Applying for license or ID Checklist

U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents & Refugees Need the Following Documents: (Applicants with temporary legal presence please go to this page)

To ensure your application process is as smooth as possible, remember:

Double-check that you have all the correct documentation before visiting a Secretary of State office. If you have any questions about what is required, call the Department of State Information Center at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).

Documents must be originals or copies certified with a raised seal or stamp.

Faxed or photocopied documents will NOT be accepted.

Document approval may not occur in the same day and may require an additional visit.

License or ID may be valid until one of the following:
  ---- Four years from last birthday.
---- Applicant's 18th or 21st birthday.

Foreign driver's licenses are accepted as proof of driving experience only.

Documents are subject to departmental review and approval. Additional information may be required. The department may retain images or copies of any document presented.

Click with your mouse to place checkmarks in the boxes next to items you have available and when you are finished print out your personalized list.


 Your Social Security number or letter of ineligibility
Present ONE of the following to demonstrate a valid Social Security number or ineligibility.



Note: Social Security information will be verified. You may be required to correct information with the Social Security Administration before your driver's license or state ID card application can be processed.

Your first and last name and date of birth on your legal presence and identity documents should match. If your current legal name is different from the name on your birth certificate or legal presence document, you must show legal proof of the name change, such as an original marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order.



 Legal Presence
Present at least ONE of any of the documents from this column.



The following documents are subject to verification using the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements System (SAVE). Approval may take longer than one day.




 Identity Verification
Present original documents to establish identity. MORE THAN ONE document may be required.


Note: If none of the documents listed above are available, other identity documents may be accepted. These documents require verification, which may take more than one day.



 Proof of Michigan residency
Present at least TWO documents with your name and Michigan residence address.


Note: Residency documents in a family member's name may be used if the family relationship can be established.

Michigan P.O. boxes are not an acceptable residence address.

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