• Update to Michigan GDL Made Simple video: 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 one of the leading causes 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 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.