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Michigan Driver’s License & Permit Practice Tests 2021

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Michigan (MI) Practice Tests

The Michigan permit practice tests at Driver’s Prep have 25 random questions to help you pass your permit test.

You can find answers to all questions in the MI driver’s handbook “What Every Driver Must Know” published by Michigan Secretary of State (SOS).

When you study for your temporary permit or full (adult) driver’s license, you should start by getting the latest version of the Michigan handbook. You can get it online or a copy at any Secretary of State branch office.

After building up some basic knowledge from the guide, use the practice tests to check your progress and if you are ready for the real permit exam or not. Remember, focus on understanding questions and answers, not just memorizing them.

After each practice question, you get instant feedback. You will know if your answer is correct or not. If you miss a question, there is a short explanation. Make sure you read it and the corresponding chapter in “What Every Driver Must Know”.

Why Should I take Practice Tests?

Why Should I Take the Michigan Practice Tests?

How do practice tests help?

The online practice tests have two purposes.

  • They help you recap important areas of “What Every Driver Must Know”.
  • They help you verify that you have learned important rules and road signs and tell you if you are ready for the real test or not.

Driving is a complex task. You need to be well-prepared every time you get behind the wheel. Knowledge, training, experience, and attitude are all important to be safe on the road.

With knowledge and a good understanding of road rules, safe driving techniques, road signs and traffic signals, you can reduce the risk of getting into accidents.

That is why it is so important to learn the facts in the Michigan Handbook and verify your knowledge.

Don’t just study for the test, study for your own safety on the road.

What is the Passing Score on the MI Permit Test?

The passing score in Michigan is 70 percent.

If you are under 18 years, you take your knowledge tests as part of you driver education. These tests are known as Segment 1 and Segment 2 state exams.

Each of these exams has 40 questions. To pass, you need at least 28 correct answers.

If you are 18 years or older, you apply for your temporary instruction permit at a Secretary of State office and take your knowledge test at the office. This test combines the Segment 1 and Segment 2 exams, which means that you will face a test with 80 questions.

80 questions may sound like an overwhelming test, but you only need 56 correct answers to pass. If you take many practice tests, your chances of passing are particularly good.

When you study with our practice tests, aim for a full score on each test. It gives you a great margin when you attempt the real thing.

When studying 10 hours or more, more than 96% of our users pass the Michigan exam the first time. [ Read more: Top 5 Mistakes Test Takers Make ]

Who must take the Michigan knowledge test?

Who Must Take the Michigan Knowledge Test?

New applicants. If you have never been licensed, you must pass a knowledge test to decide how well you know Michigan traffic laws and safe driving practices.

Applicants under 18 years must complete Michigan’s 3-level Graduated Licensing Program and pass two knowledge exams. If you are over 18 years, there is just one knowledge test.

New residents with a permit. If you move to Michigan and have a permit issued by another state, you must show proof that the driver education meets Michigan’s minimum standards of 30 hours of classroom and six hours of behind-the-wheel training. If not, you must pass Michigan’s state exams.

New residents with out-of-country license. If you move to Michigan from a country other than the United States, Canada, Germany and the Republic of Korea (South Korea), the written exam is required.

Renewal of an expired license. If your Michigan license expired more than four years ago, you must retake all tests.

If you move to Michigan and have a valid out-of-state license, the Secretary of State will usually waive the knowledge test.

Where to Take the Knowledge Exam

Applicants 18 years or older must take the written knowledge test at a Michigan SOS office when applying for the Temporary Instruction Permit. You should arrive at the Secretary of State office at least one hour before closing, otherwise you may not have enough time to complete the knowledge test.

Applicants less than 18 years must pass tests as a part of their Segment 1 and Segment 2 driver education class.

Permit Test - Touch Screen

Good to Know

If you have difficulty speaking or reading English, ask for a list of available foreign language interpreters. The official written test is also available in some other languages. Check with your driver instructor or local State office. Hearing-impaired customers can ask for a sign language interpreter in advance or use their own interpreter.


Michigan Department of State can ask for a re-examination if you have:

  • A physical or mental condition that impairs your ability to drive safely
  • Been involved in three or more negligent crashes resulting in injury or property damage during the last two years
  • Been involved in a fatal crash
  • 12 or more points on your driving record within two years
  • Been convicted of violating the terms, restrictions, or conditions of your driver’s license

50 Practice Tests at Your Fingertips - Driver's Prep

100 Different Practice Tests for Your Michigan DL

When you start practicing, you will see links to 100 different practice tests. Each test has questions from a large database.

The practice tests have questions that are the same or similar to the real test, but the tests are not real knowledge exams. They will only help you prepare for the real thing and help you study. You should be aware that is privately owned and not affiliated with Michigan Secretary of State or any other State Entity.


Have Your Documents Ready

Document Checklist Michigan

Make sure you have the correct documents before visiting a Secretary of State office. Your application for a permit or driver license will not be accepted if any of the necessary documents is missing.

You need:

  • Proof of Social Security Number (1)
  • Proof of legal presence (1)
  • Proof of identity (1)
  • Proof of Michigan residency (2 documents)

If you have any questions about what documents you need, visit SOS FAQ or call the Information Center at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).

COVID-19 Alerts

Michigan Pandemic Alert

Secretary of State service locations in Michigan currently only provide services by appointment, and only services that cannot be completed online, by mail or at a self-service station. Branch offices offer priority driver’s license and state ID appointments for Michigan residents who need to get a first-time license or ID (this includes your knowledge testing). Priority driver’s license and state ID appointments will be available between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday through Monday, Nov. 2.

Customers with scheduled appointments must wear a mask to be allowed entry to and provided service at Secretary of State branch offices.

If your license expired after March 1, 2020, the expiration date of your license was automatically extended through September 30, 2020. No additional extension is expected, which means that you must renew your license before October 1 if it is expired. Otherwise, you risk a ticket for driving without a license!

More Help for Your Written Test

 Video: Michigan Road Sign Test

 Video: Michigan Practice Test 1 – 40 Questions


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