Secretary of State
Applying for an Enhanced Driver's License (Over 18, Never Been Licensed)
The enhanced driver's license is an attractive alternative to the standard license because it allows you to re-enter the U.S. by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean without the need to show additional identity or citizenship documents at the border.
Because you have never been licensed, you must successfully complete the written knowledge and driving skills tests before a license can be issued. Although driver education isn't required for individuals 18 and older, it is highly recommended.
To obtain an enhanced Michigan license, follow these steps.
Note: When applying for an enhanced driver's license, your first and last name and date of birth on your identity and citizenship documents should match. If your current legal name is different from what is shown on your citizenship document, you must present lawful proof of the name change, such as an original marriage license, divorce decree or court order.
a. A valid Social Security number (for example, a Social Security card)
b. U.S. citizenship (for example, a certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised seal, must be issued by a governmental unit in the U.S. or U.S. territory)
c. Identity (for example, a current Michigan state identification card) If you don't have a state-issued ID card, there are other forms of ID that can be accepted as proof of identity. Please refer to the Documents Required for an Enhanced License or ID form for complete details.
d. Residency (for example, a current Michigan state identification card) If you don't have a state-issued ID card, there are other types of documents that can be accepted as proof of residency. Please refer to the Documents Required for an Enhanced License or ID form for complete details.
Once you complete the enhanced license application process, you will be issued a Temporary Operator's Permit to drive. The operator's permit doesn't qualify as a secure document for border-crossing purposes. Your enhanced license is valid for up to four years and should arrive in the mail within two to three weeks.
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