Graduated Driver Licensing Eligibility and Documentation Requirements

Driver’s License Fees

New! As of March 16, 2021, student drivers will be issued a photo license hard card for a GDL Level 1 license, instead of a paper license. Those drivers won't need to return to the branch office for their Level 2 or Level 3 licenses and their operator's license will be mailed to them upon turning 18.

Level 1 Learner's License

Eligibility Requirements

Documentation Requirements at Secretary of State Branch Office

  • Driver Education Certificate of Completion Segment 1
  • A valid Social Security number or proof of ineligibility
  • Proof of legal presence in the U.S.
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of Michigan residency (two documents)
  • Have a parent, legal guardian or responsible adult sign the Level 1 application.

For acceptable documentation requirements, see Applying for a license or ID card? (SOS-428)

Level 2 Intermediate License

Eligibility Requirements

Documentation Requirements at Secretary of State Branch Office*

  • Segment 2 Certificate of Completion
  • Driving Skills Test Certificate
  • A valid Social Security number or proof of ineligibility
  • Proof of legal presence in the U.S.
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of Michigan residency (two documents)

For acceptable documentation requirements, see Applying for a license or ID card? (SOS-428)

*If your original Level 1 License was issued on or after March 16, 2021, you may not need to visit a branch office.

Level 3 Full License

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be at least 17 years old
  • Held Level 2 License for at least six months
  • Complete 12 consecutive months without a moving violation, a crash in which a moving violation resulted, a crash, a license suspension, or a violation of the graduated license restrictions (may be six months at Level 1 and six months at Level 2, if consecutive)

This license is automatically issued at no fee, provided all requirements are met and parental authorization was granted.

GDL ends for all teens when they turn age 18.

Enhanced Graduated Driver’s License

For an additional fee, you may apply for an Enhanced Driver’s 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.