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 now different from your birth name, please bring proof of the name change, such as a marriage license or divorce decree, or both. 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 expiration of your current card:

  • 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 documentation 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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