Teen Driving Law Updated

The Senate passed House Bill 4493 by a vote of 30 to 5 on the last day of the current legislative session.  Bill is going to Governor Granholm’s desk for approval.

House Bill 4493 will improve MI GDL law to:

  • Limit GDL level 2 drivers from having more than one non-family member passenger under age 21. Immediate family members are exempt, as well as travel to and from school and school-sanctioned events. The risk of death increases 158 percent with two passengers and 207 percent with three or more passengers. Prior to this plan, Michigan was one of only eight states without a GDL passenger limit.
  • Restrict GDL level 2 night driving starting at 10 p.m. and ending at 5 .m. with exceptions for driving to and from work. This only impacts driving hours; it is not a curfew. Night driving between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m., as well as the hours driving to and from school are the deadliest for inexperienced drivers.

Class-room instruction, designed to provide teens with defensive driving skills.  For a list of Certified Driver Ed listed by Michigan county.

Level 1 teen Learner’s License


  • The teen must be at least 14 years, 9 months old to apply for the Level 1License.
  • Must have a Certificate of Completion for Segment 1

Must present proof of:

  • A Social Security number or letter of ineligibility
  • U.S. citizenship Identity
  • Michigan residency
  • Parent/guardian signature required on application
  • Pass vision screening required by Secretary of State


  • Obtain Level 1 License at a Secretary of State branch office
  • May only drive with licensed parent/guardian or designated licensed adult age 21 or older
  • Parent/guardian or designated adult should sit in the front seat
  • If driving with a designated adult, driver should carry a signed letter of authorization from parent/guardian

Level 2 teen Intermediate License


  • Teen is at least 16 years old
  • Meet physical and medical licensing standards
  • Possessed a Level 1 License for six months
  • Completed Segment 1 and 2 of an approved driver education program
  • Passed a driving skills test and presented a skills test certificate
  • Must present proof of legal presence. (Proof of a Social Security number, identity and Michigan residency will also be required if it was not provided at Level 1.)
  • Completed a minimum of 50 hours of supervised driving time, including 10 hours at night
  • Must be violation and suspension free, and have no at-fault crashes during the 90 days prior to applying for the Level 2 License
  • Have a parent or legal guardian sign the application and certify the minimum 50 hours of behind-the-wheel driving experience


  • Obtain Level 2 License at a Secretary of State branch office (a fee is required)


Between midnight and 5 a.m., teen must drive with a designated licensed adult over age 21 unless driving to and from employment

Parent Option

Parent/guardian has the option of requesting in writing that the teen driver remain at Level 2 and not automatically advance to Level 3 at age 17. Request must be made at least 30 days before teen’s 17th birthday.

Level 3 teen License


  • Teen is at least 17 years old
  • Held Level 2 License for six months
  • Must be violation- and suspension-free, and

have no at-fault crashes for 12 consecutive months prior to applying for the Level 3 License


With parent/guardian approval at Level 2, the Level 3 License is automatically mailed to teen If approval was not given, parent/guardian and teen must go to a Secretary of State branch office


No fee is required

No state-imposed license restrictions

Parent or guardian may restrict or cancel the license

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