Driver's License & State ID

  • Is a REAL ID-compliant Driver's License or State ID Right for You?

    Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Michigan residents traveling domestically by plane in the U.S. must show a REAL ID-compliant document at the airport. Read more to discover if a Michigan REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or state ID is the right choice for you.


  • CDL Drivers: U.S. Citizenship or Legal Presence Documentation Required

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enacted new regulations.  The federal regulations and Michigan law require all drivers who have a Commercial Driver License (CDL) or Commercial Learner’s Permit (CLP) to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship or Legal Presence in the United States when they apply for a duplicate, correction or renewal of their next CDL license. 


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    Find out everything that's going on in the Department of State by reading the SOS-Express Newsletter. To receive the newsletter in your email inbox or to receive texts, go to our sign-up page.


  • Enhanced Driver's License and State ID Card

    It takes approximately three weeks to receive an EDL or Enhanced ID. If you must travel before receiving the EDL or Enhanced ID, check the document requirements with the U.S. Border Crossing at 313-393-3793.


  • SAVE, Awareness Video, Driver's License, State ID, USCIS, immigration documents, legal presence

    This video explains how SAVE functions to help many local, state and federal government agencies verify immigration status.


  • CDL Self and Medical Certification

    Because of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations, drivers who are renewing, correcting or applying for an original Commercial Driver License (CDL) must self-certify which type of commercial motor vehicle (CMV) operation they will perform.


  • Michigan law requires the Secretary of State’s Office to share data, including photos, with law enforcement.

Obtaining your first Michigan driver's license, including the GDL for persons under 18 years of age, license requirements for new residents, and special needs for motorists who need interpreters and translated tests.
Obtaining personal identification cards (PID) for Michigan residents, senior citizens, children and drivers whose driving privileges have been terminated.
Michigan's driver education programs, including information for administrators and instructors.
Information for parents and their teens to help them navigate through Michigan's Graduated Driver License system.
Find Information about aging drivers and their families.
Check here for links to information about REAL ID.
Michigan's driving skills testing services and Road Skills Testing Organization Locator.
Administrating the Michigan Rider Education Program is an important aspect of the Department of State's traffic safety mission.
The driver record point system; probationary program for new Michigan drivers, alcohol/drug, non-alcohol, and non-driving-related offenses/convictions; appeal process and programs that deny access to your vehicle.
Information for sponsors and citizens about the Department of State Basic Driver Improvement Course.
MI Residents Out-of-State
Veteran Designation
Emergency Medical Card/Patient Advocate
Michigan Driver's License and State ID through Publications. Find the most requested forms.