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Michigan Knowledge Test

Are You Required to Take the Test?

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

To convert a valid out-of-state license there is no requirement to take the knowledge test.

Michigan Knowledge Test

Applicants age 18 or older will be given the written knowledge test at the Secretary of State office when applying for a Temporary Instruction Permit.

Applicants less than 18 must pass a knowledge test as a part of the Segment 1 driver education class.

If you have difficulty speaking or reading English, ask for a list of available foreign language interpreters. The test is also available in many other languages.

Hearing-impaired customers can request a sign language interpreter in advance or use their own interpreter.

Are You Ready for Your Drivers Permit Test?


Read the state Driver's Manual or Handbook. All real permit test questions are based on the material in this manual. Get familiar with all areas and learn the laws and rules presented. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted.

Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.

Take several of our driver permit practice tests to make sure you are ready for the real examination.

Our Practice Tests

Our permit and license practice tests contain 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is a common passing score in most states. You should, however, aim for a score of 90% or more on a permit practice test.

Read Carefully

Read all questions and answers carefully. You will see many DMV test answers, but do NOT focus on memorizing exact phrases - focus on understanding! The practice permit test questions may be repeated with several different alternatives and different wording. Real DMV permit test questions are created the same way.

All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct and acceptable. If you see All of the above, None of the above, or similar as one alternative, make sure you evaluate all alternatives carefully.


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