Mechanic Test Tips

The Office of Investigative Services offers mechanic tests at selected Secretary of State branch offices around the state. To obtain detailed branch office location information (address and business hours), visit the Michigan Department of State's Branch Office Locator.

Test Tips

The state mechanic tests contain multiple choice questions and are intended to measure the minimum competencies necessary to work in a particular area of study. An individual's ability to pass an exam depends on the amount of knowledge the person has covering a specific area, and how the individual interprets the test items. All tests are closed-book format. No reference materials or electronic devices may be used during testing. Absolutely no copying of test items is permitted. Before taking tests, keep these tips in mind:

  • There is a $6.00 fee for each test. Tests are offered on a first come, first serve basis. Tests are not available within one hour of closing.
  • Prepare in advance! It is suggested that individuals reference the State Mechanic Study Guides in preparation for any one exam. Study guides provide a listing of the primary categories that would be found in a specific specialty area of study along with the specific sub-category subjects that will make up the test. Each test primary category is also broken down into percentages of questions asked, therefore allowing the individual the ability to focus more heavily on specific areas of the exam.
  • Read each question carefully, including ALL of the answers, so that you understand exactly what is being asked.
  • Answer the questions based ONLY on the choices given. Don't try to "read into" the question or add information that is not provided. For many individuals, this is where they fail to answer the question correctly.
  • Don't spend too much time on any one question. If you are not sure of your answer, try to narrow down your choices and mark the answer you think is most likely correct. Chances are your first guess is correct!

Important Reminders:

  • The State of Michigan does not provide or recommend any single educational textbook or publishing material for your review covering the mechanic certification categories. However, it is recommended that individuals who prefer home study acquire textbooks similar to those found in technical skill centers, and two- or four-year colleges. Typically, these types of textbooks are not found at your local library but are available through educational book stores and various automotive publishers.
  • Secretary of State branch offices administer mechanic tests ONLY and do not perform licensing functions or maintain mechanic records. Refer all mechanic inquiries to the Business Licensing Section at 1-888-SOS-MICH (1-888-767-6424).
  •  All motor vehicle mechanics performing major repairs for compensation must be certified by the Michigan Department of State in the categories for which they perform repairs. A person who is not certified may obtain a trainee permit.
  • A mechanic trainee permit is valid for a period of two years from the date of issue in the major repair categories listed on the permit. A permit may not be renewed. Upon expiration of the trainee permit, a mechanic trainee must either become certified or stop performing repairs in the categories listed on the permit. A mechanic trainee may perform repairs only in the categories listed on the permit under the supervision of a mechanic who is currently certified by the State of Michigan in those repair categories.


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