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Michigan Practice Permit Test

Do you dream of road tripping through the Great Lakes? You’ll need to pass your Michigan driving test first. Taking a practice exam can help you make sure you pass your test the first time with confidence and ease.

All the questions on our exams come with full answer explanations, leaving you informed about every topic. We even designed an exam specifically for Michigan road signs, so you’ll never get lost along the way.

Preparing early is the key to success. Get started by answering some questions below.

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Michigan Permit Practice Tests

Quiz yourself with our free Michigan DOS practice tests which are listed below. There is no registration required and the exams are 100% free. You will have access to the answer explanations at the end – use them to learn why an answer was right or wrong.

Michigan Road Signs

Take our MI road signs practice test linked below. This exam includes only road signs questions and will help you prepare for any signs you may see on your exam.

About the Michigan Permit Test

The Michigan permit driving test is made up of 80 total questions. Of those 80 questions, individuals will need to answer 56 of those questions correctly to pass the exam. This comes out to a minimum passing score of 70%.

Individuals must be at least 14.75 years of age to take the Michigan permit test. You can expect to follow these steps before and after taking the Michigan permit test:

  1. Complete drivers ed (segment 1)
  2. Go to secretary of state branch office
  3. Provide proper documentation
  4. Pass vision test
  5. Get your level 1 license

Documentation Required

When applying for your permit at the Michigan DOS, you will need to provide proof of your name, age, and address. Typical documents you can use include:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Passport
  • Social Security Card
  • 1099 Form, W2 Statement or Paystub
  • Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship

Please be sure to check the Official Michigan DOS Site for complete details.

In addition, you will typically need to have a parent or guardian present if you are under the age of 18.

After you receive your learners permit, you will need to complete some general requirements to get your full driver’s license. In the state of Michigan, you will need to complete 24 hours of drivers ed classroom hours (segment 1) and at least 30 hours of supervised driving hours.

Michigan Driving Test FAQs

To obtain a Michigan driver’s license you will need to do several things. First, you will need to provide proof of your U.S. citizenship, social security number, and Michigan residency.

Second, you will need to pass a vision test and a knowledge (written) test.

To receive a full-fledged Michigan driver’s license you will need to be at least 18 years old. However, since Michigan operates on a graduated licensing system, you will be able to apply for your Level 1 license when you are 14.75.

When you apply for a Michigan driver’s license you will need to provide several documents that help establish your eligibility for a license. You will first need to provide your Social Security number.

This is accomplished most easily with a Social Security card. If for some reason you do not have a social security number, a letter stating your ineligibility from the Social Security Administration is acceptable.

The letter must be no more than 30 days old. You will also need to provide documentation of your status as a U.S. citizen. Acceptable documents for this include a government issued birth certificate, a valid U.S. passport, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, a Permanent Resident card, or an Employment Authorization Card.

Finally, you will need to provide two documents that establish your residency in Michigan. This includes utility bills, rental or lease agreements, credit card statements, insurance policies, or pay stubs.

You will need to successfully pass a vision test, a knowledge test, and a driving skills test before being issued a Michigan driver’s license.

For applicants over the age of 18, the knowledge test will be administered at the Secretary of State office; however, for teens in the graduated licensing program the knowledge test will be a part of their Segment 1 driver’s education course.

The knowledge test must first be passed before a driving skills test will be administered.

For applicants 18 and older there are no driver’s education requirements for a driver’s license. However, enrollment in a program is strongly encouraged.

For applicants under the age of 18, driver’s education is required for the graduated licensing program. This education is divided into two parts—Segment 1 and Segment 2.

Segment 1 driver’s education must be completed before a Level 1 license will be issued, and Segment 2 must be completed between Level 1 and Level 2.

When you obtain a Level 1 license in the graduated licensing program you will only be allowed to operate a motor vehicle when a licensed driver who is 21 or older is present.

With a Level 2 license you cannot drive between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., and you cannot drive with more than one passenger under the age of 21 present (except when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian).

There are 80 questions on the knowledge portion of the Michigan driver’s test. 10 of these questions have to do with identifying traffic signs, and the other 40 have to do with the general traffic laws of Michigan.

The driving skills test is divided into three primary sections—vehicle familiarization, basic skill control, and an on-road driving test.

For the written test you will need to answer at least 70% of the questions correctly to receive a passing grade. This means that you need to answer 56 questions correctly. It is up to the discretion of the examiner to determine whether or not you have passed your driving skills test.

You must wait at least 24 hours before re-attempting either the knowledge or driving skills test. There may be extra fees associated with re-taking either test, depending on the third party company that is administering the test.

The best way to prepare for the knowledge test is to familiarize yourself with the information provided on the Michigan Department of State website. There is a webpage titled “What Every Driver Must Know” that provides you with PDF downloads of all the Michigan traffic laws.

When preparing for the driving skills test, be sure to check out the Driving Skills Test Study Guide. This guide is provided free of charge on the Michigan state website.

Unlike many other states, Michigan outsources their driver’s test to third party companies. Because of this, the fees associated with taking this test can vary greatly. It’s best to call around to local administrators in your area to see where you can find the best deal.

The main requirements for receiving a Level 1 license are similar to those for the full-fledged driver’s license. You will need to provide proof of identity and residency and pay all associated fees.

You will also need to successfully complete Segment 1 of your mandatory driver’s education courses before being eligible for a Level 1 license.

If you are 18 or older, you will take your knowledge test at the Secretary of State office. If you are under 18 your knowledge test will be part of your Segment 1 driver’s education course.

You will not need an appointment for it. Since the driving skills tests are administered by third party companies, you will need to do some research to find out where the test is being given.

You will more than likely need to schedule an appointment with the company to take this test.

Gianni Evangelisti
Gianni has been working in the test prep industry for 6+ years. Gianni has created test prep materials across multiple different exam categories.