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Getting your driver license is as much a rite of passage as going to high school or having your first date. It's a simple document that can change your life.
And it seems that just about everyone has one, which is a good thing because you can't drive on Michigan's roads without it.
You can start the process of earning a Graduated Driver License when you're 14 years and eight months old. You can't earn a full, or Level 3, license until your 17th birthday, and you'll still be on probation for a minimum of three years after that.
How long can you drive? Pretty much until that day you decide you no longer want to, or until the state decides it's no longer safe to allow you to. Either way, as long as you keep your license current (it expires on your birthday every four years) and you avoid some legal pitfalls, driving is a lifetime privilege.
There are a number of other licenses besides a standard operator license.
A commercial driver license (CDL) allows you to operate taxis, school buses, and commercial trucks. The CDL has a number of levels and endorsements that require additional knowledge and skills that are tested through written exams and under actual driving conditions.
As long as you have an operator's or chauffeur's license, you don't need an additional endorsement to operate a moped. If you don't have one of those licenses, but you're at least 15, you can apply for a moped license.
Motorcycles require a motorcycle endorsement to your driver license. The endorsement requires that you pass a written test and either pass a road skills test or complete an approved motorcycle safety course.
Want to do some driving on that trip to Europe that you have planned? You probably don't need anything more than your Michigan driver license or an International Driving Permit, which you can get at your local AAA branch.
Michigan residents may soon have more options regarding driver's licenses and identification cards. There are currently proposals for two new types of licenses and IDs:
- Upgraded "standard" driver's licenses and state-issued identification cards, which will include additional safety features and act as passport alternatives for domestic air travel once the federal REAL ID Act takes effect.
- Enhanced driver's licenses and state-issued identification cards, which will act as passport alternatives for travel to and from Canada and other Western Hemisphere countries under the federal Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) .
For more details check out the details about these proposals online.
As is the case with all motor vehicle-related agencies, the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) may make changes regarding licenses, ID cards, titles, registrations, and other related matters.
For example, as of January 22, 2008 Michigan residents must prove permanent legal presence in the United States when they apply for licenses and ID cards for the first time.
We strive to provide the most up-to-date information, but it's wise to regularly check the Michigan SOS website for news and updates.Other Topics in This SectionFind Your
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