"Test with the Best"

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long must I drive on my level I license before I can take the road test?
You must hold your level I license for at least 180 days, complete segment II program, have 50 hours of logged driving time (10 hours of the 50 being night time driving) and be between the ages of 15 and 17.

2. How long will the test take?
The completion of paper work, parking lot exercises, and driving the in-traffic route will take about 45 minutes.

3. After taking the test, what happens next?
If you passed the test, you do not need to return to a Secretary of State branch office to obtain your new license, the new photo license will be mailed to you.
4 Download Michigan Requirements Checklist.

4. What happens if I should fail the part of the test in the parking lot?
The test is terminated and you will not be allowed to do the remainder of the test in traffic.

5. How tough is it to pass the test?
All examiners will tell you that the scoring of the test is very forgiving.  Those who do well are well prepared and are only a little nervous.  The best advice is to review the booklet Driving Skills Test Study Guide and actually practice the parking lot exercises.

There is no mention made in the guide that actually encourages you to practice.  However, in addition to practicing the three exercises in the parking lot, you should review The On-the-Road Test description in the booklet (p. 16).   As you do so, ask yourself if your current driving follows those guidelines.  You should have been provided with this booklet upon receiving your Level One Learner's License or your Temporary Instruction Permit at the Secretary of State office.

6. Are you ready for the state required driving test?
The state required DRIVING SKILLS TEST must be passed before you are eligible to receive a Michigan driver's license.  To help you determine if you are ready for the test, you should review the booklet DRIVING SKILLS TEST STUDY GUIDE.  You should have received this from the Secretary of State office or a driver education program.  It's also here on this website.   This booklet describes exactly what to expect and how the test is scored.  If interested, you can make an appointment (734-536-0409) to have this one-hour session done to determine your readiness to pass the test.  This evaluation will include:
Performing the 3 BASIC CONTROL SKILLS exercises that are done on the actual test site (see pages 13 to 15 in the booklet).
Evaluation Fee: $75

7. What if I don't bring the required documents?
Failure to bring a required document will result in a $30 charge.  If you are under the age of 18, but did not bring a parent or legal guardian to the road test, you will be turned away and will be charged a $30 fee.

8. What if my vehicle does not pass the vehicle inspection?
You will not be allowed to test, and you will be charged $30.

9. What if I am running late for my road test appointment?
If you are 15 minutes or more late for your road test, you will not be tested, and you will be charged $30.

10. What if I need to cancel or reschedule my road test?
To cancel or reschedule a road test, you must contact our office at least 48 hours in advance.  If you call after hours, then you will need to leave a voicemail with your name, phone number, and brief reason for your call within the 48 hour grace period, as the voicemail will provide the date and time of your call.  If you do not show up for your road test, or do not contact our office 48 hours in advance, you will forfeit the fee for the road test, and have to pay again in full for another test.  You may also email us at least 48 hours in advance for cancellation, instead of voicemail.

11. Can I practice at the road test site?
No - legally, you cannot practice on the road test site.  The site is set up only during scheduled test times.

12. Can I use a backup camera during the road test?

13. What if I lose my Driving Skills Test Receipt?
For reissue there is a $30 fee.  Call or email our office.

Please drive over to where you see orange traffic cones set up on the pavement.  (There are maps on this website -
see Test Location.)
Chris Dimanin