Licensing in Michigan

Licensing in Michigan

Most people just know Michigan's Graduated Drivers Licensing system exists, but few really understand it. Here, Jungle will teach you all about the system and how our programs fit into it.

The Michigan Graduated Drivers Licensing program (GDL) is a driver licensing system designed to teach teens to drive by gradually increasing their driving privileges as they advance through the system. GDL consists of two segments of driver education instruction (just like Jungle's Segments 1 and 2) and three licensing levels.

The first driver education course is Jungle's Segment 1, which consists of a minimum of 24 hours of classroom instruction, a minimum of 6 hours of behind-the-wheel training, and 4 hours of observation in the car. The second is Segment 2, which consists of a minimum of 6 hours of classroom instruction, designed to provide teens with defensive driving skills. We also teach students parallel parking and other skills necessary to pass the road test in Segment 2.

For more information on our two segments, visit Segments 1 & 2 under What.

The three licensing levels in GDL are

- a supervised learner's license (Level 1 License)
- an intermediate license that limits unsupervised nighttime driving (Level 2 License)
- a full-privilege driver license (Level 3 License) issued after a teen driver has successfully completed all previous instructional, driving, and testing requirements.

License levels 1 and 2 have certain restrictions to limit young driver's exposure to high risk situations and help protect them while they're learning to drive.

Timeline for GDL:

14 years & 8 months onward:

- Enroll in AND complete a Segment 1 program

- Bring to the Secretary of State:

- Segment 1 completion certificate (provided by the Jungle)
- original Social Security Card
- original birth certificate
- proof of Michigan residence for both parents and students (report card, utility bill, bank statement, etc.)
- parent

- The new driver will receive a Level 1 "Learner's" License.


For a full list of acceptable forms of identification, this link to MI's Secretary of State should help.

At least 3 months after obtaining a Level 1 License from The Secretary of State:

- Enroll in AND complete a Segment 2 program
- Take the Road Test Evaluation and pass; the driver will receive a certificate to take to the Secretary of State

16 years onward:

- Possess a Level 1 license for at least 6 months

- Bring to the Secretary of State:
- the road test certificate
- an appropriate form of ID
- a Segment 2 completion certificate (provided by Jungle)
- a parent
- your current Level 1 license

- The teen will receive a Level 2 "Intermediate" License (driver CANNOT drive from 10 pm - 5 am unless traveling to and from work and CANNOT have more than 1 non-family member under the age of 21 unless traveling to a school sanctioned event)

17 years onward:
- After completing 6 months at Level 2 and 12 months without a moving violation (such as an accident in which a moving violation resulted) OR a license suspension, the SOS will mail the student a Level 3 "Full" License

18 years onward:
- The GDL program ends, all drivers are issued a Level 3 Full License.


For a full outline from the SOS, head to their Michigan SOS GDL Outline page.  Signing up is easy with Jungle - just head to Sign Up and begin!  Read some Testimonials in Why and see for yourself the difference Jungle can make.

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