Information for Mechanics

  • Mechanic Certification Test Automation - Online test registration, payment and instant test results

    Mechanic testing is now available through a computerized mechanic testing process implemented at all branch offices. Customers can register and pre-pay online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. To access the mechanic test registration program, go to CARS e-Services, select ‘Mechanic Services’ and then ‘Sign Up.’ Please note that, per Secretary of State mechanic testing policy, each person will be limited to one test per day per specialty category.

    • All persons who repair motor vehicles for compensation (including the reconditioning, replacement, diagnosis, adjustment or alteration of the operating condition of the vehicle or any component or sub-assembly) in any category of major repair, must be certified by the State of Michigan. Any person performing major repairs who is not certified may obtain a mechanic trainee permit in the categories of repair in which he or she works.

    • The State of Michigan mechanic testing program tests for minimum competency only. The mechanic tests are "Quick Pass" which means as soon as the minimum passing score is attained the test will end (Note: There is no "Quick Fail." This is to allow a person not passing the test to receive an accurate Test Result Letter showing their performance in the various sub-categories of the subject matter).

    • To become certified, a person must first pass a test for each repair category in which certification is desired. You may apply for certification in any number of repair categories at one time and pay a single application fee of $25.

    • Individuals who are currently certified or have passed tests administered by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE), may be eligible to apply for state certification in certain categories in lieu of taking the state exams. ASE certification and licensure does NOT qualify you as a state certified mechanic. Refer to the ASE Information webpage or telephone the Business Licensing Section at 1-888 SOS MICH (1-888-767-6424) for further information.

    • Mechanic tests are available at all Secretary of State branch offices. To search for a branch office nearest you, access the Secretary of State Branch Office Locator available through the internet at: or Telephone: 1-888-SOS-MICH (1-888-767-6424) for assistance. There is a $6.00 fee for each test. Tests are offered on a first come, first served basis. Tests are not available within one hour of office closure.