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New Michigan residents
How long do I have before I must change my out-of-state driver's license, vehicle title and registration?
New Michigan residents must title and register their vehicles immediately. There is no grace period provided in Michigan law. The Michigan Vehicle Code defines "resident" as "every person who resides in this state and establishes that he or she is legally present in the United States."
New residents need to visit a Secretary of State office to apply for a Michigan driver's license (or state ID card), vehicle title, and registration as soon as they establish residency in this state.
How do I change my out-of-state driver's license to a Michigan driver's license?
To convert your out-of-state license to Michigan, take all required documents to a local Secretary of State branch office – the list of required documents is available.
You do not need to take a written test. You will be given a vision test and your photo will be taken.
A photo license will be mailed to you in about two weeks.
How do I change my out-of-state identification card to a Michigan identification card?
Take your out-of-state identification card and documentation of a valid Social Security number, U.S. citizenship or legal presence if not a U.S. citizen, identity and Michigan residency to a Secretary of State office. A state ID costs $10. This fee is waived for applicants who are age 65 or older or who are legally blind regardless of their age.
What if I just moved to Michigan and do not have a residency document?
Under Michigan law, the Secretary of State is prohibited from issuing an original driver's license or state identification card to anyone who is not a legal resident of the state. If you have recently moved to Michigan and have a valid driver's license or state identification card from another state, these can be used in the interim until sufficient residency documents are established. Once residency is established, please visit a Secretary of State office immediately to apply for a Michigan driver's license or state ID.
How do I register to vote?
You can register to vote for federal, state and local elections by mail, by visiting your county, city or township clerk's office or by visiting any Secretary of State branch office. In addition, specific agencies providing services through the Department of Human Services, the Department of Community Health and the Department of Career Development offer voter registration services to their clients. Military recruitment centers also provide voter registration services.
How do I change my out-of-state title to a Michigan title and obtain a registration for my vehicle?
To convert an out-of-state title to a Michigan title, you will need to present your out-of-state title, proof of Michigan no-fault insurance and proof of identity at a Secretary of State office. If more than one vehicle owner is named on the out-of-state title, all owners must appear at the branch office when the application for a Michigan title is made. An appointment-of-agent form must be presented if one of the owners cannot attend. This will allow the other owner to sign on behalf of the absent person.
If your out-of-state title is being held by a lien holder, you may take your out-of-state registration (it can be recently expired) or proof of the out-of-state title to any branch office along with proof of Michigan no-fault insurance for the vehicle. Michigan will issue a "FOREIGN OWNERSHIP-REGISTRATION ONLY" registration for the vehicle. This will allow the State of Michigan to issue license plates without converting the out-of-state title to a Michigan title.
Where can I find additional information of interest to new Michigan residents?