State ID - Renewing

Renewing and REAL ID
Renewing online
Renewing by mail
Renewing at a Secretary of State branch office
Renewing out of state
Fees

You will receive a renewal notice about 45 days before your standard or enhanced state ID card expires. You may renew your state ID up to one year early at any Secretary of State branch office if you are unable to renew it though alternative methods, such as by mail, online, or at a self-service station, or on time for any reason.

Renewing and REAL ID

Beginning May 3, 2023, Michigan residents boarding a plane for domestic travel in the U.S. or entering certain federal facilities, military bases and nuclear power plants must present a REAL ID-compliant document.

How do I decide if I need a REAL ID-compliant ID card?
You won't need a REAL ID-compliant ID if you:

If the convenience of carrying a state ID card that meets all requirements for boarding a plane for domestic travel appeals to you, then a REAL ID-compliant ID card is the right choice for you.

How do I obtain a REAL ID-compliant ID card?

If you have a standard ID card, check your renewal notice for your options.

If you have an enhanced ID card, it is already REAL ID compliant.

To apply for a REAL ID-compliant state ID card when it's time to renew:

  1. Make an appointment to visit a Secretary of State branch office
     
  2. Provide proof of U.S. citizenship or legal presence by presenting your certified U.S. birth certificate with a stamp or raised seal; an unexpired U.S. passport or passport card; or other approved citizenship or legal presence document. 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 aren't accepted) and if they show the changed name and the previous name. Photocopies and faxes aren't accepted.
     
  3. Update your address if needed
     
  4. Pay the state ID card renewal fee if applicable

If you don't get a REAL ID-compliant ID card when renewing, but later change your mind, you may apply for one at any Secretary of State branch office. Please make sure you have the appropriate documentation before you go to the branch office.

> More Information on Real ID

Renewing online
You may renew your state ID card online through Online Services if you are a U.S. citizen, have a valid Social Security card. and did not renew it though alternative methods, such as by mail, online, or at a self-service station the last two renewals. Renewing online is convenient and timesaving. To renew online, select "Log in to Renew Michigan Driver's License or ID" from the online services home page.

Renewing by mail

  1. Fill out and sign the renewal notice
     
  2. Update your address in the space provided
     
  3. Pay by check or money order
     
  4. Mail at least three weeks before your state ID card expires

 

Renewing at a Secretary of State branch office

  1. Visit any Secretary of State branch office
     
  2. Present your state ID card or other acceptable identification
     
  3. Present proof of your Social Security number or a letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration.
     
  4. Pay the renewal fee. All branch offices accept cash, check, money orders, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa debit or credit cards at the counter.

 

Whether you renew online, by mail, at a self-service station, or at a branch office, your renewed ID card is valid for up to four years and should arrive in the mail within two to three weeks.

If you are in the U.S. and have temporary legal presence, you will be issued a limited-term state ID card. A limited term ID card is valid for up to four years. If you are eligible to renew it, the ID card expiration date won't extend beyond the end date of your temporary legal presence.

Name changes when renewing

You may process a name change when renewing your state ID card at a branch office. Present it with proof of the name change, which must be established through an official record, such as a certified marriage license, divorce decree or a legal name change document. 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. A fee will be charged to correct your name and a new photograph will be taken.

> More information on Name Changes

Renewing out of state

If you are out of state and need to renew your state ID card, mail your renewal form to:

Michigan Department of State
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48980-0001

To renew an expired state ID card when out of state, contact the:

Michigan Department of State
Special Services Branch
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918
Phone: 517-636-5872
Fax: 517-636-5865

If you are out of state and your ID card is up for renewal or expires, you may be eligible to renew it online through online servicies. For more information, select "Log in to Renew Michigan Driver's License or ID" from online services home page. State ID cards that require a name change or correction to a date of birth must be renewed at a Secretary of State branch office.

Fees

Refer to the Standard and Enhanced State ID Card Fee Chart for the fees for renewing a state ID card.

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