Michigan Permit Practice Test - Michigan Road Rules 2
A Guide to Ace the Michigan's Driver's Exam
A driver’s license is one of the most important things to have when you start driving your new car. It is your card not to be arrested for driving without legal documents proving your right to drive. So, before you get behind the wheel, make sure you have a valid driver’s license.
However, you might want to keep in mind that getting a license means completing all the legal papers needed and passing a driver’s permit test.
The state of Michigan requires you to pass the test to ensure that you know and understand the laws and regulations of driving down the road.
But before you focus on passing the exam, you first need to understand the process of obtaining your driver’s license because it’s not just about acing the Michigan permit test.
What’s the Process of Getting a Driver’s License?
There are some variables to consider if you are required to take the knowledge exam and driving skills test. You must take and pass the exam considering that the below category is true to you:
- If you will be getting your driver’s license for the first time
- If your foreign driver’s license has expired
- If your driver’s license from another state has been expired for more than four years
Suppose your case is under one of those above categories. In that case, there are four steps that you need to take note of to get your driver’s license: taking the written test, get the Temporary Instruction Permit, pass the driving skills test, completing all the required documents.
Taking the Driver’s Written Test
The knowledge test or also known as the driver’s written test is the determiner if you’ll be able to continue getting your driver’s license. So, it is important to prepare for the exam and pass it. The test will measure your knowledge with regards to the traffic law of Michigan and driving practices.
You can take the exam at any branch office of the Secretary of State (SOS) if you’re 18 years old and older. However, if you’re someone who’s below that age, there is a specific guideline for you to follow to get your driver’s license. Check out this website to know the guidelines for teenagers who want to get their license.
Preparation for the Written Test
The exam is not actually that hard, especially if you are prepared enough. Here’s what you can do to ace Michigan’s driving exam:
- The Secretary of State encourages the exam takers to read the free downloadable PDF titled “What Every Driver Must Know”. The booklet has most of the answers on the driver’s examination, so reading and understanding the book’s content will help you ace the test. You can also find this booklet at any SOS branch office.
- The driver’s written test usually contains up to 40-50 questions depending on the type of questionnaires they have prepared. Most of the time, they allocate ten items for recognizing road signs, and the 30 or 40 items could fall under multiple-choice or true or false types of questions. If you want to practice answering questions, there are plenty of Michigan permit practice tests that you can print and download online. One trusted website that you can check out to take a practice test online is https://dmvtest.autos/
- If you’re not well versed in reading and speaking English, you can get a translated copy of your permit test in the language you can understand. You can also get an interpreter to take the exam. The local SOS office will give a list of available language interpreters.
- There are also sign language interpreters available upon request for people with hearing impairment, or they can bring an interpreter if they know one.
- Once you take the exam, you’ll know your score immediately after submitting it, and you’ll be qualified to move on to the next step.
Getting the Temporary Instruction Permit
Once you have passed the driver’s written test, the next thing that you’ll do is to get a Temporary Instruction Permit. You will get this permit right after you pass the driver’s written exam. When you get this permit, you will be given 180 days to practice driving. Although, you need to be accompanied by a licensed adult. The TIP usually costs $25.
You need at least 30 days practicing driving with an adult before you can move on to the next step of getting your driver’s license which is the driving skills test.
Taking the Driving Skills Test
After practicing for 30 days, you can go to any SOS-approved third-party testing organizations where you can take the driving skills test. The driving test fees might be different from one testing site to another. SO, better check the costs and location of the testing organization online.
Parts of the Driving Skills Test
Before taking the driving skills test, you can get a copy of the Study Guide regarding the driving skills test published by the SOS to ace the exam. The Guide is available on any SOS branch, and you can also get it on their website for free.
In taking the driving skills test, you will need to pass the two levels of the skills test. On the first level, you will not drive along the street first. There will be a practice course where you will need to pass series of basic control exercises. Then on the second part, you will now take a road skills test including urban, expressway, residential and rural highway driving.
Finally, after you pass the driving skills test, you will get a certificate, and you are now eligible to get a driver’s license. You will just have to bring all the documents that you’ve acquired, such as your Temporary Instruction Permit, driver’s skills certificate, and other identification documents, to the SOS office.
Here’s a rundown of other required documents that you need to finally get your driver’s license:
- Documents proving your identity, like school ID, marriage licenses, U.S military ID cards, and other documents that are proving that you are actually you
- Documents proving that you are a legal citizen of the U.S
- Documents confirming that you are living in Michigan
- Social Security Number or documents supporting that eligible to get one
You can find the complete list of the required documents at the official website of the State of Michigan.