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    Renewing Driver's License

    Renewing Online
    Renewing by Mail
    Renewing at a Secretary of State Office
    Renewing - Making Corrections to Your License
    Renewing Early - In State
    Renewing Early - Out of State
    Renewing or Expired License - Out of State
    Renewing - Military
    Expired License - Military
    Fees
    Related Documents & Topics

    Renewing Online
    You may renew your standard driver's license online through ExpressSOS if you are a U.S. citizen and your last renewal was completed at a Secretary of State office. Renewing online is convenient and saves time. Online renewal is not yet available for enhanced driver's licenses.

    Renewing by Mail

    1. Fill out and sign the renewal notice.
    2. Update your address in the space provided.
    3. Pay by check, money order, Discover, Visa or MasterCard.
    4. Mail at least three weeks before your driver's license expires.

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    Renewing at a Secretary of State Office

    Michigan law requires motorists to renew their driver's license in person at a Secretary of State office once every eight years. You must renew at a Secretary of State office if:

    • You have any health changes that may affect your ability to drive safely.
    • You renewed online or by mail last time.
    • It has been more than four years since you last renewed in person.
    • We could not verify your Social Security number. (You must present proof of a valid Social Security number when you renew. A letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration and proof of legal presence in the United States will be accepted in lieu of a Social Security number when renewing a standard license.)

    When Renewing at a Branch Office:

    1. Bring your driver's license or other acceptable ID
    2. Bring glasses or contact lenses needed for driving
    3. You will be asked to take a vision test
    4. Pay by cash, check, money order, Discover, MasterCard or Visa debit or Credit Card.

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    Renewing - Making Corrections to Your License

    You may also make corrections when renewing your standard or enhanced license.

    Change of Address

    Standard License:
    A change of address may be submitted online through ExpressSOS, by mail or at a branch office when renewing your license. Online renewal is not yet available for enhanced driver's licenses.
    Enhanced License: At any branch office or by mail when renewing.

    Name and Date of Birth Changes

    Standard License:
    At any branch office.
    Enhanced License: At any branch office.

    Name Changes

    If you need to change your name on your valid driver's license you must present it with proof of the name change. Proof of your name change must be established through an official record, such as a certified marriage license, divorce decree or a legal name change document. A fee will be charged to correct your name and a new photograph will be taken.

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    Social Security Number, Endorsement, Group Designation Changes

    Standard License: At any branch office.
    Enhanced License:
    At any branch office.

    Renewing Early - In State

    Your standard or enhanced driver's license may be renewed up to 12 months early at a Secretary of State office if you will be unable to renew it on time for any reason. You may also renew your standard driver's license online through ExpressSOS up to 12 months early if you are a U.S. citizen with a valid Social Security number. Online renewal is not yet available for enhanced driver's licenses.

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    Renewing Early - Out of State

    If you will be out of state when your standard or enhanced license is due to expire, you should visit a Secretary of State office to renew it before you travel. A driver's license may be renewed up to 12 months early if you will be unable to renew it on time for any reason. Eligible motorists may also renew their standard driver's license online through ExpressSOS up to 12 months early. Online renewal is not yet available for enhanced driver's licenses.

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    Renewing or Expired License - Out of State

    If you are out of state and your standard or enhanced driver's license is up for renewal or it expires, you may:

    • Obtain a special extension permit allowing you to drive for up to 180 days from the license expiration date, or
    • Apply to renew you license by mail or online through ExpressSOS if eligible.

    Which option is right for you will depend on your circumstances, such as how long you will be out of state or whether you are eligible to renew by mail or online. Online renewal is not yet available for enhanced driver's licenses.

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    Renewing - Military

    Your standard or enhanced driver's license may be renewed up to 12 months early at a branch office if you are unable to renew it on time for any reason.

    If you are stationed out of state, you may renew your license by mail as long as it has not been expired more than four years and the Department of State has an electronic photograph of you on file. Proof of your Social Security number will be required if it hasn't been verified by the Department of State. For more information, contact the Out-of-State Resident Services Unit at:

    Michigan Department of State
    Out-of-State Resident Services Unit
    7064 Crowner Drive
    Lansing, MI 48918
    Phone: (517) 322-1473
    Fax: (517) 322-5438

    Spouses and dependents of active military personnel stationed out of state may also renew by mail, but they are not granted the same time extension. They should renew no later than their birthday in the year indicated on their license. Contact the Out-of-State Resident Services Unit for more information.

    Online renewal through ExpressSOS is available for standard licenses for military personnel and their families if they meet the eligibility requirements.  Licenses expired more than four years cannot be renewed online.

    Expired License - Military

    If your standard or enhanced license has expired, you may continue to drive on it in conjunction with your military papers but only for the following period - whichever comes first:

    • Thirty days from your first leave of absence following the expiration of your license (the leave does not have to be to Michigan, this refers to any leave of absence), or
    • Thirty days from the date of your discharge following the expiration of your license.

    It is recommended that you also carry your leave or discharge papers when driving on an expired license. Upon returning to Michigan, visit a Secretary of State office to have your standard or enhanced license renewed. Standard licenses that are expired for up to four years may also be renewed online for eligible drivers. Online renewal is not yet available for enhanced driver's licenses.

    Fees

    Refer to the Driver's License Fee Chart for information about the fees for renewing a standard license and the Enhanced Driver's License Fee Chart for fee information about the enhanced license.

    Related Documents & Topics
    > Renew Driver's License
    > Standard License Fees
    > Enhanced License Fees
    > Documents Required for an Enhanced License or ID (PDF)
    > Where to Apply for an Enhanced License or ID


    Renewing Quick Links
     •  Driver Responsibility Program
     •  Driver's License Fees
     •  Requesting Your Own Driving Record
     •  Michigan Residents Out-of-State
     •  Branch Office Locator & Hours
     •  Change of Address/Voter Registration Form
     •  Enhanced Driver's License
     •  Military Personnel
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