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Social Security Requirements
Why is a Social Security number needed to apply for a driver's
license or state identification card?
Michigan law requires the Department of State to collect and verify Social
Security numbers before issuing a driver's license or state identification card.
(Michigan Vehicle Code, 1949 PA 300, as amended by 1998 PA 330; and State
Identification Card Act, 1972 PA 222, as amended by 2008 PA 31.)
Social Security numbers are used for child support collection and to assist in
What do I have to bring to a Secretary of State office to prove I have a valid
Social Security number?
The following documents will be accepted:
- Your Social Security card.
- W-2 or 1099 form.
- Pay stub containing your name and
Social Security number.
- Valid U.S. military ID card with photo
(DD-2 or CAC card). (Documents expired less than one year will also be
- If you are ineligible for a Social
Security number, you must have a letter of ineligibility from the Social
Security Administration attesting to that fact. Letters that are more than
30 days old will not be accepted.
All Social Security information will be
verified. If you fail to provide a valid Social Security number or provide proof
demonstrating your ineligibility, your driver's license or state ID application
cannot be processed.
Who will see my Social Security number?
Concerted effort and planning has taken place to ensure this information is
protected. It is important for the public to know that the Social Security
numbers are not displayed or encoded on the driver's license or ID card. This
information is limited to select individuals in government agencies as allowed
by law. Michigan has worked hard to ensure the proper safeguards were in place
to protect the personal privacy of state residents.
How do I apply for a Social Security number?
If you have never been issued a Social Security card, you may apply for one at
no cost at a
local Social Security office. You will need to:
- Bring a completed
(Application for a Social Security Card) and,
- Provide at least two documents to
confirm your age, identity and citizenship or legal presence.
Acceptable documents include but are not
limited to an original birth certificate, a U.S. hospital record of your birth,
valid U.S. driver's license, state-issued identification card or U.S. passport.
Only originals or copies certified by the agency that issued the document will
be accepted. Individuals who are not U.S. citizens must provide a current U.S.
immigration document and foreign passport with biographical information or
You should receive your new Social Security card in about two weeks.
My Social Security card was lost or stolen. How do I get a
You should apply for a new card at your
Security office. There is no cost. You will need to bring a valid U.S.
driver's license, state identification card or U.S. passport to verify your
identity. You will also need to complete a Form SS-5 (Application for a Social
Security Card). If you were born outside of the U.S., you will need to show
proof of your U.S. citizenship or current lawful, work-authorized immigration
My name has changed since I got my Social Security card. Will
it be accepted when I apply for my driver's license or state ID card?
You should first visit your
Security office to apply for a card in your new name before heading to a
Secretary of State office. The Social Security Administration requires you to
proof of your identity, U.S. citizenship or legal presence and name change.
Additional proof may be requested.
If you do not inform the Social Security Administration of your name change, the
Department of State cannot process your driver's license or state ID card
application. The department verifies all names and Social Security numbers
before issuing a license or ID card. If your name and date of birth do not match
with what is on file at the Social Security Administration, your application
will be denied.
After changing your name with the Social Security Administration, please wait
three business days before visiting a Secretary of State office to apply for
your license or ID card to ensure your records with the Social Security
Administration have been updated.
Where can I get more information about applying for a Social
Contact the Social Security Administration at (800) 772-1213 or visit its Web
site at www.ssa.gov.