Graduated Driver Licensing

Graduated Driver Licensing (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.