Follow these steps to turn a Michigan license or state ID into a REAL ID

Steps for getting a REAL ID

NOTE: If you already have an enhanced driver’s license or enhanced state ID card, it is already REAL ID-compliant and will be recognized at airports as a REAL ID, with or without the REAL ID star. You don’t need to take any further action. When it is replaced or renewed in the future, the new one will have the REAL ID star.

>> Step 1:  Make an appointment at Michigan.gov/SOS

or call 888-SOS-MICH (888-767-6424).

  • You may apply for a REAL ID-compliant license or state ID card at any time or you can wait until it’s time to renew. Be aware that REAL ID goes into effect Oct. 1, 2021.
  • Your photograph will be taken at the branch office and the appropriate driver’s license or state ID card fees will be due. There is no additional fee for obtaining a REAL ID-compliant license or state ID card if done during your normal renewal time,
  • REAL ID licenses will be printed with a gold star.
  • If you do not change your license or state ID card into a REAL ID, the next time it is printed, it will have this statement printed toward the top of the card: “Not for federal identification.”

>> Step 2:  Bring the following documents to the SOS.

NOTE: Faxes and photocopies will not be accepted.

  • Your Michigan license or state ID card
  • And one of the following:
    • Government-issued birth certificate with raised seal or stamp
    • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport
    • An approved citizenship or legal presence document
      If you are not a U.S. citizen and have temporary legal status, please make sure you bring the required documents.

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 a marriage license or court order.
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. Multiple documents may be needed
if your name has changed more than once.

First Michigan license or state ID card: If you are applying for your first (original) Michigan driver’s
license or state ID card, you will need to bring additional documents. Learn more here.