FAQ
Driver's License and State ID - Social Security Numbers
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. This information is limited to select individuals in government agencies as allowed by law, for the purpose of child support enforcement. Michigan complied with this federal mandate only after proper safeguards were in place to protect the personal privacy of state residents.

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Why is the Secretary of State collecting Social Security numbers?

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 by 2008 PA 7; 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 establishing identity.

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Where can I get a Social Security card?

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 Form SS-5 (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, valid U.S. driver's license, state-issued identification card or U.S. passport. If a U.S. birth certificate exists you MUST submit it. See Learn What Documents You Need to find acceptable documents. 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 photograph.

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If you have lost your Social Security card and need to get a replacement, you may be able to request a replacement online:

You can use a my Social Security account to request a replacement Social Security card online if you:

  • Are a U.S. citizen age 18 years or older with a U.S. mailing address;
  • Are not requesting a name change or any other change to your card; and
  • Have a driver's license or a state-issued identification card from Michigan or one of the other states listed.

If you cannot apply for a card online, you will need to work with your local office and provide documentation. See Learn What Documents You Need to find out what documents you will have to show. Fill out and print an Application for a Social Security Card; and take or mail your application and documents to your local Social Security office.

 
 
 

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What if I don't have a Social Security number?

If you are ineligible for a Social Security number, you must have a letter from the Social Security Administration documenting the reason.  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.

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