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Driver Education Providers and Instructors

Certified driver education providers, instructors, and applicants can access tools, resources, and forms by using the tabs available below.

Driver education providers (Choose tab)

To operate a driver education business in Michigan, you must be certified by the Michigan Department of State in at least one of the following classifications:

  • Adult (A)
  • Teen (T)
  • Truck (TR)

The provider certification application process and fees vary for each classification.

To apply for a provider certificate, submit the Provider Certification Application and a Live Scan Fingerprint Background Check Request form to the Driver Education and Testing Section after you have been fingerprinted by an approved Michigan State Police private live scan vendor. To request a copy of the Background Check Request form, please send an email to MDOS-drivertesting@michigan.gov.

Submit both forms with all required documents and fees online through your CARS e-Services account or by mail to:

Michigan Department of State
Driver Education and Testing Section
430 W. Allegan St., 3rd Floor
Lansing, MI 48918

Prior to applying, you review all of the requirements and laws within the Driver Education Provider Manual, in addition to the Michigan Curriculum Guide (if applicable).

Provider Certification Application (DES-P01)

Driver Education Provider Manual

Michigan Curriculum Guide

Ahead of your certificate expiration date, the Michigan Department of State will send you a renewal notice via email. Your certificate renewal form will list the certificate expiration date.

Renew online

To renew your driver education provider certificate online, you will need your:

  • CARS e-Services driver education provider account login
  • Valid Discover, MasterCard, VISA card, or e-check for payment. (A processing fee will be charged for payment by credit or debit card)

Go to CARS e-Services

Renew by mail

To renew your provider certificate by mail, you will need your:

  • Completed preprinted renewal application you received in the mail 
  • All additional required documents and records    
  • A check or money order made payable to the State of Michigan

Update any information as necessary. Some updates may require that you include additional documentation with your application. Failure to fill out the form correctly or completely may delay or prevent your certificate renewal.

Mail all documents and payment to: 

Michigan Department of State
Driver Education and Testing Section
430 W Allegan St
Lansing, MI 48918

If you haven’t received your renewal materials within 45 days of your certificate expiring, contact the department for assistance.

Provider Renewal Checklist

Provider e-Services Certification (DES-P02)

To change or correct the information on your provider certificate, complete the applicable form and provide all necessary documentation as directed:

Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT)

Beginning February 7, 2022, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established new minimum training standards for individuals applying for:

A)    Class A or B Commercial Driver License (CDL) for the first time

B)    An upgrade of an existing CDL (e.g., Class B CDL holder seeking a Class A CDL)

C)    A Hazardous Materials (H), Passenger (P), or School Bus (S) endorsement on a CDL for the first time

These new minimum training standards are referred to as Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT). Drivers must have completed the required ELDT from a training provider registered with FMCSA before being scheduled for CDL skills or knowledge tests to obtain one of the licenses or endorsements listed above.

Individuals applying for a CDL are required to complete a knowledge test and behind the wheel (BTW) instruction provided by a certified training provider.  The prescribed ELDT training curriculum is outlined in 49 CFR 380 and must be completed prior to an applicant being scheduled for a skills test. Individuals applying for the H endorsement must complete their ELDT prior to taking the knowledge test.  The new ELDT training requirements incorporate performance-based concepts by requiring driver-trainees to demonstrate proficiency in both behind-the-wheel (BTW) instruction and knowledge portions of the curriculum during classroom and range training sessions.

ELDT regulations will impact current CLP holders in the following ways:

  • Drivers who currently hold a CLP may obtain a CDL without completing entry-level training, as long as they obtain their CDL before their CLP, or renewed CLP, expires.
  • Current CDL holders who apply for an S, P, or H endorsement on or after February 7, 2022, are subject to ELDT requirements for those endorsements.
  • The ELDT requirements for obtaining the S, P, or H endorsements also apply to drivers who obtain their CLP or CDL after February 7, 2022.

Drivers subject to ELDT can find training providers from the public list located on the Training Provider Registry (TPR) website later this year. Drivers will contact the training provider and secure their services outside of the Registry.

Once operational, the FMCSA TPR will retain a record of which CDL applicants have completed the new training and certification process outlined in the ELDT regulations.  The ELDT regulations and the Training Provider Registry are mandated under the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).

Note: Training providers are subject to state oversight and are encouraged to register as a truck provider prior to signing up on the TPR.

 

Additional Recourses:

Driver education instructors (Choose tab)

To serve as a driver education instructor, you must be certified by the Michigan Department of State, at least 21 years of age, and meet all driving record and legal requirements. Certifications are issued for the following classifications:

  • Adult classification (A)
  • Teen classification (T)
  • Truck classification (TR)

The provider certification application process and fees vary for each classification(s).

To apply for an instructor certificate, complete an Instructor Certification Application and a Live Scan Fingerprint Background Check Request Form completed by an approved Michigan State Police live scan vendor. Submit both forms with all required documents and payment for the $45 application fee online through your CARS e-Services account or by mail to:

Michigan Department of State
Driver Education and Testing Section
430 W. Allegan St., 3rd Floor
Lansing, MI 48918

Prior to applying, you review all of the requirements and laws within the Driver Education Provider Manual, in addition to the Michigan Curriculum Guide (if applicable).

Ahead of your certificate expiration date, the Michigan Department of State will send you a renewal notice via email.

Renew online

To renew your driver education instructor certificate online, you will need your:

  • CARS e-Services driver education instructor account login
  • Valid Discover, MasterCard, VISA card, or e-check for payment. (A processing fee will be charged for payment by credit or debit card)

Go to CARS e-Services

Renew by mail

To renew your instructor certificate by mail, you will need your:

  • Completed preprinted renewal application you received in the mail 
  • All additional required documents and records    
  • A check or money order made payable to the State of Michigan

Update any information as necessary. Some updates may require that you include additional documentation with your application. Failure to fill out the form correctly or completely may delay or prevent your certificate renewal.

Mail all documents and payment to: 

Michigan Department of State
Driver Education and Testing Section
430 W Allegan St
Lansing, MI 48918

If you haven’t received your renewal materials within 45 days of your certificate expiring, contact the department for assistance.

Instructor Renewal Checklist

Approved Instructor Preparation Program Agencies & Professional Development Courses

Instructor e-Services Certification (DES-N03)

To change or correct the information on your provider certificate, complete the Instructor Request of Change form (DES-N06) and provide all necessary documentation as directed.

Instructor Request of Change (DES-N06)

To reapply for a driver education instruction certificate, submit a new certificate application, all required documents, and payment for the $45 application fee by mail to:

Michigan Department of State
Driver Education and Testing Section
430 W Allegan St
Lansing, MI 48918

Instructor Reinstatement Certification Packet

Administrative actions

Driver education providers and instructors are regulated under the Driver Education Provider and Instructor Act (DEPIA). Among the requirements in DEPIA, driver education providers and instructors must be certified and meet certain record-keeping and program requirements.

State law gives the Secretary of State the authority to deny, suspend, or revoke certification if the owner, designated representative, instructor, or applicant has not complied with the provisions of the acts or rules that regulate driver education. Driver education providers and instructors may receive a written warning, be placed on probation, be fined, or have their certificate suspended if the actions cannot be resolved.

It is a misdemeanor offense for a person or business to offer or engage in driver education instruction without being certified. Violations are punishable by law and may result in imprisonment and up to a $2,000 fine in addition to administrative fines.

Filing a complaint

Before filing a complaint, try to resolve the problem with the driver education provider or instructor. If the problem cannot be resolved after speaking with the proper authority, submit a DES-P11 Statement of Complaint (if the complaint involves a driver education applicant, instructor, or provider), or a DES-P12 Statement of Complaint (for complaints against an approved certified Driver Education Instructor Preparation Program (IPP) agency or IPP instructor).

Complaints may only be submitted by mail, fax, or email.

Statement of Complaint (DES-P11) form

Statement of Complaint (DES-P12) form

Contact information

Michigan Department of State
Driver Education and Testing Section
430 West Allegan Street, 3rd Floor
Lansing, Michigan 48918

Driver Education email: DriverEd@Michigan.gov
Phone: 517-241-6850
Fax: 517-335-3155