‚ÄčStep 1:   

Note: Only U.S. citizens and residents with temporary or permanent legal presence may apply for a Michigan driver's license.


  • "What Every Driver Must Know"
  • "Driving Skills Test Study Guide"

Step 2:   
Present appropriate documentation

Present documentation of the following:

  • Social Security number or letter of ineligibility
  • U.S. citizenship or legal presence
  • Identity
  • Michigan residency

Step 3:
Knowledge, Road Signs and Vision Tests

Pass vision test, road signs test and physical standards

Pass knowledge test - given at a Secretary of State office, required to get a TIP. A photo will be taken.

Pay $25 fee for TIP:

  • Valid for 180 days
  • Required to take driving skills test

Step 4: 

Must have a TIP to practice driving

Must be with a licensed adult or driver education instructor

Must practice for at least 30 days

Step 5:
Driving skills test

Given by driver testing business

Fees and hours vary

Test consists of two parts:

  • Basic control skills
  • On-the-road driving requirements

Step 6: Obtaining your Temporary License Permit

After Passing your skills test you may login to e-Services to verify your license has been issued.

If not, take the Skills Test Receipt, TIP, and identification to a Secretary of State office

License will be issued

A limited-term license will be issued to residents who have temporary legal presence

No fee

Restrictions may apply for medical conditions

First license - three-year probation