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. 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.
You are encouraged to be an active learner as you progress through the Graduated Driver Licensing process. Knowing and understanding the process and its expectations will be beneficial for you. Your parent or guardian will also 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. The law requires them to certify that you have spent a minimum of 50 hours behind the wheel, including 10 at night, when you apply for a Level 2 license.
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 license.
We look forward to seeing you when you visit for your picture on your first driver's license.
The Michigan Department of State