Can I still obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or state ID if it's too early for me to renew?

If you are a U.S. citizen and want to obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card, but you are not yet eligible to renew:

  • Please bring a certified U.S. birth certificate with a stamp or raised seal; a valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card; or other approved citizenship or legal presence document to a Secretary of State office. If your name is different from what’s on your birth certificate, you’ll need to bring in a certified name-change document, such as your marriage license or court order. Multiple documents may be needed if your name has changed more than once. Name-change documents must show both the changed name and the previous name. Divorce decrees may be used if they are certified (copies are not accepted) and if they show the changed name and the previous name. The standard correction or duplicate card fee will apply: $9 for operator license; $18 for chauffeur license; $10 for identification card.  Enhanced licenses and enhanced ID cards, which are also REAL ID compliant, are another option – fees will vary, check the Secretary of State website at www.michigan.gov/sos for complete details.

If you are a legal permanent resident or a temporary legal resident and want to obtain a REAL-compliant driver’s license or ID card before your current card expires:

  • Please go to a Secretary of State Branch office and provide proof of legal presence documentation as outlined in the form, Applying for a License or ID? (SOS-428) Standard correction or duplicate card fee will apply: $9 for operator license; $18 for chauffeur license; $10 for identification card.

If you have any questions about the documents required to obtain a driver’s license or state ID card, please call the Department of State Information Center at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).

 

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