Segment 1 Class & Drives

Congratulations! Your daughter or son is at least 14 years, 8 months old and is eligible to begin driver education.  Your first step begins by granting permission to your teen to enroll in a Segment 1 driver education course.

Learn More About Segment 1

If this is your first time doing this it can become confusing.  LIFE Driving Academy was designed by parents, so we understand.  The information below is information to further educate you in the process of understating more about Segment 1.  This information is taken directly from the The Michigan’s Graduated Driver Licensing: A Guide for Parents.  You can download a PDF file of the brochure  HERE

  • Overview


    • 14 years, 8 months of age
    • Permission of parent/guardian


    • Driver education providers who are certified to
      teach teens

    Minimum Course Content

    • 24 hours of classroom instruction
    • 6 hours behind-the-wheel driving experience
    • Four hours of observation time in a training vehicle


    • May drive only with driver education instructor unless school issued limited parent driving permit.
  • General Information

    • Welcome to LIFE Driving Academy!  As a parent or legal guardian, your first step begins by granting permission to your teen to enroll in a Segment 1 driver education course certified by the Michigan Department of State.  We hope you will pick us!You have the right to postpone enrolling your teen in driver education if you feel he or she is not ready to take on the responsibilities of learning to drive. Segment 1 of driver education consists of a minimum of 24 hours of classroom instruction, a minimum of six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction and a minimum of four hours of observation time in a training vehicle. Segment 1 is designed to prepare teens to acquire a Level 1 License. Upon successful completion of Segment 1 and the Segment 1 Knowledge Test, developed by the Department of State, a green driver education Segment 1 Certificate of Completion will be issued to your teen. The Segment 1 Certificate of Completion is not a permit to drive and cannot be treated as a driver’s license.You may want to request a final assessment of your son or daughter’s driving skills after the instruction has been completed. After completing Segment 1, your teen is ready to apply for a Level 1 License. Both you and your teen must go to a Secretary of State branch office to apply for the Level 1 License.
  • Points to Remember

    • Contact us in advance of when you wish your teen to start GDL. Failure to apply in advance may delay enrollment until
      the next session.
    • Your teen must be at least 14 years, 8 months to begin Segment 1 of driver education.
    • First day of class there will be a Parent Orientation Meeting.
    • Please notify us if your teen has any physical or medical conditions that might affect his or her classroom or driving instruction.
    • Vision screening will be required prior to your teen’s approval to begin the behind-the-wheel instruction as part of Segment 1 of the driver education course.
    • Obtain a certified copy of your teen’s birth certificate—hospital birth certificates are not acceptable. Certified birth certificates are available from the county clerk’s office of the county where your teen was born.
    • A Passport will also be accepted.
    • Make plans to ensure your teen has safe transportation to and from the Segment 1 class.
    • The Driver Education Segment 1 Certificate of Completion is not a permit to drive and cannot be treated as a driver’s license.



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