Michigan Online Driver Education

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Driver ed designed with you in mind

When teens are first learning to drive, they are highly receptive to important messages about the dangers of unsafe driving and driving while intoxicated. That is why it is so important for parents to get involved at this initial stage to ensure proper and thorough education to help set ground rules and instill good driving habits, as their teen takes on the responsibility of operating a motor vehicle.

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Course Syllabus

Course Duration

This online driver education course is not timed.

Final Exam

The final exam is online and may be taken as many times as necessary until the student has scored 85% or better.


After you complete the course, we will send you a certificate of completion; however, it will not satisfy your state’s permit or licensing requirements and is intended for your records only.


  1. 1
    1.1 Course Description
    1.2 Welcome
    1.3 Account Navigation
    1.4 Course Objectives
    1.5 Important Reminder
    1.6 Course Requirements
  2. 2
    2.1 Preparing to Drive: Your Vehicle
    2.2 Vehicle Safety Matters
    2.3 Safety Equipment: Interior
    2.4 Seatbelts and Child Restraints
    2.5 Safety Equipment: Exterior
    2.6 Equipment Not Permitted
    2.7 Carbon Monoxide
    2.8 Vehicle Safety Maintenance
    2.9 Bumper Height Requirements
    2.10 Trailers, Towing, and Load
    2.11 Chapter Review
  3. 3
    3.1 Preparing to Drive: You the Driver
    3.2 Physical Conditions
    3.3 Drowsy Driving
    3.4 Emotions & Stress
    3.5 Road Rage
    3.6 Distracted Driving
    3.7 Characteristics of a Good Driver
    3.8 The Dangers of Drinking and Driving
    3.9 Chapter Review
  4. 4
    4.1 Alcohol, Drugs & the Dangers of Driving Under the Influence
    4.2 The Effects of Alcohol on Driving Ability
    4.3 The Effects of Drugs on Driving Ability
    4.4 Other Effects of Drugs & Alcohol
    4.5 The Price of Driving Under the Influence
    4.6 Ending Up Addicted
    4.7 Preventing Impaired Driving
    4.8 Chapter Review
  5. 5
    5.1 Traffic Controls
    5.2 Traffic Control Signals
    5.3 Pavement Markings: Lines and Lanes
    5.4 Crosswalks & Other Pavement Markings
    5.5 Traffic Signs Colors and Shapes
    5.6 Regulatory Signs
    5.7 Warning Signs
    5.8 School Zones
    5.9 Railroad Crossings & Drawbridges
    5.10 Construction & Maintenance Zones
    5.11 Chapter Review
  6. 6
    6.1 Driving Safely
    6.2 Basic Control Tasks: Starting
    6.3 Basic Control Tasks: Vehicle Operation
    6.4 Speed & Speed Limits
    6.5 Braking Distance
    6.6 Safe Following Distances
    6.7 Right-of-Way
    6.8 Intersections
    6.9 Making Turns
    6.10 Passing & Being Passed
    6.11 Parking
    6.12 Chapter Review
  7. 7
    7.1 Expressway Driving
    7.2 Introduction to Expressways
    7.3 Expressways: Entering & Merging
    7.4 Expressways: Lane Management
    7.5 Expressways: Safety & Special Conditions
    7.6 Expressways: Exiting
    7.7 Chapter Review
  8. 8
    8.1 Sharing The Road
    8.2 Vulnerable Road Users
    8.3 Sharing the Road with Pedestrians
    8.4 Sharing the Road with Bicycles
    8.5 Sharing the Road with Motorcycles
    8.6 Sharing the Road with Commercial Vehicles
    8.7 Sharing the Road with Other Vehicles
    8.8 Chapter Review
  9. 9
    9.1 Preventing and Handling Accidents
    9.2 Defensive Driving
    9.3 Escape Techniques
    9.4 Vehicle Emergencies
    9.5 Special Driving Situations
    9.6 Your Responsibilities After a Crash
    9.7 Chapter Review
  10. 10
    10.1 Your Driving Privilege
    10.2 Insurance Laws
    10.3 Graduated Licensing
    10.4 Motorcycle Licensing
    10.5 Losing Your License
    10.6 Chapter Review
  11. 11
    11.1 Road Trips and Vehicle Tips
    11.2 The Highway Transportation System
    11.3 Planning a Trip
    11.4 Using Maps
    11.5 Energy Efficiency
    11.6 Chapter Review
  12. 12
    12.1 Final Exam
    12.2 Final Exam Instructions


Michigan Online Driver Education and Online Driver Ed Courses

DriverEdToGo.com is the most popular Michigan online drivers education program in the state. Our Michigan online drivers ed course has everything you need to qualify for Department of Motor Vehicles learner’s permit.

  • Multiple settings for course completion
  • Certificate processed the day of course completion
  • Pay only if you complete the course
  • Audio narration of course available
  • Qualify for reduced insurance rates
  • 24 hour technical and customer support

Michigan Licensing Procedures

Your first part of the process involves applying for a learner permit. This will be your first Michigan driver’s license, and as a teen you will progress through the Graduated Drivers License Program for teen drivers in Michigan. A few simple recommendations can ensure that your application is complete and that the process moves along smoothly.

Your Michigan Learner’s Permit

The learner permit is also referred to as the instructional permit. The following steps should be completed before you officially apply for your permit:

  • Satisfactory health and vision screening

Complete a driver’s training course that includes:

  • 24 hours of documented classroom instruction
  • Six hours of behind the wheel driving instruction
  • Four hours of driving observation time
  • Pass an approved written test

You will receive a certificate of completion once you have completed the previously mentioned steps, and you can take your certificate to a nearby Michigan Secretary of State office along with:

  • Your drivers education certificate
  • Personal information and required documents
  • A parent, guardian, or a designated licensed adult who has a letter of authorization from your guardian or parent.

You will receive a Michigan Level 1 learner license at this point. This will allow you to drive with another licensed driver who is at least 21-years-old. After you have had your learner permit for three months, you may be ready for the next step in the Graduated License program.

The Michigan Intermediate Driver License

You can apply for your intermediate driver license provided you:

  • Hold your Level 1 learner license for a minimum of three months
  • Complete two hours of supervised driving and thirty hours total of supervised driving time

You can begin Segment 2 of the Graduated Drivers License program once you have completed the previous steps. Segment 2 requires you to complete:

  • Six hours of classroom instruction
  • Two hours of maximum instruction each day
  • Fifty hours of documented supervised driving

Any traffic violations will result in a ninety day wait before you can apply.
You will receive a certificate after you complete the previous requirements, and this Segment 2 certificate is part of the documentation that you can take to a nearby Secretary of State office. Your guardian or parent will need to sign your Level II intermediate license application to verify that you have completed the fifty hours of required driving time. You can take your road test at this point, and you will earn an intermediate driver license if you pass. Passing your road test and getting your new license is a big step, but you will still be required to drive with some restrictions.

Teen Drivers License Penalties and Restrictions

You should remember the following restrictions when you are driving with a Michigan intermediate driver license:

  • No driving allowed between twelve midnight and five in the morning unless you are accompanied by a guardian or parent
  • There is an exception if you are driving to or from your place of employment

You can apply for a Michigan Level III driver’s license after you have had your Level II license for twelve months. The Level III license is unrestricted.

Financial Responsibility and Auto Insurance Laws in Michigan

Proper licensing is required in order to drive legally, and any vehicle that is registered in the state of Michigan must be covered by a minimum coverage amount of liability insurance:

  • Twenty thousand dollars per person to cover bodily injury
  • Forty thousand dollars for each accident to cover bodily injury
  • Ten thousand dollars to cover property damage

Your learner permit or junior operator license may be suspended and you may be fined if you are found driving without the mandatory Michigan liability insurance.

Michigan Cell Phone, Text Messaging, and Drunk Driving Laws

Michigan teen drivers should understand the serious nature and consequences of using cell phones, text messaging, and drinking as they relate to driving. A Michigan DUI conviction comes with these penalties:

  • A potential jail sentence of 93 days
  • A one hundred to five hundred dollar fine
  • A one thousand dollar Driver Responsibility that lasts for two years
  • A driver license suspension for up to six months
  • Six points on your driver’s license
  • Mandatory community service of up to 360 hours, vehicle immobilization, and ignition interlock

Further DUI convictions will lead to more jail time, fines, community service, license suspension or license revocation.

State law does not prohibit teens from using cell phones while they are driving, but Detroit requires hands-free devices for cell phone use while driving. The fine for violating this law is one hundred dollars.

Michigan Online Drivers Ed

Teen drivers in Michigan must enroll in driver education programs. You can find comprehensive listings of approved drivers education courses on the State website.

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