Secretary of State Mobile Office to visit Grand Rapids auto show

SOS Mobile OfficeJANUARY 25, 2018

Visitors can find out more about how REAL ID will affect them

Visiting the Michigan International Auto Show in Grand Rapids gives you an opportunity to learn more about the upcoming federal REAL ID Act deadline and what people soon will need to board flights, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today.

“While our full-service Mobile Office assists you with transactions such as renewing your driver’s license or purchasing your license plate tabs, you can also get more information about the upcoming REAL ID requirements from the federal government,” Johnson said. “Although Michigan residents have two years before enforcement starts, now is the time to learn more.”

The show begins Thursday, Feb. 1 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 4 at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids. The show is presented by the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association and features new sedans, trucks, SUVs, hybrids and sports cars from manufacturers from around the world.

Customers visiting the Secretary of State display in Exhibit Hall A will be able to change their address, update their voter registration, sign up on the Michigan Organ Donor Registry or order a replacement vehicle title. The Mobile Office hours are:

  • Thursday, Feb. 1 – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 2 – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 3 – 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 4 – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, the federal government will not allow Michigan residents carrying a driver’s license or ID card that does not comply with the federal REAL ID Act to board domestic flights, or enter federal buildings, nuclear plants or military bases unless they have another accepted ID document.

Compliant cards will be marked with a star inside a gold circle on the upper right. There is no extra fee for a REAL ID-compliant card if people apply for one at their normal renewal time and compliant cards will not contain Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) technology.

In addition to the standard and REAL ID-compliant cards, Michigan also issues enhanced driver’s licenses and ID cards, which are marked with a U.S. flag, and allow land or sea travel from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and Caribbean nations. These cards already are REAL ID-compliant so enhanced card-holders do not need to apply for a compliant card.

The federal REAL ID standards for driver’s licenses and ID cards were created in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. The act sets document and security standards for the production and issuance of driver’s licenses and ID cards, including the use of features to prevent illegal copying or altering.

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Customers may call the Department of State Information Center to
speak to a customer-service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).