State ID - Renewing
Renewing and REAL ID
Renewing by Mail
Renewing at a Secretary of State Office
Renewing Out of State
You will receive a renewal notice about 45 days before your standard or enhanced state ID card expires. You may renew your ID up to six months early at any Secretary of State office if you are unable to renew it by mail or on time for any reason.
If your Social Security number has not been verified by the Department of State, you will be asked to provide proof of a valid Social Security number. If you are applying for a standard state ID card and do not have a Social Security number, you must present a letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration and proof of legal presence.
Renewing and REAL ID
It’s time to renew your driver’s license, and you may have a choice to make. Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, 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.
Michigan offers standard and Enhanced state ID cards that are REAL ID compliant. For example, if you have an enhanced state ID card, you already have a REAL ID-compliant card. Enhanced state IDs that do not have a star on them are still REAL ID compliant and will be printed with a star when renewed or replaced.) Check your renewal notice. If it states that your standard ID card is REAL ID-compliant, you don’t need to do anything except renew your ID as usual. If your renewal notice states that your standard ID is NOT REAL ID compliant, you have to decide whether or not you should visit a Secretary of State office and apply for a REAL ID-compliant ID card.
How Do I Decide if I Need a REAL ID-compliant ID card?
You may not need a REAL ID-compliant ID if you:
- Do not fly and do not plan to enter certain federal facilities, military bases and nuclear power plants after Oct. 1, 2020.
- Have an acceptable alternative to a REAL ID-compliant ID card, such as a valid U.S. passport or passport card. The Transportation Security Administration provides a complete list of acceptable documents.
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?
Your renewal notice will state whether or not your standard state ID card is REAL ID compliant. (Enhanced ID cards are already REAL ID compliant.) To apply for a REAL ID-compliant card, please visit a Secretary of State office.
To apply for a REAL ID-compliant state ID card when it’s time to renew:
- Visit a Secretary of State office
- 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 are not accepted) and if they show the changed name and the previous name. Photocopies and faxes are not accepted. If your renewal notice states that you need to bring proof of a Social Security number, be sure to bring your Social Security card, W-2 or other proof of a valid Social Security number.
- Update your address if needed
- Pay the state ID card renewal fee if applicable
If you decide not to get a REAL ID-compliant ID card when renewing, but later change your mind, you may apply for one at any Secretary of State office. Please make sure you have the appropriate documentation before you go to the branch.
You may renew your standard state ID card online through ExpressSOS if you are a U.S. citizen with a valid Social Security card. Renewing online is convenient and timesaving. Online renewal is not yet available for enhanced state ID cards. For more information, select "Renew State ID Card" from the ExpressSOS home page.
- Fill out and sign the renewal notice
- Update your address in the space provided
- Pay by check or money order
- Mail at least three weeks before your state ID card expires
- Visit any Secretary of State office
- Present your state ID card or other acceptable identification
- Present proof of your Social Security number or a letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration.
- 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 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 will not extend beyond the end date of your temporary legal presence.
You may process a name change when renewing your valid 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.
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
The Special Services Branch
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918
If you are out of state and your standard ID card is up for renewal or expires, you may be eligible to renew it online through ExpressSOS. For more information, select "Renew State ID Card" from the ExpressSOS 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 office.
Refer to the Standard and Enhanced State ID Card Fee Chart for the fees for renewing a state ID card.
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