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REAL ID

  • No, a REAL ID will not required for jury duty, even if it's in a federal building.

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  • A valid U.S. passport or passport card, DHS Trusted Traveler card, and U.S. Military ID are just a few of the documents that will be accepted if you don't have a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card. The federal Transportation Security Administration lists acceptable alternatives to a state-issued REAL ID-compliant license or ID card.

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  • A change of address for a standard operator’s license or state ID card that is REAL ID-compliant can often be done at online services, in addition to being completed at a Secretary of State branch office or by mail. If you have an enhanced driver’s license or enhanced ID card, a change of address must be done at a Secretary of State branch office or by mail.

  • If you are a U.S. citizen and want to obtain a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card, but you are not yet eligible to renew:

    • Please bring a certified U.S. birth certificate with a stamp or raised seal; a valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card; or other approved citizenship or legal presence document to a Secretary of State office. 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. The normal correction or duplicate card fee will apply: $9 for operator license; $18 for chauffeur license; $10 for identification card.  Enhanced licenses and enhanced ID cards, which are also REAL ID compliant, are another option – fees will vary, check the Secretary of State website at www.michigan.gov/sos for complete details.

    If you are a legal permanent resident or a temporary legal resident and want to obtain a REAL-compliant driver’s license or ID card before your current card expires:

    • Please go to a Secretary of State Branch office and provide proof of legal presence documentation as outlined in the form, Applying for a License or ID? (SOS-428) Standard correction or duplicate card fee will apply: $9 for operator license; $18 for chauffeur license; $10 for identification card.

    If you have any questions about the documents required to obtain a driver’s license or state ID card, please call the Department of State Information Center at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).

  • U.S. Department of Defense IDs issued to spouses and dependents are an acceptable form of REAL ID.

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  • If you are a lawfully present non-U.S. citizen, including permanent and non-permanent residents, you are eligible to apply for a REAL ID driver's license or ID card or turn your current Michigan driver's license or state ID into a REAL ID. In either case, you'll need to make an appointment at a Michigan Secretary of State branch office and bring the required legal presence document.     It's important to note that some documents already in the possession of non-US citizens qualify as REAL ID and will be acceptable for flying domestically when the law goes into effect on May 3, 2023. These include:  

    • Permanent resident card
    • Foreign government-issued passport
    • Canadian provincial driver's license or Indian and Northern Affairs Canada card
    • U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766)

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  • The REAL ID Act affects access to military bases and other federal property. Beginning May 3, 2023, all individuals entering a military base, civilians and non-civilians, will be required to have a REAL ID document for entrance.  An individual should verify with the military base to ensure this information has not changed or a particular military base has any special ID requirements.

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  • Transportation Security Administration does not require children under age 18 to provide identification when traveling with a companion within the United States. The companion will need acceptable identification.

  • No. Michigan will continue to issue standard driver's licenses and state ID cards that are not REAL ID compliant. However, as of May 3, 2023, if you plan to fly domestically or enter certain federal facilities, military bases and nuclear power plants, you will need to bring documentation that meets the REAL ID requirements.

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  • All state-issued identification will be accepted when voters are asked to show valid ID when voting. Regardless of whether a voter has a standard, enhanced or REAL ID-compliant driver's license or ID card, the voter's card will be accepted as valid identification. Voters who do not have valid state-issued identification or another accepted identity document may sign an Affidavit of Identity.

  • Your REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card (standard and Enhanced) will have a star in a gold circle printed on it. Enhanced licenses and state ID cards that do not have a star on them are REAL ID compliant and will be printed with a star when renewed or replaced. Standard licenses and state IDs that do not meet the federal REAL ID requirements will have “Not for Federal Identification” printed on them.

  • Beginning May 3, 2023, you must show a REAL ID-compliant driver's license or ID card, or an alternative form of acceptable identification, for domestic air travel and for entering certain federal facilities. The federal Transportation Security Administration website lists acceptable alternatives to a state-issued REAL ID-compliant driver's license or ID card. 

    You may not need a REAL ID-compliant card if you:

    • Do not fly and you do not plan to enter certain federal facilities, such as military bases and nuclear power plants.
    • Have an acceptable alternative to a state-issued REAL ID-compliant driver's license or ID card, such as a valid U.S. passport.

    Note: Standard and Enhanced driver's licenses and state ID cards are printed with the REAL ID star to show they are REAL ID compliant.

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  • First Michigan Driver’s License or ID:

    If you are applying for your first (original) Michigan driver’s license or ID card, please refer to the form, Applying for a Driver’s License or ID? (SOS-428). This form explains what documents are required to obtain your REAL ID card. 

    Renewing a Michigan Driver’s License or ID Card:

    • If your renewal notice states that your card is REAL ID compliant, your new license or ID (standard and Enhanced) will have a star printed on it. If you are renewing an enhanced license or ID, it will have the American flag printed on it to show that it conforms to the federal REAL ID requirements.
       
    • If your renewal notice states that your license or ID is not REAL ID compliant and you want to apply for a REAL ID-compliant card, you must visit a Secretary of State office. Please read the insert included with your renewal notice carefully to see what documentation you must provide.

      Note: You cannot apply for a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card by mail or online. Any documents provided when applying for a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card must be originals or copies certified with a raised seal or stamp; faxes and photocopies will not be accepted.

    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.

  • Normal driver’s license and ID card fees apply. There is no additional cost for a REAL ID-compliant license or ID card when a person renews normally. A correction fee may be charged when people apply for a compliant license outside of their normal renewal cycle.

  • Yes, a U.S. Department of Defense ID is an acceptable form of REAL ID. This includes military IDs for active duty or retired military along with DoD civilians.

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  • If you have an enhanced driver’s license or enhanced state ID card, you already have a REAL ID-compliant card. 

  • A REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or state ID card will have a star in a gold circle printed in the upper right corner of the card. Enhanced licenses and state ID cards that do not have a star on them are still REAL ID compliant and will be printed with a star when renewed or replaced.

    REAL ID-compliant driver's license

    Enhanced Driver License

  • What Happens if I Don't Get a REAL ID-compliant License or ID Card? Beginning May 3, 2023, you will need to show a REAL ID-compliant document to board a plane for domestic travel or to enter certain federal facilities, military bases and nuclear power plants. If your driver's license or state ID card is not REAL ID compliant, you may show another form of acceptable documentation, such as a valid U.S. passport or passport card. The Transportation Security Administration has published a list of accepted documents.

    Standard Michigan Licenses or ID Cards After May 3, 2023, your standard Michigan driver's license remains valid for driving, and a standard license and state ID continue to be legal identification for cashing checks, renting vehicles, purchasing alcohol and tobacco, or entering casinos. A standard license or ID card will have "Not for Federal Identification" printed on it.

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    REAL ID CHECKLIST IMAGE TEXT

    Real ID goes into effect on October 1, 2020.  Are you ready?

    Image includes a checklist to help determine if you need a Real ID.

    Beginning October 1, 2020, to fly inside the U.S.:

    A standard driver's license or state ID card without a Real ID star will not be accepted..

    A standard driver's license or state ID with a Real ID star will be accepted.

    An enhanced driver's license, with or without a Real ID star will be accepted.

    Beginning October 1, 2020, to re-enter the U.S. by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean:

    A standard driver's license or state ID card without a Real ID star will not be accepted..

    A standard driver's license or state ID with a Real ID star will not be accepted.

    An enhanced driver's license, with or without a Real ID star will be accepted.

    Beginning October 1, 2020, to enter certain federal facilities, like a nuclear power plant or a U.S. military base:

    A standard driver's license or state ID card without a Real ID star will not be accepted..

    A standard driver's license or state ID with a Real ID star will be accepted.

    An enhanced driver's license, with or without a Real ID star will be accepted.

    Beginning October 1, 2020, for identification:

    A standard driver's license or state ID card without a Real ID star will be accepted..

    A standard driver's license or state ID with a Real ID star will be accepted.

    An enhanced driver's license, with or without a Real ID star will be accepted.

    Beginning October 1, 2020, to cash a check:

    A standard driver's license or state ID card without a Real ID star will be accepted..

    A standard driver's license or state ID with a Real ID star will be accepted.

    An enhanced driver's license, with or without a Real ID star will be accepted.

    Beginning October 1, 2020, to purchase alcohol, tobacco or age-related products:

    A standard driver's license or state ID card without a Real ID star will be accepted..

    A standard driver's license or state ID with a Real ID star will be accepted.

    An enhanced driver's license, with or without a Real ID star will be accepted.

    Beginning October 1, 2020, to rent a vehicle:

    A standard driver's license or state ID card without a Real ID star will be accepted..

    A standard driver's license or state ID with a Real ID star will be accepted.

    An enhanced driver's license, with or without a Real ID star will be accepted.

  • Nothing. Your standard Michigan driver's license remains valid for driving, and a standard license and state ID may be used as identification for cashing checks, renting vehicles, purchasing alcohol and tobacco, or entering casinos. Just remember, you will need to bring a REAL ID-compliant document when you fly domestically, or enter a military base, nuclear power plant and certain federal buildings because your standard license or state ID will no longer be accepted.

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  • The chart on the last page of the attached document explains the differences between the three types of cards.

  • The federal standards known as REAL ID were drafted by Congress in response to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission. REAL ID sets document and security protocols for the production of driver’s licenses and ID cards, including the use of features to prevent illegal copying or altering. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is charged with enforcement of REAL ID. More information about the REAL ID Act is available on the U.S. Department of Homeland Security website, including REAL ID FAQs.

  • Beginning May 3, 2023, your driver's license or state ID card must be REAL ID compliant if you wish to use it to fly domestically in the U.S. or enter certain federal facilities, military bases and nuclear power plants.

    You may notice Transportation Security Administration posters in airports displaying "Jan. 22, 2018" as the date that all driver's licenses and state IDs must be REAL ID-compliant to be accepted as valid documentation when flying domestically. This is true, but it affects residents from states that have not conformed to the REAL ID federal standards for issuing driver's licenses and state ID cards. Michigan has met the federal standards, which means that even if your license or ID card is not currently REAL ID compliant, it will still be accepted at airports as valid until May 3, 2023.

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  • Michigan birth certificates are available for a fee from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, or from the county clerk’s office of the county in which you were born. Hospital birth certificates can’t be accepted as proof of U.S. citizenship.

    Born in another state? Please contact your birth state’s Vital Records Office to obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate.

    U.S. citizens born in a foreign country: Please contact the U.S. Department of State’s Passport Vital Records Section to obtain a U.S. passport or a consular report of birth abroad. Contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to obtain a Naturalization or Citizenship certificate. Delayed foreign birth certificates aren’t accepted as proof of U.S. citizenship.

    Delayed birth certificates: Delayed birth certificates are issued when birth records are missing or not properly filed with a state’s Vital Records Office within one year of a child’s birth. Delayed birth certificates for children born in the U.S. may be used as proof of U.S. citizenship when applying for a driver’s license or state identification card as long as the following conditions are met. The delayed record must:

    • Be certified with a raised seal or stamp
    • Be issued by the Vital Records Office of the child’s birth state
    • Contain the legal name and date of birth of the child and the parents’ legal names

    Certificate of Birth Registration: A Certificate of Birth Registration or similar document can be accepted if it has the following information listed on it:

    1. U.S. government unit (city, county, state) that issued the record
    2. applicant’s full name, date of birth, and place of birth
    3. parents’ names (at least one parent must be listed)
    4. date the record was filed with the registrar’s office
    5. certification statement and signature from the registrar indicating the original record is on file with the registrar’s office
    6. seal or stamp indicating the document is a certified copy (not a photocopy)

    Notification of Birth Registration documents will not be accepted as these documents are not issued by a Vital Records agency or local government unit, but rather by the U.S. Department of the Census. Likewise, hospital birth certificates or delayed foreign birth certificates as will not be accepted as proof of U.S. citizenship.