Documentation Requirements at the SOS Office

The Graduated Driver License is offered in a standard or enhanced version.

Applying for a Standard Graduated Driver License

When applying for an original Michigan driver's license or state identification card (license fees), you must present documentation of:

  • A valid Social Security number or proof of ineligibility

  • Legal presence in the U.S.

  • Identity

  • Michigan residency (at least two documents are required)

For a complete list of acceptable documents, see Documents Required for a License or ID.

When applying for a Level 1 license, you must also present a:

  • Segment 1 Certificate of Completion

  • Parent, legal guardian or responsible adult to sign the application

When applying for a Level 2 license, you must also present a:

  • Level 1 Learner's License

  • Segment 2 Certificate of Completion

  • Driving Skills Test Certificate

  • Parent, legal guardian or responsible adult to sign the application

Applying for an Enhanced Graduated Driver License

At GDL Level 2, for an additional fee, you may apply for an enhanced license with parental approval if you are a U.S. citizen and a Michigan resident, and you have no violations, suspensions, revocations or denials on your driving record that would prevent you from legally operating a motor vehicle.  See Enhanced driver license and state I.D. card brochure for more information.

When applying for an enhanced GDL driver license at any Secretary of State branch office, you must present proof of:

  • A valid Social Security number (for example, a Social Security card)

  • U.S. citizenship (for example, a certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised seal, issued by a governmental unit in the U.S. or U.S. territory)

  • A government-issued Photo ID Card (If the young driver does not have acceptable photo ID, a parent or guardian must present their driver's license or ID and sign for their child.)

  • Residency (for example, high school records or transcripts. Residency documents in a family member's name may be used if the family relationship can be established by other forms of documented proof.)

For a complete list of acceptable documents, see Enhanced driver license and state I.D. card.

You must also present a:

  • Level 1 Learner's License

  • Segment 2 Certificate of Completion

  • Driving Skills Test Certificate

  • Parent, legal guardian or responsible adult to sign the application

All documentation is subject to Department of State approval. In some cases, document approval may not occur in the same day and may require an additional visit.

Once you complete the enhanced license application process, you will be issued a Temporary Operator's Permit to drive. The operator's permit does not qualify as a secure document for border-crossing purposes. Your enhanced license is valid for up to four years and should arrive in the mail within two to three weeks.