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Free Michigan DOS Permit Practice Test (MI)

  • Perfect for learner’s permit, driver’s license, and Senior Refresher Test
  • Based on official Michigan 2024 Driver's manual
  • Updated for July 2024

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6 min to complete
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This Michigan DOS practice test has just been updated for July 2024 and covers 40 of the most essential road signs and rules questions directly from the official 2024 MI Driver Handbook. A written knowledge test is required for all those applying for a Michigan level 1 license, or temporary instruction permit if over age 18. The written test is comprised of 50 questions from the 2024 Michigan Driver’s Manual and you must correctly answer at least 40 questions to pass. Questions are based on road signage, safe driving laws, and driving restrictions. Michigan has set up a graduated driver licensing program for those under 18 that may begin once you are 14 years and nine months of age. If you’re under 18 and are applying for your stage 1 license, you’ll take your knowledge test as part of your driver education program. In addition to passing the written test, you’ll need to take a standard vision test, provide a Certificate of Completion for segment one of a driver education program if under 18, and pay a $25 fee. If you’re over 18 and getting your temporary instruction permit, you’ll take your test with the Secretary of State office. This SOS permit practice test will help you study Michigan’s driving laws as it is based on the same information as the official knowledge test.


Michigan Learner’s Permit Test FAQs in 2024

What are some tips for passing the permit test?

To pass the permit test in Michigan, study the Michigan Driver’s Manual thoroughly, take practice tests to familiarize yourself with the format and types of questions, and focus on understanding traffic laws, road signs, and safe driving practices.

Can a 16-year-old drive alone?

In Michigan, a 16-year-old can drive alone only if they have a Level 2 Graduated Driver License, which requires having successfully completed Segment 1 and 2 of driver education and holding a Level 1 License for at least six months.

What happens if I fail the permit test?

If you fail the permit test in Michigan, you can retake it, but you might need to wait a day or more, depending on the Secretary of State office’s policy. It’s advisable to review the material before retaking the test.

What is the curfew for a 15-year-old driver?

In Michigan, a 15-year-old with a Level 1 Learner’s License must always be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian, or designated adult aged 21 or older. There are no specific curfew times, but driving is generally expected to be for practice purposes.

How many hours of driving are required to get a license?

In Michigan, you need to complete a minimum of 50 hours of supervised driving, including 10 hours at night, to advance from a Level 1 Learner’s License to a Level 2 Intermediate License.


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List of questions (classic view)

  1. Which headlights should you use when driving behind another vehicle?
  2. You may lose control of your vehicle on a wet road because a layer of water comes between the tires and the surface of the road, causing the vehicle to skid. This effect is known as
  3. If you miss your exit ramp on a freeway, do not back up. Instead,
  4. What does this sign indicate?
  5. What should you do if another driver tailgates your vehicle?
  6. If your vehicle begins to skid, remain calm and do the following
  7. If a passing vehicle has to return into the lane in front of you too quickly to avoid oncoming traffic, you should
  8. What does this sign mean?
  9. While driving, you must maintain _________ in bad weather (such as fog).
  10. You must yield the right-of-way to other vehicles in all of the following situations EXCEPT
  11. A single broken yellow line usually marks the centerline of a two-way roadway where
  12. What does this sign mean?
  13. Crossing a solid white line is
  14. When making a left turn at an intersection, you must yield the right-of-way to
  15. You must maintain a _________ following distance to reduce the chance of a rear-end collision.
  16. This sign indicates that
  17. The stopping distance for a commercial vehicle traveling at 55 mph is about
  18. What is the proper hand signal for a right turn?
  19. A triangular orange sign on the rear of a vehicle indicates that
  20. What does this sign mean?
  21. When traveling in a roundabout, you must always drive
  22. On a freeway with two lanes in each direction, drive in the right lane EXCEPT
  23. Yield lines are typically found at roundabout intersections and mid-block crosswalks to
  24. What does this sign mean?
  25. When you see white triangles painted across a traffic lane, you must be prepared to
  26. When turning, you must signal at least _________ ahead of where you plan to turn.
  27. When you are approaching a railroad crossing and a train is coming, you must stop _________ from the tracks.
  28. What does this sign mean?
  29. Which of the following is NOT a parking violation?
  30. What is the safe or suggested speed limit when you are passing through a designated work area?
  31. What is the legal limit of blood alcohol content (BAC) for a driver who is at least 21 years old?
  32. What does this sign mean?
  33. When you see or hear an emergency vehicle approaching from any direction, you must
  34. When exiting a freeway, you should first enter
  35. On long trips, you can avoid highway hypnosis by
  36. This traffic signal directs you to
  37. At an intersection, a steady yellow arrow pointing left indicates that
  38. On a four-lane divided roadway or a one-way road, a solid yellow line usually marks
  39. If you are being passed by another vehicle,
  40. What does this device mean?