What age can you start driving in Michigan?

My teen is eager to start driving, but I didn’t grow up in Michigan and don’t know all of the rules. How old do they need to be to get behind the wheel?

Jacqulyn Graber · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Legal driving ages vary from state to state, so it’s easy to get confused You can start driving in
at the age of 14 years and 9 months—but you’ll need to be 18 to get a full, unrestricted license.
The first step of Michigan’s Graduated Licensing Program is to obtain a learner’s license. Before applying, you must meet the following requirements:
  • Be at least 14 years and 9 months old
  • Complete Segment 1 of a state-approved driver’s education program
  • Pass a vision exam
  • Meet the Department of State Physical and Mental Standards for Drivers
When you apply, be sure to bring your Driver’s Education Certificate of Completion of Segment 1, a valid Social Security number, proof of identity, proof of Michigan residency, and have a parent or guardian sign your application.
Your learner’s license will allow you to practice driving with licensed supervising adult and allow you to progress through the next segments of a mandatory driver’s education course.
The next steps include an intermediate license, which includes restrictions, followed by a full license without restrictions.
MORE: Michigan driver's license requirements
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