Secretary of State
The Secretary of State recognizes that earning a driver’s license is an important milestone in the lives of teenagers. Michigan uses a multi-step system for teens to earn driving privileges known as Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL). Teens who have reached the age of 14 years and 8 months are eligible to enroll in Segment 1 Driver Education, thus beginning the first step.
The Michigan Graduated Driver Licensing Parent Checklist is a free resource intended to assist parents or legal guardians of teens with understanding and following the steps of GDL.
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.
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