Do you have to have a license to drive in Michigan?

I'm 16 and don't have my license. I know how to drive, but I haven't been able to pass my driving test. Can I still drive?

Answer
“In Michigan, it is illegal to drive without a valid driver’s license. If you haven’t been able to pass your driving test, you can’t drive.
While you may know how to drive and feel comfortable doing so, you can face fines, tickets, and suspensions should you choose to. If you currently have your permit, you risk a suspension.
Since Michigan has a Graduated Driver Licensing program, you risk not being able to move forward. Being a young driver means you are more likely to get into accidents. You could seriously injure yourself or someone else if you drive unlicensed.
Apart from that, you’ll likely have to pay more in the future for car insurance. Having accidents and tickets on your record can raise your rate significantly. Even if this isn’t a concern to you, you should not drive without valid credentials. If you have your permit, you’ll need to drive with an adult until you can get your license.
And if you’ve never looked at car insurance rates before, you might want to use Jerry to compare rates. By doing so, you can get a real-world idea of how much your car insurance might cost, and why it’s in your best interest not to get behind the wheel without a license.”
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Emily Maracle
Answered on Sep 10, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
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