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Michigan Drivers License Restrictions

Michigan Drivers License Restrictions

In certain cases, the SOS may limit your driving privileges to operating a vehicle only when certain conditions are met. In such cases, a restriction is placed onto your drivers license. Some of the Michigan drivers license restrictions are health dependent while other may reflect the driver's driving skill. Due to the state's complex graduated drivers license system, there are also separate restrictions that apply to each type of the graduate teen license. If you have any questions about a specific Michigan drivers license restriction code, you may always contact the Secretary of State for assistance.

Michigan Drivers License Restriction Codes

Sadly, we we unable to locate the full list of Michigan license restriction codes, so if you have a restriction on your drivers license that is not related to the Michigan graduated drivers license program, please contact a local SOS office for assistance.

Level 1 License Restrictions

When you complete a Michigan segment one drivers education course, visit the SOS to take a vision test and file your application for a level one drivers license. If everything goes well and you are issued with a drivers license, you will have to observe the following level one drivers license restrictions:

  • Supervising driving only. The license holder may only drive while accompanied by a licensed parent, legal guardian or a designated driver age 21 or older
  • No communication devices. You cannot use your cell phone while driving a car
  • Traffic violations. No traffic infractions are allowed during the 90 days immediately preceding the application for a level 2 license

These drivers license restrictions must be observed for at least six months, until you take a Michigan drivers test and upgrade to a level 2 drivers license.

Level 2 License Restrictions

A level 2 license giver you a little more freedom, but still doesn't grant you full driving privileges. The following Michigan level 2 license restrictions apply:

  • Curfew. No unsupervised driving allowed between midnight and 5 a.m. If you need to travel during this period, you must have a supervising driver accompany you.
  • Cell phones. Same as for the level 1 license holders, no cells phones are allowed to those driving a vehicle.
  • According to the graduated license requirements, you must hold your level two drivers license for at least six months and you have to be at least 17 years of age in order to be able to upgrade to a level 3 drivers license.

Level 3 License Restrictions

A level three drivers license is a full unrestricted Michigan drivers license, there are no special restrictions that you need to observe.

Temporary Instruction Permit Restrictions

If you are 18 years of age, your way towards an unrestricted license lies through a Michigan temporary instruction permit. You can can issued with a permit only once you pass the Michigan permit test. Those looking for study materials that could help them prepare for the test should grab a copy of the Michigan drivers license book and take a few Michigan drivers practice tests.

When you are issued with a permit, you have to observe the following Michigan temporary permit restrictions:

  • Supervised driving only. You must have a licensed driver 21 years old or older seated next to you at all times while operating a motor vehicle. You are not allowed to drive alone.
  • No cell phones. Using communication devices while driving is not permitted. If you have to make a phone call, please stop, switch off the engine and make your call.

The permit must be held for at least 30 days before you can go ahead and take a drivers license test to receive an unrestricted Michigan drivers license.