2 driver education
and before taking the driving skills test.

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. 

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.

GDL is a driver licensing system designed to teach teens to drive by gradually increasing their driving privileges as they advance through the system. GDL consists of two segments of driver education instruction and three licensing levels.

The three licensing levels in GDL are: a supervised learner's license (Level 1 License), an intermediate license that limits passengers and unsupervised nighttime driving (Level 2 License), and a full-privilege driver's license (Level 3 License) issued after a teen driver has successfully completed all previous instruction and driving requirements.

GDL license levels 1 and 2 have certain restrictions to limit teens' driving exposure to high-risk situations and help protect them while they are learning to drive.

The GDL Timeline shows how graduated driver licensing and driver education are intertwined. The Michigan's Graduated Driver Licensing: A Guide for Parents contains valuable information on graduated driver licensing, driver education, coaching tips for parents and more. Parents and teens are encouraged to read this publication.
 

     
GDL Eligibility Requirements   Documentation Requirements at the SOS
     
Learn about the eligibility requirements for a GDL Level, 1,2, or 3 driver's license.   Learn about what documents you need to take with you to the Secretary of State branch office.
     
GDL Restrictions and Violation Consequences    
     
Learn about the restrictions for GDL Level 1 and Level 2 licensed drivers and the consequences for violating them.