GDL Restrictions and Violation Consequences
Level 1 Learner's License Restrictions
Teens with a Level 1 license may only drive with a licensed parent/guardian or designated licensed adult age 21 or older.
Level 2 Intermediate License Restrictions
Teens with a level 2 license
- Are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving.
- Shall not operate a motor vehicle between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. except when:
- driving to or from or in the course of employment;
- driving to or from an authorized activity; or
- accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or a licensed driver 21 years of age or older designated by the parent or legal guardian.
- Shall not operate a motor vehicle at any time with more than 1 passenger in the vehicle who is younger than 21 years of age except:
- when the additional passengers are immediate family members;
- when driving to or from, or in the course of employment;
- while going to or from an authorized activity; or
- when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian or a licensed driver 21 years of age or older designated by the parent or legal guardian.
Authorized activity means any of the following:
- A school or a school-sanctioned event or activity. School means a public or private school, including a home school.
- A sporting event or activity, or extracurricular event or activity, that is not school-sanctioned but that is part of an official sports league or association or an official extracurricular club, or that is paid for as a service offered by a business specializing in those events or activities or training for those events or activities.
- A class or program of vocational instruction offered by a college, community college, nonprofit association, or unit of government or by a business specializing in vocational training.
- An event or activity sponsored by a religious organization that is tax-exempt under federal law.
- Transporting an individual in need of immediate emergency care or personal protection to a health care professional, hospital, police station, domestic violence shelter, or public safety location.
Level 3 Full License
Teens with a Level 3 license have no state-imposed license restrictions.
Consequences for Violating GDL Restrictions
Teens ticketed and convicted of violating the restrictions of their GDL license will be referred for a driver assessment reexamination by the Michigan Department of State. Depending on the nature of the violation, the department may suspend the teen's license for up to a year. Any suspension action taken against the license may also significantly delay a teen's advancement through GDL.
Teens must be 90 days at-fault crash and violation-free before applying for a Level 2 license. For a Level 3 license, teens must be crash- and violation-free for 12 consecutive months before applying.