FAQ: Do I meet the qualifications to obtain a Michigan Drivers Education Certificate?

To qualify for a Driver Education instructor certificate from the Michigan Secretary of State an applicant must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Possess a valid driver license that has been in effect for 5 continuous years
  • Not have 3 or more driver license denials, suspensions, or revocations – Section 59 PA 384
  • Not have 4 or more points for a conviction or civil infraction within 5 years under MVC 257.320a
  • Not have 6 or more points for a driver license suspension or revocation within 2 years under MVC 257.320
  • Not have a Dr. Ed. certificate suspended or revoked in Michigan or any other state
  • Complete a criminal history check
  • Have no pending criminal matter
  • Submit a $45 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit a certified medical examination not older than 90 days
  • Submit a certificate of completion from a college, university, or person approved by the secretary of state showing: Required Courses: DTA, DCK, DVOS, & a Practicum at the equivalent of not less than 2 semester hours per course
  • Obtain a Conditional Certificate
  • This is a partial listing of the instructor requirements. Please see PA 384, Section 17 for more details on instructor certification. www.michigan.gov

During the Instructor Prep program all of the above requirements are reviewed with each instructor through the Driver Education Provider Manual. All instructor preparation programs are required to inform each teacher candidate of the requirements before the course work begins.

Be aware that Driver Education Certification is the responsibility of the individual instructor after the course work is completed. An instructor no longer needs to be licensed for each school they wish to teach in.