How to Replace a Lost Level 1 Driver Learner's Permit in Michigan


The state of Michigan requires all drivers younger than 18 learning to drive obtain a graduated driver's license, which is a Level 1 license. Level 1 is the issuance of the learner's permit by passing the first level of driver's education courses; you may begin Level 1 when you are 14 years, nine months old; pass a vision test; and have your parents' signatures on your application. You must hold your Level 1 learner's permit for at least six months before you can apply for Level 2 but you must be at least 16 years of age to apply. If you lose your Level 1 permit, replace it by contacting the Michigan Secretary of State and following the replacement process for any Michigan driver's license.

  • Apply for a replacement or duplicate Level 1 license at any secretary of state office in Michigan (see Resources). Drivers younger than 18 must have a parent or legal guardian present when applying for a replacement license.

  • Provide the required proof of identity, such as your passport, a certified copy of your birth certificate or a Michigan state identification card, to the secretary of state's office clerk.

  • Pay the replacement fee, which is $9 as of 2011. Depending on the secretary of state's office where you apply for your duplicate license, the acceptable method of payment varies. Your Level 1 replacement permit is issued while you wait.


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