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  1. Michigan GDL
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  4. Segment Two Driver Education
  5. Third Party Road Test
  6. Level Two License
  7. Level Three License
  8. Adult Driver Education


Michigan GDL

  1. What does GDL stand for?
  2. What is included in the GDL program?
  3. When did the GDL program begin in Michigan?
  4. Why do we have the GDL program in Michigan?
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Segment One Driver Education

  1. What is Segment One driver education?
  2. What is the minimum age for enrollment in Segment One?
  3. Are you allowed to participate in Segment One if you’re over 18?
  4. How many days of class are involved with Segment One?
  5. Am I allowed to miss any days of class in Segment One?
  6. What should I bring with me on the first day of Segment One?
  7. Do I need to buy a text book for Segment One?
  8. Should I bring pen and paper with me to Segment One?
  9. What’s a Pink Permit?
  10. What happens on Parents Night?
  11. How long will I drive each time I get in the drivers ed car in Segment One?
  12. Who sets up my scheduled drive times in Segment One?
  13. Can I cancel a drive time that I’ve already scheduled?
  14. What happens if I forget about a drive time and just don’t show up?
  15. What happens if an instructor makes a mistake and doesn’t show up for my drive?
  16. Is there a test at the end of Segment One?
  17. What’s a Segment One certificate?
  18. When I’m done with Segment One, what’s my next step in the GDL?
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Level One License

  1. What is the Level One License?
  2. What is the minimum age for a Level One License?
  3. Where do I get my Level One License?
  4. Could I apply for the Level One License through the mail or online?
  5. What paperwork should I bring with me when I get the Level One License?
  6. Do my parents have to be with me when I get the Level One License?
  7. What will the Level One License look like?
  8. Who is a parental designee?
  9. Can my parents still supervise my driving on my Level One License if they don’t have a license?
  10. Can I drive any time of the day on the Level One License?
  11. Can I drive out of state on the Level One License?
  12. My Level One License went through the washing machine. What should I do now?
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Segment Two Driver Education

  1. What is Segment Two Driver Education?
  2. Why do we have Segment Two Driver Education?
  3. When am I eligible for Segment Two?
  4. What should I bring with me on the first day of Segment Two?
  5. Will I be doing any driving in Segment Two?
  6. What’s my next step after Segment Two?
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Third Party Road Test

  1. What is a Third Party Road Test?
  2. When can I take the Road Test?
  3. Where can I take the Road Test?
  4. How much will the Road Test cost?
  5. How can I best prepare for the Road Test?
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Level Two License

  1. What is a Level Two License?
  2. What is the minimum age for a Level Two License?
  3. Where do I get my Level Two License?
  4. Could I apply for the Level Two License through the mail or online?
  5. What paperwork should I bring with me when I get the Level Two License?
  6. Do my parents have to be with me when I get the Level Two License?
  7. What will the Level Two License look like?
  8. What does the Level Two License allow me to do?
  9. Can I drive any time of the day on the Level Two License?
  10. Can I drive out of state on the Level Two License?
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Level Three License

  1. What is a Level Three License?
  2. What is the minimum age before you can receive the Level Three License?
  3. Where do I go to get my Level Three License?
  4. What will the Level Three License look like?
  5. What does the Level Three License allow me to do?
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Adult Driver Education

  1. Who is adult driver education for?
  2. What will be involved in adult driver education?
  3. How do I set up an appointment for some adult driving lessons?
  4. How many adult driving lessons will I need?
  5. How long is each adult driving lesson?
  6. Is there a minimum amount of adult driving lessons that I have to take?
  7. Could I start my adult driving lesson at my house?
  8. Will I see the same instructor for each adult driving lesson?
  9. Will I have to provide a vehicle for the adult driving lesson?
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Q: What does GDL stand for?

A: GDL stands for Graduated Drivers License.

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Q: What is included in the GDL program?

A: The GDL program includes a multi-step process which any person under the age of 18 must complete in order to receive a drivers license in the state of Michigan. The GDL includes two sessions of driver education classes and a three-tiered licensing system.

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Q: When did the GDL program begin in Michigan?

A: The GDL program began in 1997.

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Q: Why do we have the GDL program in Michigan?

A: The greatest cause of teen fatalities across the United States is teens behind the wheel. The most dangerous time for teen drivers is their first 500 miles of driving. The GDL was enacted in Michigan to effectively reduce teen fatalities. Our state has seen a 25% reduction in teen fatalities as a result of the introduction of the GDL.

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Q: What is Segment One driver education?

A: Segment One driver education is the first step in the Michigan GDL. This program introduces new drivers to the basics of driving a car and the laws of the road.

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Q: What is the minimum age for enrollment in Segment One?

A: To be eligible for this program, you must be at least 14 years and 8 months old on or before the first day of class.

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Q: Are you allowed to participate in Segment One if you’re over 18?

A: You are very welcome to participate in Segment One, although the state does not require that you complete it to get your license. In order to participate, you would need to receive a Temporary Instruction Permit from the Secretary of State’s office. If you are not familiar with the laws of the road, this would be a great class for you to take.

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Q: How many days of class are involved with Segment One?

A: Our Segment One class sessions are held over 12 days. We meet for 2 hours each day.

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Q: Am I allowed to miss any days of class in Segment One?

A: We understand that an absence may happen. You are allowed to miss class days, but you will be required to make them up when the next Segment One program begins.

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Q: What should I bring with me on the first day of Segment One?

A: We will need you to bring your birth certificate and tuition.

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Q: Do I need to buy a text book for Segment One?

A: You will be given a text book on the first day of class for you to use throughout the program. This text will be given to the student to keep. You will be able to keep the text when the program is completed.

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Q: Should I bring pen and paper with me to Segment One?

A: Absolutely. Class time will be filled with a variety of activities, including lectures, class discussion, worksheets, and movies. All of these activities are made more productive when you are taking notes.

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Q: What’s a Pink Permit?

A: A Pink Permit is the first drivers license you will receive. This is a license that we will issue to you once you have completed ten hours of class and two hours of driving with an instructor. The Pink Permit only allows you to drive with a parent or guardian.

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Q: What happens on Parents Night?

A: This a normal class time for students, but parents are encouraged to attend. The evening is filled with information that is beneficial for both parents and students. We talk about the GDL, the Road Test, and the Pink Permit.

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Q: How long will I drive each time I get in the driver's Ed car in Segment One?

A: Each drive session in Segment One is one hour in length.

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Q: Who sets up my scheduled drive times in Segment One?

A: You will schedule your own drive times when it works with your schedule.

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Q: Can I cancel a drive time that I’ve already scheduled?

A: Yes you can cancel a drive time. If you schedule a time with us for a drive and then find out later that you can’t make it, please call us and let us know.

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Q: What happens if I forget about a drive time and just don’t show up?

A: You will be charged $20 for the missed drive time. Your instructor will wait for 12-15 minutes after your scheduled drive time has begun.

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Q: What happens if an instructor makes a mistake and doesn’t show up for my drive?

A: This happens very rarely, but unfortunately sometimes mistakes happen. If it does happen that an instructor doesn’t show up for your drive time, we will compensate you $40 for the mistake. We ask that you give the instructors the same 12-15 minutes that they will give to you.

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Q: Is there a test at the end of Segment One?

A: On the last day of class you will be given a 80 question written test. This is an official test issued by the state, and you are required to pass the test with an 70% or higher.

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Q: What’s a Segment One certificate?

A: This is a certificate that’s issued to you once you’ve completed all of the requirements for Segment One. It is not a driver’s license.

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Q: When I’m done with Segment One, what’s my next step in the GDL?

A: The next step is to go get your Level One License at the Secretary of State.

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Q: What is the Level One License?

A: The Level One License is a Learners Permit which allows you to drive with your parents or a licensed parental designee over the age of 21.

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Q: What is the minimum age for a Level One License?

A: The minimum age is 14 years 9 months old.

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Q: Where do I get my Level One License?

A: You will have to go to the Secretary of State’s office. Any branch office should be able to issue this license.

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Q: Could I apply for the Level One License through the mail or online?

A: This license must be applied for in person. There are no options for application through the mail or online with this license.

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Q: What paperwork should I bring with me when I get the Level One License?

A: The Secretary of State will want to see your Segment One certificate, an original birth certificate, your social security card, and two proofs of Michigan residency.

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Q: Do my parents have to be with me when I get the Level One License?

A: Yes, one parent is required to be there with you at the Secretary of State’s office.

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Q: What will the Level One License look like?

A: The Level One License will be a small piece of paper. It contains all the pertinent information that a police officer would need if your information were required on the side of the road. The license is not laminated, although you have the option to do that yourself.

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Q: Who is a parental designee?

A: A parental designee is someone that you can drive with on your Level One License when your parents aren’t in the car with you. This person must be over the age of 21 and they must be a licensed driver. It is important to note that your parents have to designate this person if you are going to drive them. Make sure there is a note in your car with your parent’s phone number on it. That way if the police have any questions about the parental designee, they can check with your parents.

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Q: Can my parents still supervise my driving on my Level One License if they don’t have a license?

A: Yes, they can supervise your driving, but it will require that they have another licensed driver in the car as well. The licensed driver should be in the front seat.

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Q: Can I drive any time of the day on the Level One License?

A: This license does not place any restrictions on time of day for driving. As long as you are under proper supervision, you can drive at any point during the day.

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Q: Can I drive out of state on the Level One License?

A: This license does not place any restrictions on where you can drive. As long as you are under proper supervision, you can leave the state.

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Q: My Level One License went through the washing machine. What should I do now?

A: Make sure you take care of this soon! You will need to go to the Secretary of States office and they will give you a new copy.

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Q: What is Segment Two Driver Education?

A: This is the second session of driver education in the GDL. This class focuses on advanced driving issues and the Road Test.

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Q: Why do we have Segment Two Driver Education?

A: There are many answers to this question, but perhaps the best reason is that Segment Two makes sure you have retained the information we taught in Segment One.

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Q: When am I eligible for Segment Two?

A: In order to participate, you will need to wait a minimum of 90 days from when you received your Level One License. You will also need to have completed 30 hours of driving with your parents (two of those hours should be at night).

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Q: What should I bring with me on the first day of Segment Two?

A: You definitely need to bring your Level One License. Also, don’t forget your class tuition.

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Q: Will I be doing any driving in Segment Two?

A: Segment Two is just classroom time. You will not be driving with us.

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Q: What’s my next step after Segment Two?

A: Your next step is the Third Party Road Test.

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Q: What is a Third Party Road Test?

A: A Third Party Road Test is the final test before you receive unsupervised driving privileges on your Level Two License.

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Q: When can I take the Road Test?

A: You are eligible for the Road Test once you’ve driven on your Level One License for 180 days. You also need to have logged a minimum of 50 hours of driving with your parents (at least 10 of these hours needs to be at night).

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Q: Where can I take the Road Test?

A: Any Road Testing organization in Michigan can administer a Road Test. Check your Yellow Pages for the testing site closest to you.

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Q: How much will the Road Test cost?

A: This can vary between companies, so make sure you check around. Prices range from $40 - $75.

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Q: How can I best prepare for the Road Test?

A: Practice driving on the streets of the town in which you will be taking your test. Get to know the speed limits and intersections. On the Road Test you will be expected to handle every type of intersection and road sign without being able to ask for advice.

The Secretary of State has issued a Road Skills Test Study Guide. Make sure to read this manual. If you didn’t get a copy in your drivers ed class, you can pick up a copy at your local Secretary of State office. You may want to consider the Road Test camp from Quality Driver Training. This camp prepares new drivers with a simulated Road Test in a low pressure situation.

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Q: What is a Level Two License?

A: A Level Two License is a probationary license that allows you to drive without supervision.

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Q: What is the minimum age for a Level Two License?

A: The minimum age is 16 years old.

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Q: Where do I get my Level Two License?

A: Just like the Level One, you will have to go to the Secretary of State’s office.

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Q: Could I apply for the Level Two License through the mail or online?

A: This license must be applied for in person. There are no options for application through the mail or online with this license.

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Q: What paperwork should I bring with me when I get the Level Two License?

A: The Secretary of State’s office will want to see your certificate of completion for the Road Test, your Level One License, an original birth certificate, your social security card, and two proofs of Michigan residency.

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Q: Do my parents have to be with me when I get the Level Two License?

A: Yes, one parent is required to be there with you at the Secretary of State’s office.

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Q: What will the Level Two License look like?

A: You will leave the Secretary of State’s office with another piece of paper (similar to your Level One License). You should receive a laminated license in the mail soon after.

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Q: What does the Level Two License allow me to do?

A: This license allows you to drive unsupervised with no more than one passenger in the car, unless you are driving with family members or are on your way to or from a school event.

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Q: Can I drive any time of the day on the Level Two License?

A: You are not allowed to drive between the hours of 10:00 PM and 5 AM.

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Q: Can I drive out of state on the Level Two License?

A: This license does not restrict you from leaving the state.

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Q: What is a Level Three License?

A: A Level Three License is an unrestricted driver’s license.

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Q: What is the minimum age before you can receive the Level Three License?

A: The minimum age is 17 years old. Also, you need to have been on your Level Two License for at least 6 months. So, if you are already 17 when you get your Level Two License, you will need to wait for 6 months.

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Q: Where do I go to get my Level Three License?

A: You shouldn’t have to go anywhere but your mailbox. If you haven’t had any convictions or accidents on your Level Two License, the Secretary of State will send the Level Three License to you automatically.

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Q: What will the Level Three License look like?

A: This license will look like the Level Two license.

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Q: What does the Level Three License allow me to do?

A: The Level Three License is an unrestricted driver’s license. You will now be able to drive at any time of the day.

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Q: Who is adult driver education for?

A: Adult driver education is for any person who is seeking behind the wheel instruction. To be eligible you must have achieved at least a Level One License or have received a Temporary Instruction Permit from the Secretary of State.

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Q: What will be involved in adult driver education?

A: Adult driver education focuses on behind the wheel instruction.

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Q: How do I set up an appointment for some adult driving lessons?

A: Give us a call at our office and we will set you up with a driving instructor who will work with you.

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Q: How many adult driving lessons will I need?

A: How many lessons you will need depends heavily on how much skill you already have. If you just need a refresher course, three hours might be sufficient. If you have never driven the car before, expect to work with us for over ten hours.

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Q: How long is each adult driving lesson?

A: You will pre-determine with the driving instructor how long each lesson will be. If you feel comfortable driving for one hour at a time, then that’s how long your lesson will be. If you’d like to drive for longer then that, we will accommodate your needs.

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Q: Is there a minimum amount of adult driving lessons that I have to take?

A: We do have a minimum requirement of three hours.

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Q: Could I start my adult driving lesson at my house?

A: Yes, we can pick you up at your house, but the time spent driving to your house will be counted into the lesson time.

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Q: Will I see the same instructor for each adult driving lesson?

A: Yes, you should. Unless an emergency comes up and your original instructor isn’t available, you should see the same instructor for each lesson.

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Q: Will I have to provide a vehicle for the adult driving lesson?

A: No. We will provide a driver education car for you.

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