Why is the Secretary of State asking for proof of residency?

Michigan law requires that anyone applying for a driver's license or state identification card be a Michigan resident. With concerns about homeland security, identity theft and fraud, the Department of State is taking all steps necessary to comply with federal and state laws to ensure the integrity and security of the documents it issues. You can establish proof of Michigan residency (see SOS-428) by presenting at least two documents. Proof of a valid Social Security numberU.S. citizenship or legal presence if not a U.S. citizen and identity will also be required.

All documentation is subject to Department of State approval. In some cases, document approval may not occur in the same day and may require an additional visit. 

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