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How to Apply for a Michigan Identification Card

The Michigan Secretary of State Division (SOS) issues non-driver identification cards to State residents who don't have a valid ID card, driver license or an instruction permit from the State or any other jurisdiction. The ID card can be used to prove your identity, age, and residence in a variety of situations. The identification card is valid for four years, and expires on your birthday four years after it was issued. A person cannot have a valid state license and an ID card simultaneously.

APPLYING FOR A MICHIGAN ID CARD

  1. Locate the Secretary of State office nearest to you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online. Call the Department of State Information at (888) SOS-MICH (767-6424) for assistance.
  2. Bring proper identification. You may be asked to present more than one piece of identification.
  3. You must also provide one piece of proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you are required to sign a Statement of Not Eligible for Social Security Number form.
  4. Provide proof of Michigan residence, at least 2 pieces with your name and Michigan residential address.
  5. Pay the ID card application fee, currently $10. A free ID card is issued if you are 65 years of age or older, to individuals whose license has been revoked or suspended, or if you are legally blind.
  6. You must also surrender any valid driver license or instruction permit issued by the state of Michigan or any other jurisdiction.

RENEWING A MICHIGAN ID CARD

  1. A Michigan ID card is valid for 4 years.
  2. Locate the Secretary of State office nearest to you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online. Call the Department of State Information at (888) SOS-MICH (767-6424) for assistance.
  3. Bring proper identification. You may be asked to present more than one piece of identification.
  4. You must also provide one piece of proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you are required to sign a Statement of Not Eligible for Social Security Number form.
  5. Provide proof of Michigan residence, at least 2 pieces with your name and Michigan residential address.
  6. Pay the ID card renewal fee, currently $10. A free ID card is issued if you are 65 years of age or older, to individuals whose license has been revoked or suspended, or if you are legally blind.

REPLACING A LOST, STOLEN, OR DESTROYED ID CARD

You may be issued a replacement identification card if your original ID card has been lost, stolen or destroyed, or if you have had a name or address change. If it is due to expire very soon, you can also apply for a renewal.

  1. Locate the Secretary of State office nearest to you, as you will have to apply for the ID card in person. You cannot apply online. Call the Department of State Information at (888) SOS-MICH (767-6424) for assistance.
  2. Bring proper identification. You may be asked to present more than one piece identification.
  3. You must also provide one piece of proof of your social security number (SSN). If you have never been issued a SSN, you are required to sign a Statement of Not Eligible for Social Security Number form.
  4. Provide proof of Michigan residence, at least 2 pieces with your name and Michigan residential address.
  5. If your name has changed, you must provide proof of name change such as a divorce decree, marriage license, or a legal name change document.
  6. Pay the ID card replacement fee, currently $10. A free ID card is issued if you are 65 years of age or older, to individuals whose license has been revoked or suspended, or if you are legally blind.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Michigan is planning to introduce two new cards as listed below.
  • With the Real ID Act passed, an upgraded ID card will be issued by the state of Michigan, with additional safety features and will act as a passport alternative.
  • An enhanced ID card which will serve as a passport alternative when traveling in Canada and other Western Hemisphere countries will be issued under the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.
  • See also Applying for a New License.
  • See also Change of Address.

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