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How to Obtain ID Cards in Michigan

You can obtain a Michigan ID card if you are not planning to drive or are not eligible to drive. ID cards are an alternative to drivers licenses as a valid form of identification and in-state residency, though they do not grant the privilege of driving. A DMV ID card is issued by the Secretary of State (SOS), and you will need to visit a local branch to apply for ID card credentials initially. It is also possible to renew or replace your ID card or update your ID card information as necessary. On this page, you will learn how to perform all of these tasks as well as learn how to become eligible for state ID cards.

Michigan ID Card Eligibility Requirements

A new ID card can be acquired by any state resident. Michigan ID cards do not have a minimum age at which they can be issued. Parents may obtain an ID card for their children, or adults may obtain an ID for themselves. It is important to note, however, that you cannot hold a DMV ID card and a drivers license at the same time. If you hold one and apply for the other, you must surrender your existing card or license to the SOS. The one exception is that you may hold an identification card if your license is suspended, revoked or restricted.

Note: ID cards are equally as acceptable as drivers licenses for proving your identity or identifying you for any other reason.

Michigan ID Card Application Process

You can complete an MI DMV ID card application at a local SOS branch office. The SOS offers standard or enhanced ID cards, and a fee is required for both. The benefit of the enhanced ID card is that it allows you to return to the United States from international travel without any other documents proving your identity or citizenship.

You can apply for an ID card by doing the following:

  • Go to an SOS branch office.
  • Provide documents proving your Social Security Number or letter of ineligibility from the SSA.
  • Present documents proving your identity, legal presence in the United States and Michigan residency.
  • Pay the fee for a new ID card.

If you are legally and temporarily in the U.S., you can apply for an ID card with a limited term. This identification card will allow you to prove your identity for as long as you are legally permitted to be in the United States.

Applying for an enhanced ID card follows a very similar process. You will need to prove your Social Security Number, citizenship, in-state residency and identity. When you apply for your ID card, you will have to pay an enhanced ID card fee and have your picture taken as well.

Michigan ID Card Renewal

You will need to renew ID card materials occasionally since they expire after a period of time. The SOS sends you a notice to renew your Michigan ID card 45 days before it is due to expire. You do not have to wait to receive the notice to renew your ID card. Renew the ID card at any point up to six months before expiration. This is particularly useful if you know you will be out of state at the time of your card’s expiration.

How to Renew ID Card Online in Michigan

You do not have to renew your ID in person. You can renew an MI ID card online for the sake of convenience. Renewing identification cards online requires the following:

  • You must be a citizen of the United States.
  • You must have a standard (not an enhanced) ID card.
    • At the moment, there is no option for renewing enhanced ID cards online.

Michigan ID Card Renewal by Mail

To renew an ID card by mail, fill out the renewal notice that you receive from the SOS in your mail, update your address (if necessary), include payment information (checks, money orders, and Discover, Visa or MasterCard numbers are all acceptable) and mail these together to the Department of State no less than three weeks before your card’s expiration.

Michigan ID Card Renewal in Person

To renew your ID card in Michigan at a local SOS branch office, bring your current ID card (or other documents proving your identity) along with proof of your Social Security Number or a letter of ineligibility and payment for any fees. You can get a new ID card by paying with a debit or credit card, with a check, with cash or with a money order.

Note: For all ID card renewal methods, the new card is valid for four years. You should receive the new ID card by mail within three weeks.

How to Replace a Lost ID Card in Michigan (Or Update an Existing One)

If your Michigan ID card is lost or stolen, you should order a replacement card immediately. You may also want to replace ID card materials if you need to update information on them, such as your name or date of birth.

You can order a replacement ID card online if you are a citizen of the United States with a Social Security Number. Pay any necessary fees to process the replacement. Your new Michigan ID card will arrive in the mail to your residential address. It is not possible to have your replacement ID card sent to a different address than the one listed as your residence if you are applying online. Neither is it possible to replace an enhanced ID card online.

You can also replace your ID card by visiting a local SOS branch office. If you are applying in person for a duplicate ID card in MI, you must prove your identity with documentation. You must also take a new photograph to be displayed on your ID card. The new ID card will be valid until your fourth birthday after replacement.

Note: If your lost ID card is an enhanced ID, it is immediately canceled by the SOS upon recognition of being lost or stolen.

You can also replace your ID card by mail. To order duplicate ID card, fill out the renewal notice you received from the SOS along with any necessary payment and send these to:

Michigan Department of State

The Special Services Branch

7064 Crowner Drive

Lansing, MI 48918

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