You will be given a vision test to determine if your vision meets minimum standards.
If you have never been licensed, you will be given a knowledge test to determine how well you know Michigan traffic laws and safe driving practices. Applicants age 18 or older will be given this test at the Secretary of State office when applying for a Temporary Instruction Permit. Teens in the Graduated Driver Licensing program must pass a knowledge test as a part of the Segment 1 driver education class.
If you are required to take a knowledge test for your original operator's or chauffeur's license, arrive at the Secretary of State office at least one hour before closing to allow sufficient time to complete the test
Driving Skills Test
The fist part of the driving skills test requires you to pass a series of off-street, closed-course maneuvers, followed by an on-road driving skills test. After passing the fist part, you must
then pass an on-road driving test to receive your driving skills certificate. The driving skills test includes urban, expressway, rural highway, and residential driving.
Note Drivers licensed for the fist time will be placed on probation for a minimum of three years.
Michigan Driver's Knowledge Test Sample Questions
1. City driving is more dangerous than expressway driving because of the:
a. Lower speed limits.
b. Narrower driving lanes.
c. Cross traffic and pedestrians.
d. Worse road conditions in bad weather.
2. You come to an intersection with a flashing red light. You must:
a. Slow down and drive carefully through the intersection.
b. Turn either right or left since the road is blocked ahead.
c. Stop at the intersection and wait for a flashing green light.
d. Stop at the intersection, then proceed as traffic allows.
3. You are driving in the right lane on an expressway. You should probably move into the left lane when:
a. Traffic is heavy but moving steadily.
b. The weather is bad and roads are slippery.
c. Traffic is slow in your lane and cars are in the left lane.
d. Traffic is light and cars are merging onto the expressway from the right
4. Before turning left, it is important to:
a. Sound your horn.
b. Yield to oncoming vehicles.
c. Swing to the right side of your lane.
d. Wait until oncoming traffic has a red light.
5. When entering an expressway behind several other vehicles, it is MOST important to:
a. Keep your eyes on the vehicle in back of you.
b. Adjust the position and speed of your vehicle to the flow of traffic.
c. Stay as close as possible to the vehicle in front of you.
d. Cancel your turn signal.
6. To reduce the effects of headlight glare at night, you should look:
a. Straight ahead.
b. Over your shoulder.
c. At the center of the road.
d. To the right edge of the road.
7. You are coming to an intersection with a yellow flashing light. You should:
a. Stop and wait for the light to change.
b. Make a U-turn; the intersection is closed.
c. Drive carefully through the intersection.
d. Prepare to stop; the light is about to turn red.
8. When changing lanes, you can check your blind spot by:
a. Using the inside rearview mirror.
b. Using the outside rearview mirror.
c. Using both inside and outside rearview mirrors.
d. Turning your head and looking over your shoulder.
9. When approaching a work zone with a "45 Where Workers Present" sign, drivers should:
a. Slow down immediately.
b. Drive at a safe speed for conditions (up to the posted speed limit), watch for construction workers, and slow down to 45 mph or lower where workers are present.
c. Merge to the right lane.
d. All of the above.
10. While driving on a two-lane road without bicycle lanes, you encounter a bicyclist travelling in the same direction. What is the safest way to pass the bicyclist?
a. Slow down and wait until there is no traffic approaching, then pass the bicyclist leaving him or her sufficient space.
b. Continue driving straight, it is the bicyclist's responsibility to get out of your way.
c. Do not pass the bicyclist until you come to a traffic signal or stop sign.
d. Honk at the bicyclist to let him or her know you are about to pass.