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Last Update: September 22, 2011 
Frequently Asked Questions

 Driving
How do I replace a lost or stolen driver's license?

Answer:


Online - in state or out of state


You may request a replacement standard license through ExpressSOS whether you are in state or out of state. A branch office visit will be required if you have changed your address within the last 10 days or renewed your license within the last four weeks. Enhanced licenses cannot be replaced online.

At a Secretary of State office

If you are in Michigan, take acceptable proof of identification and your Social Security number to a Secretary of State office.  Acceptable identity documents for the standard and enhanced licenses vary, but some of the documents that accepted for either include a valid, unexpired passport, a certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised seal issued by a U.S. or U.S. territory government office, federal or Michigan government issued photo ID card or a valid U.S. military photo ID card. More than one document may be required - faxes and photocopies are not accepted. Please refer to the Applying for a License or ID form (standard license) or the Applying for an Enhanced License or ID form (enhanced license) for more information.

Fees for a duplicate license differ, depending on license type.  Review the Standard License Fee Chart and the Enhanced License Fee Chart for complete details.

Out of State - by mail

If out of state, you must provide your complete name (first, middle and last), date of birth, driver's license number, Social Security number and out-of-state address. If you need to replace a standard driver's license and are ineligible for a Social Security number, you must provide a letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration and proof of legal presence. You must have a valid Social Security number to obtain an enhanced license. All Social Security information will be verified.

If you will be back in the state within 180 days, a temporary extension permit will be mailed. If you will not be back in Michigan within that time, a temporary extension permit will be mailed along with a duplicate driver's license application.

For more information about a temporary extension permit or if you have questions about replacing a lost or destroyed license if out of state contact:

Michigan Department of State
Out-of-State Resident Services Unit
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918

Phone: (517) 322-1473
Fax: (517) 322-5438

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