Applying for license or ID Checklist

If you are applying for a license or ID card you will need the documents listed on this page.

To ensure your application process is as smooth as possible, remember:

Double-check that you have all the correct documentation before visiting a Secretary of State office. If you have any questions about what is required visit our FAQ or call the Department of State Information Center at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).

Your first and last name and date of birth on your legal presence and identity documents should match. If your current legal name is different from the name on your birth certificate or legal presence document, you must show legal proof of the name change, such as original marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order.

A second document from group #2 may also be accepted as proof of identity.

Foreign documents must be translated.

Document must be original or copies certified with a raised seal or stamp. Faxed or photocopied documents will NOT be accepted.

Foreign driver's licenses are proof of driving experience only. English translations must be provided if you do not have an international Driving Permit.

Documents are subject to departmental review and may require more than one day for approvals. Additional information may be required. The department may retain images or copies of any document presented.


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Your Social Security number or letter of ineligibility
Present ONE of the following to demonstrate a valid Social Security number or ineligibility.



Note: If you are unable to provide one of the above documents as proof of your Social Security number, other documents that show your Social Security number may be presented but require review by the branch manager. Social Security number information will be verified. You may be required to correct your information with the Social Security Administration before your driver's license or ID card application can be processed.



Legal Presence
Present at least ONE of any of the documents from this section.


The following documents are subject to verification using the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements System (SAVE). Approval may take longer than one day.


Note: If you do not have any of the above documents other USCIS documents may be presented but require verification, which may take more than one day.



Identity Verification
Present original documents to establish identity. MORE THAN ONE document may be required.


Note: If none of the documents listed above are available, other identity documents may be accepted. These documents require verification, which may take more than one day.



Proof of Michigan residency
Present at least TWO documents with your name and Michigan residence address.


Note: Michigan P.O. boxes are not an acceptable residence address.


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