Michigan Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to take a motorcycle training course?
If you are 16 or 17, you will be required to successfully complete a motorcycle training course. However, if you are 18 or older, you have the option to take this course or pass a motorcycle riding test.

Upon completing the course, you must take your completion card to a nearby SOS office in order to have your skills test waived. You do not need to provide your own motorcycle for the motorcycle safety program.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Michigan

Am I required to wear a helmet while riding a motorcycle?
Unlike most states, Michigan allows drivers with a motorcycle license to decide whether or not they want to wear a helmet. If you choose not to wear one, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are at least 21.
  • You have had a motorcycle endorsement on your license for two years or more or you have taken a motorcycle safety course.
  • You have a minimum of $20,000 in first-party medical benefits.

If you are younger than 21, you must wear a helmet at all times.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Michigan

Are there times I won’t be allowed to renew registration?
If any of the following apply to you, you will be unable to renew car registration:

  • You have unpaid tickets
  • You have unpaid late fees
  • You are moving to a different state

In order to renew car registration online, you must have received a renewal notice in the mail with a proper PIN. You may be charged an extra fee to renew through the ExpressSOS system.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Michigan

Can I have different addresses on my driver license and my vehicle registration?
Part of thesteps to change addresson a Michigan drivers license include updating the information on car registration documentation. To do so, simply visit your local SOS office and present your current car registration, as well as your Michigan license to drive. You can also submit your new address online or by mail with a Change of Address form.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Michigan

Can I keep the car insurance I have from my previous state of residence?
No, you are required to apply for car insurance in Michigan if that is the state in which you currently reside. When getting vehicle insurance, you must get the minimum insurance coverage, which include the following:

  • Property Protection (PPI)
  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
  • Residual Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability (BI/PD)

For more information: Michigan Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

Can I renew my commercial drivers license online?
Yes, commercial drivers can renew drivers licenses online through the Michigan Express SOS system. To be qualified for online renewal, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen.
  • Have completed your last renewal process in person.

However, if you have an enhanced CDL license, you will not be allowed to complete your renewal online.

For more information: Michigan Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can I request a certified driver’s record online?
The state of Michigan only allows certified driving records to be obtained in person. There is currently no available option to check your driving record online. If you are obtaining a copy of your own certified record, you must visit a nearby SOS office to complete the process.

For more information: Your Michigan Driving Record

Can I take the DMV written test online?
The state of Michigan requires drivers to complete their written knowledge test in person. If you are an out-of-state CDL driver who is relocating to MI, you will be required to take this test if you have a hazardous material endorsement on your license. When taking your test, be ready to present proof of identity in order to proceed with the process.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Michigan

Can I use my state CDL anywhere in the United States?
With an interstate CDL drivers license, you are legally authorized to drive across state lines. However, you must adhere to the road rules and regulations of the state you are driving to and wherever your final destination is. In addition to your Michigan drivers license, all necessary paperwork pertaining to your car registration and car insurance should be on hand at all times.

For more information: Michigan Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Can somebody else renew my registration for me?
To renew your car registration, visit a local SOS branch with the following documents:

If you are unable to make an in-person visit, then you may be eligible to renew car registration online or by mail instead. To renew by mail, you will need to submit the correct documentation, along with payment, to the address below:

Renewal by Mail Michigan Department of State 7064 Crowner Drive Lansing, MI 48980

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Michigan

Do boats need to be registered?
Boats in the state are registered with the Michigan Department of State. Registration fees vary, depending on the type of motorboat or nonpowered vessel you have. Your boat registration will expire on the third year after its issuance, specifically on March 31.

When renewing boat registration, complete the process online through the Express SOS system, in person at your SOS office or by mail. To submit renewal payment by mail, include your credit card information, money order or check and send to the following address:

Renewal by Mail 7064 Crowner Driver Lansing, MI 48918

For more information: How to Register a Boat or Water Craft in Michigan

Do I need a motorcycle license to ride a scooter or moped?
If you have a moped, the state of Michigan allows you to apply for a moped drivers license. Although you do not need to title a moped, you are required to have it registered. A scooter can be classified as either a moped or a motorcycle. Whether or not you must apply for a motorcycle license will depend on the specific type you have.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Michigan

Do I need to attend traffic school if I get a speeding ticket?
Eligible drivers may be able to take a Basic Driver Improvement Course in certain situations. Oftentimes, this type of course is ordered by the court or Secretary of State. If you are deemed qualified, you will be notified by the Michigan Secretary of State. In order to obtain more information, contact the SOS at their toll-free number 1-888-767-6424. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Michigan

Do I need to cancel my insurance if I am moving to another state?
Yes, if you are currently planning to reside in a different state, you will need to get in touch with the DMV office of your new location. A drivers license agent will be able to provide you with further details of what must be done in order to obtain insurance coverage in that state. When visiting your local DMV office, have your drivers license on hand, as well as your car title.

For more information: Michigan Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

Do I need to file a police report if my license was lost or stolen?
In the event that you have a lost drivers license or a stolen drivers license, visit your nearest police station to complete a report. After you have filed a police report, take this document with you to a local SOS office. You will need to present it along with documentation that proves your identity.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Michigan Driver’s License or ID Card

Do I need to file a police report if my registration was lost or stolen?
A lost car registration or stolen car registration will require you to stop at your local police station to file a report. When visiting a Michigan Department of State office to request duplicate car registration, make sure to have a copy of this report with you. You will also be asked to present your Michigan drivers license, current car registration and license plate number.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Michigan

Do I need to return my license plate if I move out of the state?
The Michigan Department of State does not require drivers to surrender their license plate when moving to a different state. If you choose not to surrender your license plate to a local SOS office, it must be disposed of properly in order to avoid any type of fraud. For more information, contact the MI Secretary of State at their toll-free number 1-888-767-6424. Their hours of operation are from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Michigan

Do I need to take a drivers ed course?
Yes, in both the Level 1 Learners License stage and Level 2 Intermediate License stage, you are required to take different portions of a drivers ed course. When getting drivers permit, you must complete Segment 1 of a driversed course that is approved by the SOS. If you are advancing to an intermediate license, you must complete Segment 2 of a drivers ed program.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Michigan

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
If you have a car title that was destroyed or damaged, you must turn it in at your local SOS branch. While making your in-person visit, you can also apply for a duplicate car title. Part of the process requires you to complete an Application for Michigan Vehicle Title and have payment ready for the duplicate fee.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Michigan

Do I need to turn in my damaged registration?
If you have a car registration that was damaged or mutilated, you should turn it in to your nearest SOS branch. You can also make your duplicate request in person by presenting the following documents:

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Michigan

Does a motorized scooter need to be registered?
The state of Michigan requires mopeds to be registered. It is not necessary to have it titled, but you must complete a car registration in person at a nearby SOS branch. You are required to pay a $15 fee in order to receive a three-year registration decal that must be placed on your moped. When operating a moped, you must wear a helmet at all times if you are a driver under the age of 19.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Michigan

Does my vehicle qualify for a smog inspection?
The state of Michigan does not require smog or emissions testing. Residentsregister carsby visiting a nearby SOS office and presenting the documents below:

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Michigan

How can I avoid a license suspension if I choose not to insure my vehicle?
If you are a resident of Michigan who no longer wishes to operate a motor vehicle, you can avoid a drivers license suspension by canceling your car registration and surrendering your license plates. You can fulfill these steps by visiting your local Department of State office with the aforementioned items. You will also need to present your most recent Michigan drivers license.

For more information: Michigan Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

How can I get a veteran designation on my ID card?
If you are an eligible veteran, you may request to have this special designation on your MI ID card at your local Secretary of State branch. If you prefer to make your request by mail, you will need to wait until it is time to renew your ID card in order to not have any additional fees apply.

The distinction on your ID card will be made with a red, printed “Veteran” located at the bottom.

For more information: How to Apply for a Michigan Identification Card

How can I obtain a copy of the driver manual?
Drivers can obtain an electronic copy of the Michigan Department of State driving manual online. The complete manual, which consists of eight chapters, provides in-depth details and information about the following topics:

  • Everything you need to know about your MI drivers license
  • Road safety skills, road signs seat belt information and traffic laws
  • How to tackle and be prepared for special situations on the road
  • Michigan ID cards and Voter Registration information
  • Helpful links and resources

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Michigan

How can I pay for my traffic or parking ticket?
The state of Michigan has its own ticket payment system that allows you to pay for citations online. Through the Michigan government website, you can pay traffic fines for both traffic and non-traffic tickets.

You can also pay for your ticket in person by getting in touch with clerks of court in the county where your ticket was issued. Review your citation for further information, including a phone number you can call.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Michigan

How can I renew my drivers license?
The Michigan Secretary of State allows drivers to renew licensesin a number of ways, including online, in person or by mail. See the proper instructions for each below.

Online Renew your drivers license online through the MI ExpressSOS system, which you will find on the Secretary of State website. Although you can renew a standard drivers license online, you will be required to make an in-person visit to renew an enhanced license.

In Person Every eight years, you are required to renew your drivers license in person by visiting your nearest SOS branch.

By Mail After receiving the drivers license renewal notice in the mail, update your address on the form itself and send it to the location listed on the document. Complete your request by mail three weeks before the expiration date of your license.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Michigan

How can I renew my vehicle registration?
In Michigan, you can renew car registration online, in person or by mail. To be qualified to renew online, you must receive a renewal notice in the mail, which will contain a PIN. With the PIN number, you can access the ExpressSOS system.

If renewing by mail, you must send correct payment, along with your renewal notice and proof of insurance to the address below:

Renewal by Mail Michigan Department of State 7064 Crowner Drive Lansing, MI 48980

If you are a resident currently outside the state or a military member, send proper documentation and payment to this address instead:

Out-of-State Resident Services Unit 7064 Crowner Drive Lansing, MI 49818

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Michigan

How can I transfer a car title if I have a lien on it?
In the state of Michigan you are not able to complete a car title transfer if there is a lien on your title. If you are making payments on your car, the vehicle title will reflect a lien on your vehicle. To release the lien, have the lender sign the Certificate of Title or provide you with a lien termination settlement. For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Michigan
How can I transfer my registration to another state?
If you are wondering how to register cars in a new state, contact the DMV of the state you are moving to. When transferring your car registration, bring your current Michigan drivers license with you to your local DMV, as well as the following documents:

  • Proof of car ownership
  • Proof of car insurance
  • Payment for the registration fee

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Michigan

How do I apply for a commercial drivers license?
To begin applying for your Michigan CDL license, complete the following steps at your local SOS office:

  • Present proof of Social Security Number (or ineligibility)
  • Present proof of legal status in the country
  • Meet medical and physical requirements and submit a medical examiner s card (or waiver)
  • Pass a vision test
  • Pass a written knowledge exam
  • Pass a CDL road skills test
  • Pay any necessary fees

If you are applying for a commercialdrivers license with a HAZMAT endorsement, you will need to take a background check and have your fingerprints collected at an approved Transportation Security Administration (TSA) office.

You may also apply for an enhanced CDL license, as long as you are either a United States citizen or a Michigan resident. Additionally, there must be no convictions or offenses on your driving record.

For more information: Michigan Commercial Driver s License (CDL) Application

How do I apply for a disabled person parking placard or plates?
To request a disabled person license plate, fill out an Application for a Disability License Plate and have your licensed physician complete Part 2 of the form. If you would like to receive a disabled person parking placard, you will need to complete the Disability Parking Placard Application instead. Your physician must fill out Part 3 of the handicap placard application.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Michigan

How do I apply for a drivers license?
If you recently completed the Graduated Driver Licensing Program in Michigan, you will be able to obtain a full driving license in the final stage once you have reached the age of 18.

For drivers who have recently moved to Michigan, you need to complete the following requirements at your local SOS office:

  • Show proof of Social Security Number (or ineligibility)
  • Show proof of legal status in the country
  • Show proof of identity
  • Show proof of Michigan residency
  • Pass a vision test and physical standards
  • Take a new license photo
  • Submit payment for any required fees

Michigan also offers an Enhanced Drivers License as a convenient document for those who travel by sea or land from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Caribbean. An Enhanced Drivers License will allow you to re-enter the U.S. without issue. For drivers applying for an Enhanced Drivers License, you must complete the following:

  • Show proof of Social Security Number (or ineligibility)
  • Show proof of legal status in the country
  • Show proof of identity
  • Show proof of Michigan residency
  • Take a new license photo
  • Submit payment for any required fees

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Michigan

How do I apply for a learner’s permit?
The state of Michigan has a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program in place for teenagers obtaining a drivers license for the first time. The program consists of the following stages:

  • Learner s License
  • Intermediate License
  • Full Michigan Drivers License

To apply for aMI learners permit, you will be required to do so in person at a local MI SOS office. You must be at least 14 years and nine months old, and you must also meet the following requirements:

  • Pass a vision test
  • Complete Segment 1 of drivers ed (By passing Segment 1, you will be exempt from taking a written knowledge exam)
  • Complete a Level 1 application
  • Present proof of identity

When advancing to an Intermediate License, you must have held your learners permit for at least six months and be at least 16 years old. You will then be required to complete Segment 2 of drivers ed and pass a road skills driving test. A full drivers license is issued when you are at least 17 years old and have held your Intermediate License for at least six months with no violations.

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Michigan

How do I apply for a motorcycle license?
When getting yourMI motorcycle license, you must visit your local SOS branch and be prepared to complete a set of requirements, such as the ones below.

For those 18 and older:

  • Pass a motorcycle skills test (if you have not submitted proof of successfully completing a motorcycle safety course)
  • Pass a written knowledge exam
  • Present proof of identity and other documentation
  • Have payment ready for applicable fees

For those who are 16 or 17, to receive a Temporary Instruction Permit:

  • Hold a Level 2 or 3 Graduated Drivers License
  • Complete a motorcycle safety course
  • Pass a written exam
  • Pass a vision test
  • Parent s signature on the application
  • Have payment ready for applicable fees

With a Temporary Instruction Permit, you are not authorized to ride during nighttime hours or with passengers. Additionally, you must have a licensed driver who is at least 18 present to supervise you.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Michigan

How do I change my address on my car insurance?
Complete an official address change on your policy by contacting your car insurance company. You may be able to easily inform them of your new residential address by phone, or you may be asked to submit your request in person. When making a face-to-face visit, make sure to have your current drivers license with you.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Michigan

How do I change my address on my car registration?
The Michigan Department of State allows drivers to complete address changing on their car registration in the following manners:

  • Online
  • In person
  • By mail

To change by mail, you must complete a Change of Address form and send it to the MI SOS address on the application. If making your address change request in person, have a copy of your current car registration with you.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Michigan

How do I change my address on my commercial drivers license?
If you are a commercial license holder, you must report a change of address in person at your local MI Secretary of State. You will need to present your current drivers license or ID card, a completed Michigan Change of Address/Voter Registration form.

The MI SOS does not charge a fee for a change of address. Once your address change has been process, you will be provided with a change of address sticker to be attached on the back of your Michigan driving license or identification card.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Michigan

How do I change my address on my drivers license?
The Michigan Secretary of State makes it simple for you to complete an official address change in one of three ways: online, in person or by mail. To complete this online process, use the MI Express SOS system. If you prefer to change your address in person, visit a local SOS branch with your current drivers license. To submit the change request by mail, fill out a Change-of-Address and Voter Registration Form and send it to the address on the application.

There is no charge to change the address on your Michigan drivers license.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Michigan

How do I change my address on my ID card?
You can change the address on your ID card the same way you would with your drivers license. Three options are currently available: online, in person or by mail. An online change of address can be made by using the MI ExpressSOS system. If changing your address in person, bring your valid ID card. Complete a Change of Address and Voter Registration Form if you would like to send your request by mail.

The MI SOS does not charge a select fee for an ID card address change.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Michigan

How do I change my name on my car insurance?
Along with your titling and registration, you must also take steps to change name with your car insurance company. Contact them by phone or in person to have your new name reflected in their system. Be prepared to bring any necessary documents should it be requested of you.
How do I change my name on my car registration?
To update names on your car registration, visit a local SOS with the documents listed below:

  • Proof of name change, such as a marriage license, divorce decree or anothercourt-approved document
  • Your current Michigan drivers license
  • Your current car title
  • Your current car registration

The Michigan Secretary of State does not charge any fees to correct your car registration.

How do I change my name on my driver’s license?
Before changing names on drivers license, you must first update your name with the Social Security Administration. To complete this process with the SSA, simply visit their website and locate a branch near you by searching with your ZIP code. You can also change your name with the SSA by mail.

Thereafter, you will be able to update this information with the Michigan SOS. Visit a local office with the following documentation:

  • Proof of name change, such as a marriage license, divorce decree or anothercourt-approved document.
  • Your current Michigan drivers license
How do I change my name on my ID card?
To change names on ID card, you will need to follow the same steps you would to update the information on your drivers license. First, make your name change with the Social Security Administration prior to modifying your records with the Michigan SOS. Get started by visiting the SSA website and finding a branch near you or mailing your new name request.

You can then visit a Michigan SOS office to update your information in person. Bring the following documentation with you:

  • Proof of name change, such as a marriage license, divorce decree or anothercourt-approved document.
  • Your current Michigan drivers license
How do I contact the Social Security Administration for my name change?
Visit the Social Security Administration website to get started on name changing requests. The SSA allows you to update your name either in person at one of their offices or by mail. You will be required to fill out an Application for a Social Security Card with the corrected information. Changing your name with the SSA is free of charge.
How do I file a complaint when I believe someone has illegally accessed my DMV record?
Unauthorized use of a Michigan driversrecord may have serious consequences. If you have reason to believe that somebody has obtained your driving record without your permission, contact the Michigan Department of State Record Lookup Unit by calling 517-322-1181. You can also send a written letter to the address below:

Michigan Department of State Record Lookup Unit 7064 Crowner Drive Lansing, MI 48918-1502

For more information: Your Michigan Driving Record

How do I file a police report if my car registration was stolen?
In the event that you have a lost car registration or a stolen car registration, you must visit a nearby police station to file a report. Make sure to bring this police report to your local SOS office when making a request for a duplicate car registration. There is no fee for a car registration replacement.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Michigan

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
If you have a stolen car title, visit the nearest police station to file a report. You will be required to submit this report when making your Michigan duplicate car titlerequest in person. The Michigan Department of State charges a $15 replacement fee. It is to the discretion of the SOS whether or not this fee is waived upon your visit. Fees may vary and change without notice.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Michigan

How do I get a copy of my driving record?
The state of Michigan allows individuals to obtain adriving record by phone, fax, mail or walk-in. The telephone service is only available to those who are requesting their own drivers record.

Fax In order to request a driving record by fax, you will need to have an account set up with the Michigan Department of State. You will then be required to submit a MI DOS Requesting Your Own Record to the fax number 512-322-1181.

By Phone To make a drivers record request over the phone, call 512-322-1624 and have a credit card available for the transaction. Only those individuals with a Michigan Department of State account may use this option.

In Person Visit your local SOS office to complete this process in person.

By Mail Submit a MI DOS Requesting Your Own Record and proper payment to the following address:

Michigan Department of State Record Lookup Unit 7064 Crowner Drive Lansing, MI 48918-1502

For more information: Your Michigan Driving Record

How do I get a duplicate ID card?
You can replace your ID card in one of two ways, either online or in person. To request a duplicate ID card online, use the MI Express SOS system. When renewing at nearby Secretary of State office, show proof of your Social Security Number (or ineligibility), as well as proof of legal status in the country.

If you are currently out of state, you can replace your ID online or by mail to the following address:

Michigan Department of State Out-of-State Resident Services Unit 7064 Crowner Drive Lansing, Michigan 48918

For more information: How to Apply for a Michigan Identification Card

How do I get a hardship license?
To apply for a hardship license, you must first complete a portion of your suspension period. You can then call the Michigan Department of State to inquire about what additional steps you need to take. For more information, their toll-free number is 1-888-767-6424. You can also visit a nearby SOS branch and speak to drivers license agent.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Michigan

How do I get a replacement license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
If you are currently stationed outside of Michigan, you have the option of requesting a drivers license replacement either online or by mail. U.S. citizens with a Social Security Number can complete this request online by using the Express SOS system. If you would like to replace your license by mail, fill out the Duplicate Driver License Application and mail it to the address on the form. Be sure to include your APO/FPO address on the application.

Your new drivers license can only be sent to the residential address on file with the Michigan Department of State.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Michigan Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I get a traffic ticket dismissed?
A common way to have a traffic ticket price dismissed is by fighting your citation in court with a traffic attorney. You can hire a traffic attorney to represent you in court and present all the necessary paperwork. In some instances, you may also have the option to attend a Basic Driver Improvement course to reduce the number of points on your driving record.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Michigan

How do I know if my license was mailed after it has been restored?
The best way to find out if your drivers license has been mailed out is by contacting the Michigan Secretary of State directly. You can do so by calling their toll-free number at 888-767-6424 or 888. You can also make an in-person visit to any of the Michigan SOS location. Find a MI SOS location near you using our DMV locator. For more information: Suspended License Information for Michigan
How do I obtain a copy of someone else’s driving record?
The state of Michigan allows individuals to request another person s DMV driving record by mail, fax or in person.

Fax In order to request a driving record by fax, you will need to set up an account with the Michigan Department of State. Complete and sign a MI DOS Requesting Your Own Record form to the fax number 512-322-1181.

In Person Visit your local SOS office to complete this process in person.

By Mail Submit a MI DOS Requesting Your Own Record and proper payment to the following address:

Michigan Department of State Record Lookup Unit 7064 Crowner Drive Lansing, MI 48918-1502

If you need to make a large quantity of requests, then call 1-877-675-6708.

For more information: Your Michigan Driving Record

How do I obtain a duplicate car registration?
To get a duplicate car registration, make your request either online or in person. If you would like to complete your transaction online, you will need to use the Michigan ExpressSOS system, which you can find on the MI SOS website. With your drivers license on hand, you can make an in-person visit as a walk-in or scheduling an appointment ahead of time.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Michigan

How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
If you have a lost car title or a stolen car title, you may request a replacement online or at a Secretary of State office. When making your request in person, allow up to 15 days for your new title to arrive in the mail. The Michigan Department of State charges a $15 duplicate fee. This fee is subject to change without notice.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Michigan

How do I obtain a duplicate license?
The state of Michigan allows drivers to request a duplicatedrivers license online or a nearby SOS office.

In order to get a duplicate online, you must apply through the Michigan ExpressSOS system. You will need to have a Social Security Number and be a United States citizen

To apply in person, visit your local Secretary of State office with proof of identity. Acceptable documents may include your United States passport, marriage license, birth certificate or some form of photo ID. Photocopies will be not be accepted.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen or Mutilated Michigan Driver s License or ID Card

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
Getting a salvaged car title will require you to do the following:

You can also submit your request for a salvaged title by mail. You will need to send a $15 check, along with proper documentation and application, to the address below:

Michigan Department of State Out of State Resident Services Unit 7064 Crowner Drive Lansing, MI 48918

Your check must be made payable to the “State of Michigan.”

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Michigan

How do I obtain car registration?
To begin the process of car registration, you must visit a MI SOS office and present the following documentation:

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Michigan

How do I reinstate after a revocation as a Habitual Traffic Offender?
The proper procedure to reinstate suspended drivers licenseswill depend on the offense you committed, and if your license is under suspension or revocation. To find out what particular steps you must adhere to, contact the Michigan Department of State for information about your specific case. You can reach them at 1-888-767-6424 from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Michigan

How do I reinstate my license if I refused to submit a breath/urine/blood test?
If you refuse to take a chemical test and it is your first offense, your DWI suspension period will last for 12 months. Your license will be suspended for two years if you have previously refused to submit to the chemical test. In order to begin the reinstatement process, you must follow the terms of your suspension summary and complete any necessary requirements.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Michigan

How do I reinstate my suspended license?
Whenreinstating suspended drivers license, you will need to follow the rules set forth in your suspension summary. This will include paying reinstatement fees (the standard amount is $125). You will also need to complete an Application for Driver s License Reinstatement, as well.

If you would like to request a hearing for your suspended license, you can do so by filling out a Request for Hearing form and sending it to the Michigan SOS by fax at 517-335-2190.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Michigan

How do I remove points from my driver’s license?
You may have the option to attend a Basic Driver Improvement course in order to have points removed from your drivers license. If you are deemed eligible to take this class, you will receive notification from the Michigan Department of State. The state of Michigan does not remove points from a driving record for a period of two years. Most serious offenses can add up to six points on your record.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Michigan

How do I renew my driving permit?
Once you have held onto your Level 1 Learners License for six months, you can then apply for your Level 2 Intermediate License. You will be required to hold your intermediate license for at least six months before you can obtain a full drivers license in the state of Michigan.

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Michigan

How do I renew my ID card?
In Michigan, you have three options to renew an identification card. See what they are below, so you can decide which is most convenient for you.

Online You can renew online through the MI ExpressSOSsystem if you are a United States citizen with a Social Security Number.

In Person Renew at your local SOS office by bringing your current Michigan ID card, showing proof of SSN (or ineligibility) and having payment ready for the renewal fee.

By Mail

To renew by mail, you must submit your renewal notice to the address on the letter and submit payment by credit card, check or money order.

For more information: How to Apply for a Michigan Identification Card

How do I renew my license if I am in the military and stationed elsewhere?
Those in the military can renew driving licenses up to 12 months before it expires at an SOS office. However, if you are currently stationed outside the state, your renewal can be completed by mail. For more information, contact the MI DOS Out-of-State Resident Services Unit at 517-322-1473. You can also fax them at 517-322-5438, or write to them at the address below:

Michigan Department of State Out-of-State Resident Services Unit 7064 Crowner Drive Lansing, MI 48918

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Michigan

How do I renew my medical report for a commercial license?
You must keep your medical report up to date by visiting a FMCSA-certified medical examiner. Thereafter, present your Medical Examiner s Certificate (DOT Medical Card) to the MI DOS. To learn more, contact the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) at 517-853-5990.

For more information: Michigan Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How do I renew my motorcycle license?
To renew a motorcycle license in Michigan, you have the option to do so online, in person or by mail.

In Person You are required to complete a motorcycle license renewal in person every eight years at any branch office. Payment can be made with debit card, credit card, cash, check or money order.

By Mail Tocomplete the process by mail, you must send out your signed renewal notice and payment for any fees to the listed address on the document. Make sure to submit your request by mail at least three weeks before your license expires.

Online

To renew online, visit the MI SOS website and follow the instructions for the ExpressSOS system. Your last renewal must have been conducted in person in order to complete an online renewal.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Michigan

How do I replace my license if I am a non-U.S. citizen?
If you are not a United States citizen and need a Michigan drivers license copy, present the following documents at the SOS:

  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Letter of ineligibility for Social Security Number

For other acceptable documents, contact the Michigan Department of State to learn more.

Otherwise, you can also order a replacement drivers license online.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Michigan Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I replace my license if I lost it out of state?
If you lost your license outside of Michigan, the SOS allows you to request a replacement in one of three ways: online, fax or by mail.

Online To replace DMV drivers license online, use the ExpressSOS system on the Michigan Department of State website. In order to complete the process, you must be a United States citizen with a Social Security Number.

Fax You can easily fax your replacement request by filling out the Duplicate Driver License Application and sending it to 517-322-5438. You will need to include your credit card information on the form for the replacement fee.

By Mail If submitting your request by mail, attach a check or money order to your Duplicate Driver License Application and send it to the address on the form.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Michigan Driver’s License or ID Card

How do I transfer my car title between states?
If you are in the process of moving to another state, you will need to get in touch with the DMV of your new location. A drivers license representative will be able to further assist you and guide you through the proper steps oftransferring car titles.When moving to Michigan, bring your out-of-state car title, vehicle registration and new driver s license. You will need to first get a Michigan driver s license to then transfer car titles between states.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Michigan

How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
In the event that you have lost your car title, you may request a replacement either online through the MI ExpressSOS system or at a nearby branch. Requests that are made in person cannot be completed without your Michigan drivers license.

A charge of $15 will apply for the duplicate fee. Once your request has been processed, you can expect to receive your duplicate car title in the mail within 7 to 10 business days.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Michigan

How do I transfer my car title?
If you are the seller of a used vehicle, follow these steps below to transfer car titles:

  • Complete a bill of sale for the buyer
  • Note the odometer reading
  • Remove the license plate from your vehicle

If you are the buyer of a used vehicle, bring these items to the SOS office:

If you are purchasing a new vehicle from a dealership, the dealer will give you a new car title documentation to the Michigan Department of State.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Michigan

How do I transfer the title of my RV?
To obtain an RV title, follow the standard car title transfer procedures as is done for a standard passenger vehicle. When visiting your nearby DOS branch, you must bring the following documentation with you:

At the branch, you will be asked to fill out an Application for Certificate of Manufactured Home Ownership.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Michigan

How does a military member obtain a motorcycle license?
If you are currently stationed outside the state, you can submit an application for a motorcycle license endorsement by completing the following:

  • Successfully pass a motorcycle safety course
  • Submit your MSF completion card to the Michigan Department of State

Contact the Michigan Department of State, Out-of-Resident Services unit at 517-322-1473 for further information about the process, including how you can send your card by mail and thereafter receive your new license.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Michigan

How does the DMV check my vision?
Drivers need to pass a vision test provided by the Michigan Department of State when filling out a drivers license application. If you do not meet the minimum vision standards, you will be referred to seek your eye-care doctor to provide the SOS with a vision statement. If you wear contact lenses for driving, a special notation will be made on your drivers license stating so.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Michigan

How long do I need my learners permit before I can get my drivers license?
Before you can apply for an Intermediate License, you must have held your Michigan learners permit for at least six months. You must also be at least 16 years old. Your Level 2 Intermediate License will require you to pass a road skills test, hold this license for six months and have no moving violations on your record. Once you have fulfilled these requirements and have reached the age of 17, you will then be eligible for a full license with no restrictions.

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Michigan

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
If you recently requested a duplicate car title online, call the Michigan Department of State to find out about expected delivery. If you need same-day service for your title, then visit your local branch to make this request for an additional fee. You must be the owner of the vehicle in order to obtain same-day delivery. Standard in-person requests for a duplicate car title take up to 14 days for mail arrival.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Michigan

How long will I have a suspended license for not taking a chemical test?
If you refuse to submit to a chemical test, the state of Michigan will suspend your drivers license for a period of 12 months. You will need to complete all the terms of your suspension period before you are considered eligible for reinstatement.

To reinstate suspended drivers licenses, it is mandatory that you submit payment for a reinstatement fee and fill out an Application for Driver s License Reinstatement.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Michigan

How long will it take to get my new ID card?
The length of time it will take to get ID card may depend on the method in which you choose to apply. To find out more, contact the Michigan Department of State at 1-888-767-6424. Hours of operation are from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also ask in person at your local SOS office where a drivers license agent will be ready to assist you.

For more information: How to Apply for a Michigan Identification Card

How many points can I get on my driving record before my driver’s license is suspended?
Different offenses and violations will accrue a ranging number of points on your DMV driving record. If you are unsure whether or not your driving license is suspended, request a drivers record through your local Secretary of State branch. You will be required to make proper payment in the form of a credit card, money order or check to complete your transaction.

For more information: Your Michigan Driving Record

How many times can I attend a traffic school course to remove points from my driving record?
In some instances, you may be qualified to complete a traffic school course to reduce the points on your driving record. To find out if you are eligible for a Basic Driver Improvement Course, call the Michigan Department of State and have your drivers license number available. If you are approved to take the aforementioned course, you will have the option to do so in a class setting or online.

For more information: Your Michigan Driving Record

How much does it cost to change my name on my car registration?
The Michigan Secretary of State does not charge any fee to correct the information on your car registration. In order to petition for name changes, visit a nearby SOS office with the following documents:

  • Proof of name change, such as a marriage license, divorce decree or anothercourt-approved document.
  • Your current Michigan drivers license
  • Your current car title
  • Your current car registration
How much does it cost to change my name on my car title?
Whenname changing your car title, you must visit a local Secretary of State office with proper identifying documentation and payment for the $15 fee. This fee is subject to change without notice. Vehicle owners will need to present the following:

  • Your car title
  • Your car registration
  • Your MI drivers license
  • Proof of name change
How much does it cost to change my name with the DMV?
To find out the exact cost of a new name on your Michigan drivers license, contact the Department of State at 1-888-767-6424. You can also inquire about the fee when making your name change request in person. When correcting your name at a local SOS office, you will be required to take a new photo for your drivers license.
How often do I need to renew my CDL license?
The state of Michigan requires CDL drivers to renew their license every four years. You will have up to a year to renew your commercial driving license prior to its expiration date. When renewing your CDL license, you can complete the process:

  • Online Visit the MI ExpressSOS website.
  • By Mail To the address on your renewal notice
  • At a local SOS office Must be renewed in person every eight years

For more information: Michigan Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

How soon can I renew my driver’s license?
The state of Michigan allows drivers to renew driverslicenses up to 12 months ahead of time. However, to renew this early, you must visit a nearby SOS branch and bring the following items with you:

  • Your current MI drivers license
  • Proper payment for renewal fee
  • Glasses or contact lenses if you use them to drive

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Michigan

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
In order to have the car title of a deceased transferred to your name, you must complete the following steps and present this documentation at your local SOS office:

  • Original car title
  • Current car registration or license plate number
  • Copy of death certificate

If you have further questions about your particular case, contact the Michigan Department of State at their toll-free number 1-888-767-6424.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Michigan

If I do not renew on time, will there be an additional fee?
Failure to renew your Michigan car registration on time will result in a $10 late fee. In the event that your registration has been expired for more than six months, a 24-month renewal fee will be charged. To avoid these late fees, renew car registration before it expires. You can do in person, online or by mail.

If renewing online, have the PIN from the renewal notice on hand to enter the system.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Michigan

If I file a police report, will my replacement fee be waived?
It is to the discretion of the Michigan Department of State whether or not your drivers license replacement fee is waived. Nonetheless, if you have a copy of the police report on hand, make sure to bring it with you when requesting a replacement in person. The fee for a drivers license duplicate s $9. However, this fee is subject to change without notice.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Michigan Driver’s License or ID Card

If I have been in an accident, what property damage do I have to report?
In the event that you have been involved in a car accident that resulted in property damage amounting to $1,000 or more, the crash must be reported. You must report your damage to a police officer that arrives on the scene. Make sure to have your MI car insurance and car registration available, as well as any other information you may be asked.

For more information: Michigan Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I live outside of the state for half the year, am I still required to have car insurance?
You are required to obtain car insurance in the state you reside in and have your vehicle registered. If you are currently living in Michigan, you need to maintain the minimum required amounts of car insurance.

For more information: Michigan Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I lost my traffic or parking ticket, how can I find the information again?
If you do not have your citation information available, contact the clerk of courts in the county where you received your ticket. Have your vehicle description and license plate number available, should you need to supply this information in order for them to locate you in their records. You can also visit Michigan s online ticket system to learn more about traffic and non-traffic tickets.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Michigan

If I own multiple vehicles, am I required to have them all insured?
The state of Michigan requires all drivers to have no-fault car insurance, which covers injuries and damages in auto accidents regardless of who is at fault. Therefore, if you own multiple vehicles, all of them must have no-fault vehicle coverage. Many MI insurance companies offer discounts for insuring more than one vehicle on the same insurance policy. However, keep in mind that terms and benefits offered by insurance companies vary, so make sure to check with your car insurance provider first.

For more information: Michigan Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

If I’m out of state and lost my ID, how can I get a new one?
For those who are out of state and need to obtain a duplicate ID card, you can do so online or by mail. If you would like to submit your request by mail, first call the Department of State Out-of-State Resident Services Unit at 517-322-1473. The Department will send you an application to fill out and mail back to:

Michigan Department of State Out-of-State Resident Services Unit 7064 Crowner Drive Lansing, Michigan 48918

For more information: How to Apply for a Michigan Identification Card

If my driver’s license was confiscated at the time of my DUI/DWI arrest, how do I get it back?
If you are unsure what to do after receiving a drivers license suspension, you will need to complete the terms of your DUIsuspension summary before any reinstatement process. Some of your requirements may include the following:

  • Possible imprisonment
  • Community service hours
  • Completion of an alcohol awareness course
  • Payment of reinstatement fees
  • Payment of additional court-ordered fees and fines

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Michigan

If my drivers license has been lost or stolen, how can I get it flagged with the DMV?
The DMV might flag your license number if another driver is pulled over by the police and presents your driving license as your own. Also, a DMV clerk might suggest that you should apply for a duplicate license. However, to be on the safe side, immediately report your drivers license as lost or stolen at your nearest Michigan Secretary of State (SOS). Find a MI SOS location near you using our DMV locator.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Michigan Driver’s License or ID Card

Is there a different process I must follow if I lost personalized plates?
If you would like to obtain duplicate personalized plates, you will need to visit a nearby MI SOS office for more information. Personalized plates are available for passenger vehicles, motorcycles, motorhomes, buses, vans and pickups. Approved plates are sent out to the owner within a period of three weeks after the request has been made and processed.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Michigan

Is there a minimum age I have to be to get a commercial drivers license?
To obtain a CDL driving license in the state of Michigan, you must be at least 18 years if applying for an intrastate license. If you intend to operate a vehicle across state lines, you must be at least 21 for the interstate CDL license.

To apply for a hazardous materials endorsement, the minimum age is 21. Before getting a CDL license with a hazmat endorsement, you will be required to complete a background check and have your fingerprints collected at a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) branch in your area.

For more information: Michigan Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

Is there an age limit to renew your license?
The state of Michigan has no age restrictions in place for drivers license renewal. Although you have several options available to you, drivers are required to renew their license at an SOS office every eight years. Therefore, if your last renewal was completed online or by mail, you will need to make an in-person visit for your next renewal procedure.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Michigan

Should I carry the registration on me or in the car?
Your DMV car registrationmust be kept inside your vehicle at all times. You should place a photocopy of your registration in another safe location, such as your home or inside your wallet. In the event that you are pulled over by a police officer, you will be required to show proof of car registration.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Michigan

What address will my replacement license be mailed to?
Your duplicate drivers license will be sent to whichever address is on file with the Michigan Department of State. If you recently moved and changed residence, you must contact the SOS at your earliest convenience to add your new address to the system. Failure to update your address on time may result in penalties. Make sure to also present proof of your new location when changing address in person.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Michigan Driver’s License or ID Card

What are requirements for seniors to renew a driving license?
The state of Michigan imposes no special restrictions for seniors to renew their license. Like others individuals, you have the option to completedrivers license renewal in person, by mail or online. You are, however, required to renew your drivers license at a MI SOS office every eight years.

If you would like to renew by mail, send your renewal notice, along with payment for any applicable fees to the address below:

Michigan Department of State 7065 Crowner Drive Lansing, MI 48980

To renewdrivers licenses online, visit the Michigan Department of State website for proper instructions. You will need to have your drivers license number, date of birth and last four digits of your Social Security Number available.

For more information: Senior Drivers in Michigan

What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
There are a few situations that will require you to complete a MI car title transfer, including the following:

  • You are buying your vehicle from a private party.
  • You are gifting your vehicle.
  • Your are donating your vehicle.
  • You are adding a co-owner to your vehicle.
  • You are moving to a different state.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Michigan

What are some violations that may constitute in a suspended license?
Your Michigan drivers license may be suspended as the result of violations and offenses, such as the following:

  • Failure to pay child support
  • Failure to have car insurance
  • Failure to appear in court
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Multiple traffic offenses and violations
  • Accumulation of points
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving with a suspended driverslicense

For more information: Suspended License Information for Michigan

What are the age restrictions to ride a motorcycle?
If you are at least 16, you can start applying for a motorcycledrivers license in the state of Michigan. You will first be issued a Temporary Instruction Permit that does not allow you to drive at night or with a passenger. A full motorcycle license endorsement can be obtained if you are at least 18.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Michigan

What are the available commercial license endorsements?
In Michigan, there are six different types of CDL endorsements. You can apply for any of the following listed below:

  • P To operate a passenger vehicle that carries 16 or more individuals
  • N To operate a tank vehicle that holds liquids or liquefied gases
  • H To operate a vehicle with hazardous materials
  • T To operate double- or triple-trailers
  • S To operate a school bus
  • X This code is placed on a license when the CDL driver has obtained both tank and hazardous endorsements

For more information: Michigan Commercial Driver s License (CDL) Application

What are the consequences of driving with a suspended license?
If you decide to drive with a suspended driving license, not only is it illegal to do so, but you may also face the following consequences:

  • Possible jail time
  • Community service
  • A longer suspension period
  • Required completion of an alcohol awareness program
  • High fines
  • Reinstatement fees

For more information: Suspended License Information for Michigan

What are the different types of driving records?
In Michigan, you can get either a certified driving record or a non-certifieddriving record. If you are requesting a certified drivers record, you must visit a local Department of State branch with the proper payment of $9 (fees may vary). However, you can order your own non-certified driving record by mail, fax or over the phone as well.

For more information: Your Michigan Driving Record

What are the fees associated with an ID card?
The Michigan Department of State has a set list of fees for identification cards. Fees are subject to change without notice. Below are the costs for both standard state ID cards and enhanced state ID cards:

  • New ID Card (up to 65 years) – $10
  • New ID Card for seniors/blind individuals Free of charge
  • Renewed ID Card – $10
  • Renewed ID Card for seniors/blind individuals Free of charge
  • Replaced ID Card – $10
  • Corrected ID Card – $10
  • New Enhanced ID Card (up to 65 years) – $30
  • New ID Card for seniors/blind individuals $20
  • Renewed Enhanced ID Card – $30
  • Renewed Enhanced ID Card for seniors/blind individuals – $20
  • Replaced Enhanced ID Card – $30
  • Replaced Enhanced ID Card for seniors/blind individuals – $20
  • Corrected Enhanced ID Card – $30
  • Corrected Enhanced ID Card for seniors/blind individuals – $20

For more information: How to Apply for a Michigan Identification Card

What are the fees for a duplicate drivers license?
The fee to replace driving licenses in the state of Michigan is $9. This drivers license replacement fee may change without notice. When replacing your license by mail, provide payment with a check or money order. If you would like to learn about all drivers license fees, visit the MI Department of State website.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Michigan Driver’s License or ID Card

What are the learners permit restrictions during my first year?
If you have obtained your driving permit, you must abide by the following license restrictions:

  • You are only permitted to operate a vehicle with a licensed parent in the passenger seat or an adult who is 21 or older.

If you have obtained your intermediate license, you must abide by the following license restrictions:

  • You are not permitted to operate a vehicle between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. unless you are driving to and from work, driving to and from an approved activity or have a licensed parent/individual who is 21 or older in the car with you.
  • You are not permitted to operate a vehicle with more than one passenger who is 21 or younger unless these passengers are family members you re driving to and from work, driving to and from an approved activity or have a licensed parent/individual who is 21 or older in the car with you.

There are no restrictions for a full license. For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Michigan

What are the medical certifications required to obtain a CDL?
When getting a license to drive commercial, there are federal or state medical requirements a driver must abide by. You will need to visit a licensed physician and submit a medical examiner s card (or waiver) to your local SOS office. Depending on whether you intend to operate a CDL vehicle across intrastate lines or interstate lines, these medical/physical requirements may vary.

You will also need to complete a CDL Self-Certification form certifies whether you intend to operate Non-Excepted Interstate, Excepted Interstate, Non-Excepted Intrastate or Excepted Intrastate.

  • For information about interstate requirements, contact the Michigan Trucking Association at 517-321-1951.
  • For interstate, you will need to get in touch with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) at 517-853-5990.
  • If you intend to operate a school bus, call the Michigan Department of Education at 517-373-6388.

For more information: Michigan Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What are the most common reasons why I would need to replace my registration?
If you are wondering in what types of scenarios you will need to replace car registration, the most common ones are listed below:

  • Your car registration is lost
  • Your car registration is stolen
  • Your car registration is damaged
  • Your car registration is destroyed.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Michigan

What are the penalties for getting a traffic ticket with a driver’s permit?
If you are a driver under the age of 18 who was recently issued a traffic ticket fine, you may face severe penalties and consequences. Every citation you receive will be marked on your driving record, and you will be contacted by the Secretary of State. You may be handed a warning letter, or your driving abilities may be reassessed. The more traffic violations on your record, the greater the consequences.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Michigan

What are the penalties of being convicted of driving under the influence?
Driving under the influence holds severe consequences in the state of Michigan. Depending on your type of conviction, you can face multiple penalties, such as these listed below:

  • Points added to your driving record
  • Lengthy suspension period
  • High fines and fees
  • Possible imprisonment
  • Mandatory community service
  • Completion of an alcohol awareness course

There are higher penalties in place for those who are driving with a BAC of .17 or higher, as well as minors and commercial drivers.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Michigan

What are the reinstatement fees I will have to pay for a suspended license?
Your MI suspended drivers license reinstatement fee depends on the offense you have committed. Generally speaking, a standard drivers license reinstatement fee is $125. This fee is subject to change without notice, therefore you should consult with the MI SOS prior to making payment.

In addition, complete an Application for Driver s License Reinstatement.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Michigan

What are the required fees for my vehicle registration?
Your MI car registration fee depends on a few factors, such as the size of your vehicle. For an exact amount of what you are required to pay, call the Michigan Department of State at 1-888-767-6424, or inquire about pricing during your in-person visit. Make sure to bring the necessary payment with you in order to complete the transaction.

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Michigan

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
The state of Michigan has a standard $15 duplicate title fee in place. Your new title will arrive in the mail within 15 days. If you have not received your car title during this time period, contact the Michigan SOS to inquire about its status. However, if you would like to request same-day delivery, you can do so for an extra fee. You must be physically present at a local SOS office to take advantage of the same-day service.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Michigan

What are the required fees to get replacement registration?
The state of Michigan does not charge a fee for replacing car registration. You can request a duplicate auto registration certificate online or in person at a local SOS office. When making your request, you will need to have the below documents on hand:

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Michigan

What are the required fees to renew my registration?
To find out the exact cost of your car registration renewal, contact the Michigan Department of State at 1-888-767-6424. Their operating hours are from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also visit a nearby SOS branch and speak with a representative. If you decide to submit payment in person, make sure to bring your current Michigan drivers license with you, as well as your car registration.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Michigan

What are the requirements to operate a three-wheel motorcycle?
In order to operate a three-wheel motorcycle, you must follow the standard procedure of obtaining aMI motorcycledriving license. You will need to pass two tests, including the following:

  • A written knowledge test
  • A road skills test

To learn more about the rules and regulations of riding a three-wheel motorcycle, take a look at the MI SOS Supplementary Information for Three-Wheel Motorcycles pamphlet.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Michigan

What are the suspensions eligible for a hardship license?
In certain cases, a driver may be eligible to obtain a restricted drivers license during their suspension period. A restricted drivers license will allow you to drive to and from work, to and from school, and to and from authorized activities.

In order to see if you are qualified, you will need to complete a portion of your suspension period, and thereafter contact the Michigan Department of State at 1-888-767-6424.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Michigan

What do I need to do to get my driver’s license if I fail the driving test?
If you do not pass the road skills test on the first attempt, you are required to schedule a later date to retake it. When taking your drivers test, it will be necessary to show proof of car insurance, vehicle registration and a valid license plate for the vehicle you are using. If you have difficulty understanding the English instructions of the road skills test, drivers are welcome to bring a foreign language interpreter to assist them with translation.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Michigan

What documents do I need to get a learner’s permit?
To obtain your learning permit in the state of Michigan, you must present identification documents that show proof of Social Security Number (or ineligibility), legal presence in the country, identity and Michigan residency.

See below for more specifics:

  • Must present ONE proof of Social Security Number (or ineligibility). Proof of ineligibility can be a letter from the Social Security Administration.
  • Must present at least ONE proof of legal presence
  • Must present ONE or TWO documents of identity verification
  • Must present at least TWO documents with your Michigan address and name

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Michigan

What documents do I need to get a motorcycle license?
If you are getting a motorcycle license, you may be asked to show the following documents:

  • ONE proof of your Social Security Number (or ineligibility)
  • AT LEAST ONE proof of your lawful presence in the United States
  • MORE THAN ONE proof of your identity
  • AT LEAST TWO proofs of your Michigan residency

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Michigan

What documents do I need to get my drivers license?
When applying for your Michigan drivers license, present the documents below:

  • ONE proof of Social Security Number (or letter of ineligibility), such as your W-2 form or Social Security Card
  • ONE proof of legal status in the country, such as your United States passport or certified birth certificate
  • MORE THAN ONE proof of identity, such as your United States marriage license and photo ID card
  • TWO proofs of Michigan residence, such as a utility bill from the past 90 days and rental agreement

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Michigan

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
Replacing your car title at an SOS branch will require you to present your current Michigan drivers license and fill out the appropriate Application for Michigan Vehicle Title. After making your duplicate request, allow up to 15 days to get your title in the mail. If you need to receive your car title sooner, same-day delivery is also available for an additional charge.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Michigan

What documents do I need to present for proof of residency?
When making an address change request, there may be some instances that you are asked to show proof of new residence. Acceptable documents will include the following:

  • Utility bill such as your electricity, Internet or water
  • Financial statement from your bank
  • Voter s Registration Card with new address
  • Official letter from an organization you are a part of with new address
  • Mortgage agreement
  • Rent agreement

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Michigan

What documents do I need to present if I am a non-U.S. citizen changing address?
“Changing my address” on a drivers license can be completed in person with proof of identity. Make sure to bring your current Michigan drivers license with you. In the event that you are asked to submit additional identifying proof, you can present the following documents:

  • Permanent Resident Card
  • Valid Immigrant Visa with unexpired foreign passport
  • I-94 stamped
  • Unexpired foreign passport with temporary I-551

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Michigan

What documents do I need to present to get a replacement car registration?
Whether you choose to replace car registration in person or online, there are a few documents to have available:

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Michigan

What documents do I need to present to get new registration?
To apply for Michigan DMV car registration, you need to make an in-person visit to a local Michigan Department of State branch and show the following items:

For more information: How to Register a Vehicle in Michigan

What documents do I need to present to renew my car registration?
If you are renewing car registration in person, bring the following documents with you:

Aside from getting car registration renewal at a Secretary of State office, you can also complete the process at a Self-Service Station, which is found at several local government offices.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Michigan

What documents do I need to present to renew my drivers license?
When renewing drivers license, you will need to have your current Michigan license on hand. If renewing online, you will be asked to enter your drivers license number. This information will also be asked to complete your request by mail. If you would like to submit your renewal request in person, have your drivers license with you during the time of your visit.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Michigan

 

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
When transferring a car title, you must fill out a bill of sale and include the following information:

  • Vehicle s description
  • Odometer reading
  • Buyer s name, address and phone number
  • Seller s name, address and phone number
  • Selling price
  • Date of sale

During your SOS office visit, you will need to present these documents:

The state of Michigan requires residents to title their vehicle within 15 days of purchasing it.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Michigan

What documents will I need to present to replace my drivers license?
When getting a MI drivers license replacement at an SOS office, you will need to gather documentation that proves your identity. For example, the DOS will accept the following documents:

  • United States passport
  • Canadian passport
  • Certified birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce decree
  • Photo ID

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Michigan Driver’s License or ID Card

What exams do I need to pass to get a motorcycle license?
The exams you are required to take for aMichigan motorcycle driving licensedepend on your age and if you are an out-of-state resident. For example, if you are 18 or older, you will be required to pass a motorcycle skills test (if you have not submitted proof of successfully completing a motorcycle safety course). You must also take a written knowledge exam. Those who are 16 or 17 must take a motorcycle safety course, and pass both a vision and written exam.

For more information: How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in Michigan

What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
When getting a car title replacement, you may be asked to complete an Application for Michigan Vehicle Title. On this application, you will need to include information such as your vehicle description, license plate number, Vehicle Identification Number, the reason for your duplicate title and more. In completing your request for a duplicate, you will also be asked to present your Michigan drivers license.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Michigan

What happens if I don’t pay for my traffic ticket from another state?
Even though the state of Michigan is not a member of an interstate traffic violation compact, such as the Driver License Compact (DLC) or the Non-Resident Violator Compact (NRVC), it may still report a violation to your home state, while certain traffic offences may be reported to the Michigan SOS Driver License and State ID Department.

Therefore, failure to pay an out-of-state traffic ticket in Michigan may result in points being added to your driving record or even a suspended driving license.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Michigan

What happens if I get traffic ticket fines and I have a CDL?
If you are a commercial driver who has been convicted of a serious traffic violation, your drivers license may be suspended or revoked. Your drivers license may be suspended for a period of 60 days, or for a longer period. For serious convictions, you may face a drivers license suspension that lasts a year. If you are a CDL driver who transports hazardous materials, your license can be suspended for up to three years. In addition to a drivers license suspension, you may also have points entered on your driving record.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Michigan

What happens to my commercial driver license if I am convicted of a DUI?
If you have a first-time DUI conviction on yourMI CDL license, you will lose your driving privileges for 12 months. By law, the state of Michigan requires CDL drivers to notify their employers of any conviction within 30 days. To reinstate your license, you will need to complete all the terms of your suspension period, which includes paying any required fees.

For more information: Michigan Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
If your original car title is found after submitting a request for replacing car title, turn it in to your nearest SOS office. You may also choose to dispose of it in a safe manner to prevent any fraudulent activity. Your original title will be deemed invalid should it be located after your request for a new one. If you would like more information about the steps you need to take in this situation, contact the Michigan Department of State at 1-888-767-6424.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Michigan

What information does a driving record contain?
A Michigan drivers record will contain information, such as the following:

  • Your name
  • Your address
  • Your drivers license number
  • Any accidents you were involved in
  • Any violations or offenses you committed
  • The current status of your drivers license

If checking driving record by mail or fax, please allow several weeks to receive it at the address you have on file with the SOS.

For more information: Your Michigan Driving Record

What is an ID card?
Individuals who do not drive can submit an ID card application insteadThis government-issued document can be used as proof of identity for a number of situations and places. For example, your identification card can be used to enter government buildings, travel by air within the United States or to open a bank account.

In Michigan, you can get an ID card by visiting a local Secretary of State office.

For more information: How to Apply for a Michigan Identification Card

What is considered the legal alcohol limit?
What is the cost of a DUI?
Fees and fines associated with MI DUI citations will vary, depending on the type of offense you have committed. You will be required to pay certain fines, in addition to a reinstatement fee.

  • If your BAC is below .17 percent and it is your first-time offense, you will be issued a $500 fine.
  • If your BAC is .17 percent or higher and this is your first-time offense, you will be issued a $700 fine.

If you refuse to take a chemical test, your drivers license will be immediately suspended for a year.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Michigan

What is the cost of a traffic ticket?
A Michigan traffic ticket price may vary, depending on the type of citation you received. To find out the exact amount you are required to pay, review your traffic ticket. Your traffic ticket contains information about any required fees. You can pay for your citation online for your convenience, or you can fight it in court by representing yourself or with a traffic attorney.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Michigan

What is the cost to get a driver record?
Depending on the type of MI driving record you need, there are different fees associated with each. The current list of fees is as follows:

  • An uncertified driving record – $8
  • A certified driving record – $9

These fees may change without notice. When getting your driving record, the MI DOS accepts a credit card, money order or check as form of payment.

For more information: Your Michigan Driving Record

What is the DUI penalty for a CDL driver?
If you are a commercial driver who is convicted of aMI DUI for the first time, your drivers license will be suspended for a full year. This suspension period increases to three years if you are a CDL driver who carries hazardous materials.

If you have been previously convicted, and this is your second or third offense, your drivers license will be revoked for at least 10 years.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Michigan

What is the DUI penalty for a minor?
The state of Michigan has zero tolerance for those under the age of 21 convicted of driving under the influence. As such, the following types of penalties are imposed when it is a first offense:

  • You will have a restricted drivers license for 30 days.
  • You will be charged a $250 fine and/or up to 360 hours of community service to complete.
  • You will have four points added to your drivers record.
  • You will be charged a $500 Driver Responsibility Fee for the next two years.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Michigan

What is the minimum liability insurance coverage?
In Michigan, you are required to get these amounts of minimum coverage:

Residual Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability (BI/PD) – $20,000 per person, $40,000 per accident and $10,000 for vehicle damage or property damage.

The Personal Injury Protection (PIP) covers “all reasonable and necessary medical expenses” related to a car accident. The Property Protection (PPI) covers damage that results up toone million dollars. You also have the option to get additional insurance for car coverage.

For more information: Michigan Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What is the passing score for a written test?
When getting drivers permits, you may need to take a Michigan SOS written knowledge exam, which consists of 40 questions. In order to find out about the passing grade, contact your local Michigan Secretary of State office for more information. If making an in-person visit, bring proof of identification and be ready to submit an application fee.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Michigan

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
Whengetting car titles for motorcycles, motorcyclists visit a local SOS office with the following documentation:

  • Proof of vehicle ownership
  • Your current Michigan drivers license
  • Your Michigan car insurance

For more information: Title Transfers or Obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Michigan

What languages is the written test available in?
If you need to take the written knowledge test in another language other than English, contact the Michigan Department of Stateto inquire about other available options. You can call them at their toll-free number 1-888-767-6424. Operating hours are from Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. You will need to take your written test at a Secretary of State office in your area.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Michigan

What must I do to reinstate my driver’s license as a result of a DUI/DWI?
Your reinstatement requirements will depend on the offense you have committed. If this is your first driving while intoxicated offense and you are convicted of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), these penalties will go into effect:

  • A fine of $100 to $500 with one or more of the following up to 93 days in jail and up to 360 hours of community service
  • Suspended drivers license for up to 30 days
  • Points added to your driving record
  • Required payment of Driver Responsibility Fee

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Michigan

What penalties will I face if I do not change my address with the DMV?
The state of Michigan has some strict penalties in place for those who do not update the address on their drivers license. Failure to do so may result in a license suspension. To avoid this consequence, update your address:

  • Online.
  • In person.
  • By mail.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Michigan

What penalties will I face if I do not renew my expired drivers license?
If you do not renew Michigan drivers licenses on time, you may be charged late fees and other penalties. With so many options to renew your drivers license, the state of Michigan makes it easy to choose the method that is most convenient for you. Renew online, by mail or in person. In order to properly proceed with the process, make sure to have your current drivers license available.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver s License in Michigan

What proof of insurance can I provide when registering my car?
When registering your vehicle, you can present your insurance card as proof. You will also be required to show proof of car ownership and your current Michigan drivers license. You can submit all of these documents at your local Secretary of State office. If you have any questions regarding any other documentation, call your nearby MI SOS branch ahead of time.

For more information: Michigan Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

What should I do if I have not received my registration tags or stickers?
If a sufficient amount of time has passed and you have not received your registration documentation, you can contact the Michigan Department of State at 1-888-767-6424 for further details. You may be asked for your drivers license number, as well car registration information, to confirm your identity.

If you prefer to inquire about your DMV car registration in person, simply stop by a nearby SOS branch with proper documentation. Those individuals who renewed their registration online should also bring proof of receipt.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Michigan

What should I do if I have not received my renewed license?
In the event that you have yet to receive your renewed license, you must contact the Michigan Department of State at 1-888-767-6424 to inquire about its status. Their hours of operation are Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also make a visit to a nearby SOS branch for more information about your renewed license. If you processed your request online, bring a copy of the transaction receipt with you.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Michigan

What test do I need to take for my learners permit?
As part of your process to get a learning permit, the state of Michigan requires potential drivers to complete and pass the following tests:

  • A vision exam
  • Segment 1 of drivers education (By passing Segment 1, you will be exempt from taking a written knowledge exam)

For more information: Learner s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Michigan

What tests do I have to take to obtain a CDL?
When you apply for a CDL license, depending on the CDL group and endorsement you are applying for, you may be required to take one or more of the following:

  • A general knowledge written test
  • An air brake knowledge written test (if your vehicle has air brakes)
  • A combination vehicle written test
  • A driving skills test

A driving skills test is compromised of a Basic Vehicle Control Skills Test, a Pre-Trip Vehicle Inspection Test and an On-Road Driving Test. For more information: Michigan Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Application

What tests will I need to take for my drivers license?
If you are an out-of-state resident moving to the state of Michigan, you need to pass a vision test and meet physical standards. In order to be issued a MI license to drive, you must meet the minimum vision standards of the state. As for the physical screening process, you will be asked a few, simple health questions. Before obtaining your new license, you will need to take an updated photo.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Michigan

What type of car insurance am I required to have?
The state of Michigan requires you to obtain these types of car insurance:

  • Property Protection (PPI)
  • Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
  • Residual Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability (BI/PD)

Failure to maintain car insurance will result in severe penalties, including the suspension of your Michigan drivers license.

For more information: Michigan Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

What type of noncommercial license will I need?
The state of Michigan offers two different types of noncommercial driving licenses: a full standard license and an enhanced license. If you would like to update your regular license to an enhanced license, show the below documents at a local Secretary of State office:

  • Proof of United States citizenship
  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of Michigan residency
  • Proof of Social Security Number (or letter of ineligibility)

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver’s License in Michigan

What will happen if I fail to get or keep car insurance?
Failure to get car insurance in the state of Michigan may result in the suspension of your drivers license. A drivers license suspension comes with severe penalties and consequences that can include:

  • Possible jail time
  • Community service hours
  • High fines and fees
  • A long suspension period

In order to avoid an unpleasant situation, you are required to obtain the minimum insurance coverage in the state.

For more information: Michigan Auto Insurance – Get a Quote and Save

When can I reinstate my license after it has been suspended?
In order to reinstate suspendeddrivers licenses, you first need to adhere to the rules set forth in your suspension period. Only after you have completed your suspension period will you be eligible to apply for a reinstated license. For information pertaining to your particular case, contact the Michigan Department of State at 1-888-767-6424.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Michigan

When does my car registration expire?
Your car registration is valid for a full 12-month period before you are required to apply for renewal. If you do not renew by the expiration date, you will be charged a late fee. If more than six months have passed since your registration expired, a 24-month renewal fee will apply. In order to avoid any confusion or penalties, make sure to renew your car registration on time.

Your local SOS office accepts the following forms of payment:

  • Check
  • Money Order
  • Cash
  • Credit Card (Discover, MasterCard and Visa)

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Michigan

When does my ID card expire?
A standard or enhanced Michigan ID card is valid for four years. You will receive a renewal notice in the mail prior to its expiration date. Once it is time to renew your ID card, you will have the option to do so:

  • Online
  • In person
  • By Mail

For more information: How to Apply for a Michigan Identification Card

When must I change my address with the DMV?
The Michigan Secretary of State requires drivers to notify them of a new residence whenever you move. You will not be charged any fees for this update. However, you must modify the information on your drivers license, car insurance, car title and car registration to ensure that your records are accurate and up to date.

For more information: How to Handle a Change of Address in Michigan

When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
A bill of sale is essential during the sale of a car between two private parties. The information on this document should be completed by the seller, and should contain the following details:

  • VIN
  • Vehicle description
  • Current mileage
  • Buyer s name, address and phone number
  • Seller s name, address and phone
  • Date of sale
  • Selling price

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Michigan

When will I need to renew my license?
The Department of State will mail you a renewal notice about 45 days before the expiration date on your drivers license. However, it is advisable to renew your driver’s license before it expires. You can do so up to one year before expiration at any MI DMV location near you. The Michigan SOS allows you to renew your driving license online, in person or by mail.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Michigan

When will I receive a replacement license after applying?
To find out how long it will take to receive your MI drivers license copy by mail, contact the Michigan Department of State at 1-888-767-6424. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also visit a local branch and speak with a DOS agent for further information.

For more information: Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Mutilated Michigan Driver’s License or ID Card

Where can I check to see if my license is suspended?
If you would like to check the status of your Michigan drivers license, you can call the Michigan Department of State at their toll-free number 1-888-767-6424. You can also obtain a copy of your driving record online. Make sure to have your driver s license number available, and any other necessary information that may be asked of you.

For more information: Suspended License Information for Michigan

Where can I find a local tax county collector office?
To begin the process of applying for a duplicate car registration in person, simply find a Michigan Department of State branch near you. You can find contact information, including phone numbers, of the offices in your area by clicking this link. Call ahead of time to find out their hours of operation, and see when is most convenient for you to make an in-person visit.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Michigan

Where can I find more information about an ignition interlock device?
The Michigan Department of State provides a list of ignition interlock manufacturers, along with the following information for each provider:

  • A toll-free number
  • Physical address
  • Manufacturer name

To see this complete list, click here. You must call the individual manufacturers in order to inquire cost and installation.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Michigan

Where can I find my traffic or parking ticket information online?
To pay traffic tickets online, visit the Michigan government website. If you cannot locate your ticket information, use the District Court Payments Online Ticket Payment System to find your citation. You can conduct a search by entering your last name and date of birth or drivers license number. If you do not have any of these details on hand, you can also obtain further details with your license plate number.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Michigan

Where can I get a new drivers license?
To begin the process of applying for drivers licenses,stop by a Michigan Department of State office in your area. Certain documentation needs to be presented to prove your identity, Social Security Number (or letter of ineligibility), Michigan residence and legal status in the United States. You will also need to have payment on hand for your application fee.

For more information: How to Apply for a New Driver s License in Michigan

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
The Michigan Department of State does not currently have an available option to replace car title by mail. You can obtain a replacement title either online or at a Secretary of State office. The cost for a replacement title is $15. There is also a same-day service for drivers who need to get their title much sooner than the standard 15-day processing period.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Michigan

Where can I obtain an ID card?
You can apply for a Michigan ID card at any Secretary of State branch in Michigan. When requesting an ID, you will be required to present proof of identification, proof of legal status, proof of Social Security Number (or letter of ineligibility) and Michigan residency. You will also need to pay the ID card fee.

For more information: How to Apply for a Michigan Identification Card

Which types of vehicles need to be insured?
The majority of vehicles are required to have insurance in Michigan. Some of these include but are not limited to the following:

  • Passenger vehicles
  • Motorcycles
  • Vans
  • Trucks

The state of Michigan makes it mandatory for drivers to obtain Property Protection (PPI), Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Residual Bodily Injury and Property Damage Liability (BI/PD).

For more information: Michigan Auto Insurance Get a Quote and Save

Who can sign for my permit or license if I am under 18?
If you are less than 18, you must have a parent or legal guardian sign your application and provide consent. You must complete this application at the time of your permit appointment. Proof of identity and completion of Segment 1 drivers ed will also be required.

For more information: Learner’s Permits for Beginner Drivers in Michigan

Why doesn’t a recent traffic ticket I received appear on my driving record?
If you were recently issued a traffic ticket, it may not yet be reflected on your MI DMV driving record. In order to get further information about your ticket, including how to submit payment, contact the local court of clerks where your citation was issued. You can also call the Michigan Department of State at 1-888-767-6424.

For more information: Your Michigan Driving Record

Will I be required to take a vision test for a drivers license renewal?
If your health conditions have remained unchanged since the last time you got your drivers license, then you may not need to pass a vision test. You can renew drivers license online, in person or by mail. However, if you choose to renew online, your Social Security Number must be on file with the Secretary of State. If you do not have your Social Security Number in the system, you will then be required to complete your drivers license renewal at a nearby Secretary of State office.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Michigan

Will I get a drivers license renewal notice in the mail?
Yes, the Michigan Secretary of State is required to send out a renewal notice prior to the expiration date of your drivers license. You can use this renewal notice to request aMI drivers license renewalby mail. Simply follow the instructions on the document and add your new address in the space provided. Thereafter, gather proper payment in the form of a credit card, debit card, money order or check and send it to the address listed on the notice.

For more information: How to Renew a Driver’s License in Michigan

Will I get any points on my record if I received a traffic ticket from another state?
Even though the state of Michigan is not a member of an interstate traffic violation compact, such as the Driver License Compact (DLC) or the Non-Resident Violator Compact (NRVC), it may still report a violation to your home state, while certain traffic offences may be reported to the Michigan SOS Driver License and State ID Department.

The Michigan Secretary of State follows a point system to track traffic violations and their corresponding penalties. Points are added to your driving record which could result in a suspended driving license. Keep in mind that not all traffic citations result in points being added to your driving record and that different violations are assigned different point values.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Michigan

Will I have points against my driver’s license if I get a ticket?
Depending on the MI traffic finesyou received, you will have a varying number of points added to your drivers record. To avoid getting points on your record, your ticket must be dismissed by the court. The state of Michigan keeps points on a driving record for a period of two years. In order to find out more information about your citation, visit the clerk of courts in the county where your ticket was issued. You can also visit the Michigan government website to conduct an online search of your ticket.

For more information: Traffic Tickets and Violations in Michigan

Will I have to take an alcohol awareness class to reinstate my driver’s license?
Depending on your offense, it may be mandatory for you to complete an alcohol awareness class. You should review your suspension summary and contact the Michigan Department of State for information regarding your drivers license reinstatement. You can call them Monday to Friday at the following toll-free number: 1-888-767-6424.

For more information: DUI/DWI Information for Michigan

Will I need to fill out an application to replace my car registration?
You may be asked to complete an application in person when requesting a duplicate car registration. You will need to have your current car registration with you, as well as your drivers license, for this process to go through.

For more information: How to Replace a Vehicle Registration in Michigan

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
If you are in the process of getting acar title copy, the Michigan Department of State requires drivers to present the following documentation in person:

You may also be asked to show your car insurance card as proof of vehicle ownership. Bring all necessary documents with you, and be ready to submit payment for the duplicate fee.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Michigan

Will I receive a renewal registration notice in the mail?
Yes, the Michigan Secretary of State sends out car registration renewal notices 45 days before its expiration date. If you do not have your current address on file, contact the DOS as soon as possible to update your records. In the event that you do not receive this renewal notice in the mail, you will then be required to submit your request at a local SOS branch

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Michigan

Will my registration expire on my birthday or birth month?
In the state of Michigan, a driver s car registration expires on the birthday of the month listed on your registration tab. This only applies to owners of the following vehicles:

  • Passenger vehicles
  • Trucks
  • Motorcycles

You can expect to receive a renewal notice in the mail 45 days prior to the expiration date. With this notice, you will have the option to renew your car registration online or by mail for your convenience.

For more information: How to Renew Your Vehicle Registration in Michigan