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License and ID information

ALERT: Beginning May 3, 2023, you must have a REAL ID-compliant document - such as a REAL ID-compliant license or ID, enhanced license or ID, or a valid passport - to board a domestic flight in the U.S., enter a military base, and visit certain federal buildings.

 

REAL ID

Credentials

Your license or ID will expire on your birthday every four (4) years. You can renew up to six months ahead of time and up to four years after it expires before having to reapply for a license or ID.

Most residents only need to visit a Secretary of State office every 12 years to renew their credential, take a new photo, and complete a vision test (drivers only). Those who are eligible can renew their license or ID online, by mail, or at a self-service station instead.

Picture of Michigan standard ID

State ID

Standard photo identification card used to verify identity as a Michigan resident. No age requirement.

First-time ID     ID renewal

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Driver's license

Standard photo identification card that allows a resident to legally drive on public roads. Eligible drivers must be at least 16 years old and pass a written knowledge exam and on-road driver skills test to qualify.

First-time license     License renewal

Michigan Enhanced Driver's License

Enhanced license or ID

Allows resident to present their license or ID, instead of a passport, when crossing back into the United States by land or sea from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean.

Apply for enhanced license or ID

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Commercial driver's license (CDL)

License for drivers transporting more than 16 people, carrying hazardous materials, operating a vehicle weighing more than 26,001 lbs., or towing a heavy-weight trailer.

Apart from CDL medical certificates (which must be submitted separately), license endorsements and other designations will be renewed at the same time as your license or ID.

Apply for a CDL     Submit CDL medical certificate

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Chauffeur's license

License for drivers professionally operating a bus or a vehicle weighing at least 10,000 lbs. or who are contracted to transport passengers or property.

Apply for a chauffeur's license

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Moped license

Allows eligible drivers who are at least 15 years years old to drive a moped on public roads.

Apply for a moped license

Correcting a license or ID (Choose tab below)

Update the address on your license or ID online, by mail, or while completing another license or ID transaction at a self-service station. Your Michigan voter registration will automatically update at the same time.

A corrected address sticker will be mailed to you to place on the back of your license or ID. If you have an enhanced license or ID, you’ll receive a new card.

Address change

Update the name on your license or ID at a Secretary of State office. You will need to provide your current Michigan license or ID and a legal name change document, such as:

  • Marriage license
  • Divorce degree
  • Court ordered name change issued in the U.S.

Make sure your name has been corrected with the Social Security Administration before visiting a Secretary of State office.

License or ID name correction

Correct the sex designation on your license or ID to male (M), female (F), or nonbinary (X) by visiting a Secretary of State office and completing an application.

License or ID sex designation correction

Sex Designation Form

Beginning May 3, 2023, you must have a REAL ID-compliant document to board a domestic flight in the U.S., enter some federal buildings, and visit military bases. You can convert your standard Michigan license or ID to REAL ID at a Secretary of State office by providing your current credential and proof of legal presence. 

More information about REAL ID

The commercial driver’s license (CDL) knowledge skills test and on-road driving skills test requirements are waived for military service members who are trained and have been employed in the past year to operate the military equivalent to a commercial vehicle. Eligible veterans and service members may apply to convert their Michigan license to a CDL Class A or B at any Secretary of State office by completing the Application for Military Waiver Even Exchange.

Michigan Application for Military Waiver Even Exchange

Fees

  •    First-time  Renew  Replace/Correct  Late Fee
    Standard ID $10  $10  $10  None
    Enhanced ID*  $30   $30  $30  None

    *Those who are 65 years or older or legally blind can apply for, renew, replace, or correct an enhanced ID for $20.

    Under Michigan law, you may be eligible for a no-fee ID if you are:

    • 65 years or older.
    • Legally blind.
    • Experiencing homelessness.
    • A veteran of the U.S. Armed Forces.
    • Receiving state aid.
    • Have a documented physical or mental disability that impacts your ability to safely operate a vehicle.

    How to apply for a no-fee ID

  •   First-time Renew Replace/Correct Late fee
    Standard license   $25 $18 $9 $7
    Enhanced license $45  $38

    $24

    $45

  •   First-time   Renew Add Group Designation/Endorsement  Replace/Correct 
    Standard CDL $25 $25 $5 each $9
    Enhanced CDL $45 $38 Groups A, B, C: $25
    Endorsements: $5 each
    X Endorsement: $10
    $24

  • First-time Renew Replace/Correct
     Standard chauffeur's license $35 $35 $18
    Enhanced chauffeur's license $50 $43 $33


  • First-time Renew Replace/Correct
    Standard moped license $7.50 $6 $6
    Enhanced moped license $38 $30 $18

Designations and endorsements (Choose tab below)

Michigan residents can add their name to the state organ donor registry, designated by the red "DONOR" heart on their license or ID.

Add or change organ donor designation

Military veterans who have served in any branch of U.S. armed forces are eligible to have a veteran designation printed on their license or ID.

Veteran designation application

Drivers who qualify may add a motorcycle endorsement to their standard or enhanced license to operate their bike on public roads.

Add motorcycle endorsement to license

To add the "F" endorsement to your driver's license, you must pass both the CDL general written knowledge test (unless you have a valid CDL Group B or C endorsement) and the combination vehicles written knowledge test (unless you have a valid CDL A Group endorsement) at a Secretary of State office.

Schedule an office visit

Drivers towing a trailer, fifth-wheel, or semi-trailer must have a recreational double endorsement ®. Those who are at least 18 years old and have a valid, unexpired Michigan driver’s license can apply for the Double R endorsement at a Secretary of State office. Drivers must complete and pass the Recreational Doubles written test and pay a $10 fee to add the endorsement to their license.

Schedule an office visit

More information about the Recreational Double endorsement

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • Most residents only need to visit a Secretary of State office every 12 years to renew their credential, take a new photo, and complete a vision test (drivers only). Those who are eligible can renew their license or ID online, by mail, or at a self-service station instead.

    You will also need to visit a Secretary of State office any time up to six months ahead of your 21st birthday to renew your license or ID in person.

  • The expiration date of your license is extended to include the next business day if your driver's license expires on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday.

    We recommend that you renew your license or ID early. In most cases, you can do so anytime up to six months in advance.

    You may be eligible to renew online, by mail, or at a self-service station. Most residents only need to visit a Secretary of State office every 12 years to renew their license in person and take a new photo.

  • Unless your license has been suspended, revoked, or restricted, you cannot apply for a state ID card if you already have a valid Michigan driver’s license (Michigan Public Act 222 of 1972, Section 28.291(2)). However, a valid, unexpired license may be used as identification.

  • To obtain an International Driving Permit, contact the Automobile Club of Michigan (AAA) or American Automobile Touring Alliance (AATA) before traveling out of the U.S. You must continue to drive with your valid, unexpired Michigan license in addition to your translated permit while abroad.

    If you are licensed to drive in a foreign country and plan to drive while visiting or temporarily residing in Michigan, you will need an International Driving Permit if your driver’s license is not already translated in English.

  • Most residents can replace their license, ID, or permit online or at a self-service station. If you’re not eligible to do so, visit a Secretary of State office to provide an official document proving your identity (i.e.: certified birth certificate, valid U.S. passport, valid military ID, etc.).

    You will be issued a temporary paper credential to use until your replacement arrives by mail. You can track the processing of your credential through your online Secretary of State account.

    License, ID, or permit replacement

  • We advise that you allow 30 days after your transaction for the U.S. Postal Service to deliver your license or ID. If you have not received your license or ID within this time, create or log into your online Secretary of State account to confirm your address and check whether it was returned as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service.

    If your card was undeliverable, update your address online or by mail and order a replacement. Please note that your address must exactly match U.S. Postal Service records.

    If your address is correct, contact our department for assistance.

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  • Aging drivers, their families and friends, and healthcare providers may visit the Safe Drivers Smart Options: Keys for Lifelong Mobility website for information and resources for active older drivers and those who may be considering limiting their driving and using alternative transportation.

    Go to Michigan.gov/AgingDriver


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