Special Need Testing

Special Need:

The Office of Investigative Services offers Special Need Testing for those individuals who have reading or language barriers. Those individuals who do not read or comprehend well, and those having a limited understanding of the English language may have a translator read the test to them.

Mechanic translator testing is offered by appointment only after the following form is successfully processed and approved.

Mechanic Test Translator Agreement (AR-0197)

Complete the form above and email to:  Licensing@michigan.gov

The tester will be notified that the mechanic translator has been approved or denied.  If approved, the tester will be assigned a specific Branch Office for testing.  The tester can schedule an appointment ONLY at that designated Branch Office for Mechanic testing.
Appointments are available 180 days out and can be made;
  1. Online at https://www.michigan.gov/sos/, or
  2. In person at a branch office, or
  3. By calling 888-SOS-MICH (888-767-6424).
Important Notes:
  • A Mechanic Translator must be a person who has never been involved in the field of automotive repair or related occupations.  Mechanic Translators are at the expense of the tester and may be a family member, friend, or professional foreign language interpreter.
  • Individuals who require a sign-language interpreter may be eligible for assistance through the Michigan Department of State under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Follow this link for more information Request Sign Language Interpreter.
  • A prospective Mechanic Translator must sign a "Mechanic Test Translator Agreement" certifying that their assistance will be limited to reading or translating the test items only. No explanations of the test items may be provided.


Further mechanic test issues should be directed to:

Michigan Department of State
Business Licensing Section
Lansing, MI 48918
Telephone: 1-888-SOS-MICH (1-888-767-6424)
Fax: 517-335-2810

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