UNDERSTANDING THE TEEN LICENSING PROCESS
This timeline will take you step-by-step what happens in the teen licensing process. Each point in the timeline has a link to go to more detail information if you need it. We are here if you need us.
Sign up at LIFE Driving Academy
It all starts with your teen signing up for a Segment 1 class and drives. We hope that you chose LIFE Driving Academy! Let the adventure begin!
Congratulations! Your daughter or son is 14 years, 8 months old and is eligible to begin driver education. 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. Of course we hope you pick LDA.
Segment 1 Certificate
The green certificate is what your teen will get when completing the Segment 1 course. Once you receive the certificate you need to go to the Secretary of State (SOS) along with several pieces of ID and turn it into a Level 1 License (aka The Permit). This L1L give your teen the legal right to drive with you on the roads.Certificate Sample
Level 1 Learner's License
Level 1 Learner’s License (L1L) is what gives your teen the legal right to drive with someone who is over 21 and holds a valid drivers license. Many people prefer to obtain the L1L as soon as possible, because your teen is required to hold a L1L for at least six months from the date of issuance, before applying for a Level 2 License.
Drive 30 Hours
It’s time to start putting in some drive time! Before going to the next level, Segment 2, it is required that your teen drives at least 30 hours and at least 2 of those have to be at night. Make sure you keep a log of the drives because you will have to show it as proof.
Sign Up For Segment 2
So far so good! Your daughter or son has had their Level 1 License for at least 3 months and has there drive time in, now their ready for the next level. On the way to the driving test so they can start driving on their own. Of course we hope you pick LIFE Driving Academy.
Now that you have at least 30 hours of drive time in and held a valid L1L for at least three continuous months, your ready for Segment 2. Time to sign up for this 3 day class. Once completed, the teen will receive a State certificate of completion, which you will take to SOS.
Segment 2 Certificate
This certificate is what your teen will receive when completing the Segment 2 course. Much like in Segment 1 you will need to take this certificate to the Secretary of State and turn it into a Level 2 Intermediate License. This L2L gives your teen the legal right to drive alone gut with a few restrictions.Certificate Sample
Drive 50 Hours
Well, you already have at least 30 hours done by now. You need to get at least 50 before taking your Driving Test and 10 of those have to be at night. Continue keeping a log of your drives because you will need to take that log to the test site. Also bring your Segment 2 Certificate and ID to the test site, the day of your test.
Book Your Driving Skills Test
How exciting, let’s make it happen! Everyone must pass the driving skills test before they are eligible to receive a Michigan driver’s license. LIFE Driving Academy offers several option to help you pass the Driving Skills Test. We offer service such as: pick-up | drop-off, car rental, mock driving test, mock parking test, and cleaning up bad habits.
Driving Skills Test
If you have been following the teen track thous-far, that means you have finished Segment 2, drove for at least 50 hours, and have held the L1L for at lease 6 months. Now your ready to take the driving test! If your over 18 that you have to get a TIP from the State. You can download the State’s study guide that shows what happens during the test here.
Level 2 License
Level 2 License carries some restrictions. Your daughter or son is eligible for a Level 2 License if he or she is at least 16 years old, has held a Level 1 License for at least 6 months and has been crash-free and violation-free during the prior 12 months. Teen must have received a Segment 2 Certificate and has passed the Driving Skills Test.
Level 3 License
Level 3 License carries no state-imposed restrictions. Your daughter or son is eligible for a Level 3 License if he or she is at least 17 years old, has held a Level 2 License for at least 6 months and has been crash-free and violation-free during the prior 12 months. If these requirements are meet the State will automatically send them their L3L. Congratulation Done!!