No-fee personal identification card policy

In accordance with Michigan law [MCL 28.292(14)], the Michigan Department of State (MDOS) waives the fees for a State of Michigan Personal Identification Card (PID) for applicants who present good cause. The statute includes four instances of good cause: individuals 65 or over; those who are legally blind; those who wish to add or remove a heart insignia; and drivers whose licenses have been suspended because of a physical or mental disability. The statute also allows the fee to be waived for "a person who presents other good cause for a fee waiver."

MDOS has identified four instances, in addition to the four statutorily mandated instances, of good cause in which it will waive the $10 PID fee in accordance with MCL 28.292(14)(d):

MDOS will waive the $10 PID fee for individuals who provide documentary evidence specified by MDOS demonstrating that the applicant is currently receiving benefits from one of the following programs:

  • Michigan Department of Human Services Family Independence Program (FIP)
  • Michigan Department of Human Services State Disability Assistance (SDA)
  • Social Security Administration Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI)
  • Social Security Administration Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI)

Michigan law also allows qualifying veterans and homeless applicants to receive a no-fee state ID card.

Veterans can qualify for a no-fee state ID by presenting the same documents that qualify them for the veteran's designation, such as:

  • DD214 (or correction DD215), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, any copy except Copy 1
  • Form NGB FM 22 or 23, Report of Separation and Record of Service, which must indicate honorable or general discharge
  • Forms WD AGO, such as WD AGO 53-55, Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge
  • GSA 6954, Certificate of Military Service
  • NAVPERS 553, Extract of Notice of Separation from U.S. Naval Service
  • VA Veteran Health Identification Card
  • DD-2 (blue or pink version),  United States Uniformed Services ID card - issued to retired military and military reserve veterans.

Michigan residents who have a previous driver's license or state ID card with a veteran's designation meet the requirements for the no-fee ID.

Homeless applicants can qualify for a no-fee ID card by presenting both of the following:

  • Homeless verification letter from a public service agency, and
  • HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) photo ID card

Related Link
> Standard and Enhanced State ID Card Fee Chart