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      Driving
     

     
      Commercial Drivers
      How do I apply for an original Commercial Driver License (CDL)?
      How do I convert an out-of-state Commercial Driver License (CDL) to a Michigan CDL?
      What tests are necessary to renew a Commercial Driver License (CDL)?
      If I currently have a hazardous materials endorsement, do I need to apply for a background record check before I renew?
      How do I apply for the background record check?
      How much will this cost?
      Why should I preregister?
      How long does the background record check take?
      How will I know if I passed the background record check?
      Where can I go to get a fingerprint check completed?
      Will I be required to show any identification when I get fingerprinted?
      Why do I have to provide my fingerprints every four years?
      When do the hazardous materials endorsement approvals issued by the Transportation Security Administration expire?
      What do I need to do if I am moving to Michigan and need a hazardous materials endorsement?
      Where can I find out more about these rules and laws?
      Where can I find more information?
      What are my rights if I am denied?
     
     
      Commercial Drivers - Self and Medical Certification
      What must I do to comply with the new requirements to make my medical certification part of my CDL driving record?
      How do I determine which type of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation I should self-certify to?
      What if I do not need to renew, upgrade or transfer my CDL between Jan. 30, 2012 and Jan. 30, 2014?
      After I provide the Secretary of State's Office with my unexpired medical examiner's certificate, do I still have to carry it with me when operating a commercial motor vehicle?
      What should I do with the medical examiner's certificate beginning on Jan. 30, 2014?
      What if I am required to have a medical variance document along with my medical examiner's certificate?
      If my commercial motor vehicle operation changes to other than non-excepted interstate, what should I do?
      Must I visit a Secretary of State office to report a change to my type of commercial motor vehicle operation certification?
      What should I do when my medical certificate or medical variance is about to expire?
      What happens if my medical examiner's certificate or variance expires before I provide the Secretary of State's Office with a new one?
      What is the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners and how do I find out more information about it?
     
      Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) Hand-Held Mobile Telephone Ban
      Are wired or wireless earpieces allowed?
      Are CMV drivers allowed to use push-to-talk mobile communications equipment while driving?
      Are holders of a commercial driver's license (CDL) subject to the regulation only when driving a CMV, as defined in 49 CFR 383.5, or any vehicle?
      What drivers are covered by the federal rule? Drivers who operate a CMV intrastate or interstate? Drivers who hold a CDL? Or is it operation of all CMVs?
      What is required of the employer in terms of company policy or training?
      Is dialing a phone number allowed under this rule?
      Can a driver reach for a mobile telephone even if he/she intends to use the hands-free function?
      Are tow trucks exempt?
      What is considered "driving a CMV" when prohibited from using a hand held mobile telephone?
     
     
      Disability Parking
      Who qualifies for a disability license plate or parking placard?
      How do I obtain a disability license plate or parking placard?
      What is the fee for a disability license plate or parking placard?
      How long is a disability parking placard valid?
      How do I renew a disability license plate or parking placard?
      How do I replace a lost or stolen disability parking placard?
      Who qualifies for a free-parking sticker?
      How do I obtain a free-parking sticker?
      Can I have more than one disability parking placard at the same time?
      Can I have both a disability license plate and parking placard?
      Is my disability license plate or parking placard honored in other states?
     
     
      Driver Education
      Where can my child take driver education?
      What things should I consider when determining where to send my child?
      My child has special needs. What accommodations can or will be provided during driver education?
      Is there financial assistance for my child to take driver education?
      My child took driver education in another state. Will his permit/license be accepted in Michigan? Who do I talk to about it?
      We will be moving to another state. Will a driver education certificate of completion received in Michigan be recognized by another state?
      There are a number of driver education programs and online courses offered over the Internet. Are they acceptable in Michigan?
      I have a complaint. What should I do?
      I home school my children. Can I home school them in driver education?
     
     
      Driver Education Providers/Instructors
      What do I need to qualify to become a driver education instructor?
      What information is a provider required to maintain?
      Once I receive my instructor certification, what do I need to do?
      What are my options for professional development?
      What is the deadline for meeting professional development requirements?
      How many times will the test versions be changed? This in turn will affect how many copies will have to be made up.
      Will there be a different test available for students with special needs?
      When will the Segment 1 and Segment 2 knowledge tests be available?
      How can I obtain additional copies of the curriculum?
      When must the curriculum be implemented?
      What reports are providers required to submit and when?
     
     
      Driver Reexamination
      What do I need to do to get my driver's license reinstated?
     
     
      Driver License Appeal Hearings
      What do I need to do to get my driver's license reinstated?
      How do I appeal the loss of my driving privileges?
     
     
      Driver's License & State Identification Cards
      How do I replace a lost or stolen driver's license?
      Can I drive if my driver's license expires on a weekend or holiday?
      Where can I obtain an International Driving Permit?
      How do I convert my out-of-state driver's license to a Michigan license?
      Why can't I have both a state identification card and a driver's license?
      Can I drive on my Level 1 Learner's License in another state?
      Can I drive on my out-of-state driver's license while temporarily in Michigan?
      What do I do about someone else using my driver's license?
      Can you send me an application to extend or to renew my driver's license while I am out of state?
      What is the recreational double endorsement and when is it needed?
      How do I replace a lost or stolen identification card?
      Can I obtain a state identification card if my license is suspended?
      What do I do about someone else using my state identification card?
      How does the Michigan penalty point system work?
      How long do points remain on my driving record?
      How long do tickets stay on my driving record?
      Will out-of-state traffic tickets show up on my Michigan driving record?
      How do I get a copy of my driving record?
      Why don't the points on the copy of my driving record match the points my insurance company says I have?
      What do I do if the information on my driving record is incorrect?
      What types of driver's licenses does Michigan issue?
     
     
      Proof of Identity
      What types of documents can I use to obtain an original driver's license or personal identification card?
      How do I obtain a duplicate birth certificate, marriage license or divorce decree?
      Can I present photocopies or fax copies of my identity documents?
      How do I change my name on my driver's license or state identification card?
      How many identity documents do I need to present to obtain an original driver's license or personal identification card?
      Can I present a foreign identity document as proof of my identity?
     
     
      Proof of Residency
      Why is the Secretary of State asking for proof of residency?
      What is the difference between "proof of residency" and "legal presence"?
      "Why is the Secretary of State asking for proof of identity, legal presence, Michigan residency and Social Security number from all original driver's license and PID applicants?
      When do I have to provide proof of residency?
      What is acceptable documentation?
      What happens if I visit a branch with identification but no proof of residency?
      Why aren't cell phone bills accepted?
      What if I just moved to Michigan and do not have a residency document?
     
     
      Social Security Numbers
      Why is the Secretary of State collecting Social Security numbers?
      Where can I get a Social Security card?
      What if I don't have a Social Security number?
      Who will see my Social Security number?
     
     
      Driver Responsibility Program
      What if I have questions about the Driver Responsibility program?
     
     
      Enhanced Driver's License and State ID Card
      What is the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) and how does it affect me?
      What is an enhanced driver's license or state ID card?
      How do I apply for an enhanced license or state ID card?
      Do I need to pass any written knowledge or driving skills tests to get an enhanced driver's license?
      How long will it take to get my enhanced driver's license or state ID card?
      How does the enhanced driver's license or state ID card differ from a standard driver's license or ID card?
      Who has access to the personal information I provide when I apply for an enhanced driver's license or state ID card?
      Which Secretary of State offices issue the enhanced license or state ID card?
      What are the fees associated with an enhanced driver's license or state ID card?
      I just renewed my license before the enhanced license was available. Can I get credit for my renewal towards an enhanced license?
      If I apply for an enhanced license or ID card, when will it expire?
      Am I required to get an enhanced driver's license or state ID card?
      Do I need an enhanced driver's license or state ID card if I am younger than 18?
      I regularly transport groups of young people across the border for special events. What should I do to ensure that all of my group can cross?
      Do I need an enhanced driver's license or state ID card when traveling to U.S. territories?
      Is an enhanced driver's license or state ID acceptable for domestic air travel?
      Do I need an enhanced driver's license or state ID card if I am going on a cruise?
      Do I need an enhanced driver's license or state ID card if I am traveling to and from Canada in my own boat or by ferry?
      Will I be able to use an enhanced driver's license or state ID card outside of Michigan?
      How do I get a replacement if my enhanced driver's license or state ID card is lost or stolen?
      The protective sleeve for my enhanced card is worn, damaged, or lost. Can I get another one?
      Do I need an enhanced driver's license or state ID card if I am a Native American?
      Can I get an enhanced driver's license or state ID card if I have a green card or work visa?
      Can I get an enhanced driver's license if I am in the military and stationed outside of Michigan?
      Can I apply for an enhanced driver's license or state ID card online or by mail?
      How is my enhanced driver's license or state ID card used when I cross the border?
      Can I turn off the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip?
      Will the Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chip allow someone to track my location?
      Is the RFID technology safe?
      What types of driver's licenses does Michigan issue?
     
     
      Financial Responsibility
      What can I do if my driver's license is suspended due to a financial-responsibility judgment.
      What is a financial-responsibility judgment?
      What is financial-responsibility insurance?
      What is a partial-payment agreement?
      What can I do if I am trying to set up a partial-payment agreement, but the injured party refuses to sign an agreement?
      What do I have to do if have a financial-responsibility driver's license and I want to purchase another vehicle?
     
     
      Graduated Driver License Program
      What is a Graduated Driver's License?
      What documents will my child need when applying for their Graduated Driver's License?
      When is my child eligible to take a driving skills test?
      What is a driving skills test?
      What are the restrictions for Level 2 drivers under the Graduated Driver's Licensing program?
      My Level 2 teen driver has a school-sanctioned event that will necessitate travel after 10 p.m. Can he/she drive unaccompanied under the authorized activity exception?
      My Level 2 teen driver and two other under 21-year-old friends all work at the same location. If their job necessitates travel between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., can they all ride in one car under the employment exception without a parent, legal guardian, or licensed adult over 21 years old?
      What are the penalties for violating the Level 2 restrictions?
      Is it illegal for teen drivers to use cell phones while driving?
     
     
      Losing Your Driving Privilege
      What do I need to do to get my driver's license reinstated?
      How does the Michigan penalty point system work?
      How long do points remain on my driving record?
      How long do tickets stay on my driving record?
     
     
      Motorcycle Safety Program
      Do I need to have any riding experience before I enroll in a course?
      Do I have to take a motorcycle safety course to get my cycle endorsement?
      I am in the military and stationed outside of the state/country. How can I get an endorsement on my Michigan license to ride on base?
      Can I take a safety training course outside the state of Michigan to add the required endorsement to my Michigan driver's license?
      What do I have to do to get a cycle endorsement on my license?
      What do I need to bring for my motorcycle safety course?
      Do I have to provide my own motorcycle for the safety course?
      How many different classes are offered?
      How long is the motorcycle safety course?
      Where can I get a list of courses offered?
      Where can I register for a course?
      Where can I register for an Off Road Vehicle (ORV) course?
      Where can I register for scooter school?
      What is the difference between a motorcycle and a moped (or a scooter)?
      Is there a charge to replace the completion card?
      I have lost my completion card. Where can I get a duplicate?
      After I finish the course, will I be ready to ride?
      Why should I take a motorcycle safety course?
     
     
      Basic Driver Improvement Course
      Course Sponsors

      How do I become a course sponsor and provide classes?
      If I am not authorized by the National Safety Council to provide the Defensive Driving Course, how can I be approved as a course sponsor?
      What are the curriculum requirements for the course?
      How do I sign up for EFT?
      Do I need to set up a new EFT account for BDIC if I already have an EFT account with the State of Michigan?
      How much may I charge for the course?
      How much of the course fee must be submitted to the Michigan Department of State?
      How do I report a customer's pass/fail course results?
      What happens if a customer took the course and passed it on time, but I provided the results after the due date?
      What should I do if I made a mistake when entering a course result on the Basic Driver Improvement Course website?
      How will customers know about my company?
      What steps can I take if my application to be a course sponsor was not approved?
     
      Public

      What Are Basic Driver Improvement Courses (BDIC)?
      Who is eligible for this program?
      How much does the BDIC cost?
      What are BDIC sponsors?
      What happens if I pass the BDIC?
      Do I still have to pay for the ticket or court costs if I pass the BDIC?
      How do I show that I passed the course?
      What should I do with the Certificate of Completion that the sponsor gave to me?
      What if I miss the 60 day deadline?
      What if I don't pass the BDIC?
      Can I appeal if I don't pass?
      How often can I take the BDIC to avoid points on my record?
      Can I take the BDIC again if I don't pass?
      What do I do if I lost the letter saying I am eligible?
      What would disqualify me from the BDIC program?
      What tickets are eligible for this program?
      What do other states do in regards to this program?
      Am I eligible to take a Basic Driver Improvement Course if I received a traffic ticket in another state?
      May I take the driver improvement course in another state if I am eligible but will be out of state for a while?
      What can I do if I never received a notice that I was eligible?
      How can I check my driving record?
      Why should I take the BDIC for a zero-point ticket?
     

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