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How to Replace a Driver License in Michigan

Drivers license replacement in Michigan is available for any motorists who need it. If you own a stolen or lost drivers license, you should seek to replace it with the Secretary of State (SOS) Office as soon as you are able. You can even apply for a replacement drivers license online in many cases. To replace drivers license materials, you will need to be able to prove your identity with proper documentation or information (for online transactions), and you must pay a fee. Learn when and how to replace lost drivers license credentials as well as replacement options for drivers temporarily located out of state, below.

Required Documents for Replacing Drivers Licenses in Michigan

To obtain a copy of drivers license materials, you will need to prove your identity. If you are replacing an MI drivers license in person at an SOS branch office, you will need a document such as an ID card, birth certificate, passport or marriage license to prove your identity. In some cases, obtaining a DMV duplicate license requires more than one such document. All documents proving identity should be originals; copies are not accepted at SOS offices.

If you are replacing your drivers license online, you will not need physical documents. However, you will need to provide your Social Security Number and drivers license number, as well as some information about your age and appearance.

When is a Michigan duplicate drivers license required?

Instances when you should update drivers license cards include when they are lost, stolen, mutilated or illegible. You should also seek a duplicate drivers license in MI in the following cases:

  • If you have legally changed your name
  • If you are correcting your date of birth
  • If you are adding or removing certain license endorsements
  • If you are upgrading or downgrading commercial driver license levels

If you are replacing your drivers license because of out-of-date information on your existing license, and are using the in-person replacement method, you will need to bring the out-of-date card to an SOS office.

Note: Drivers license replacement is not necessary to make an address change. You are simply issued a sticker with your new address, and this sticker goes on the back of your existing drivers license.

Reporting a Stolen Michigan Drivers License to the Police

If your license has been stolen, before updating drivers license materials you may want to report the incident to the police. In the event of a stolen Michigan drivers license, call your local police station to see what actions can be pursued.

Replacing Michigan Driving Licenses Online

Many Michigan motorists wonder how to replace drivers license materials online, since it is a convenient method for obtaining a duplicate license. You can update your lost MI drivers license if you are a U.S. citizen with an unexpired license and a valid Social Security Number. Updating your drivers license online is not possible if you have an enhanced license. However, standard licenses can be replaced or updated at any time online. You can even renew and replace lost drivers license materials at the same time if your lost license is less than a year from its impending expiration date.

To obtain a duplicate drivers license online, you will need to provide:

  • Your driver’s license number.
  • Your Social Security Number (or at least the last four digits of the sequence).
  • Your birth date.
  • Your eye color.

There is a fee for replacing drivers license materials online. You can pay any required fees with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit or debit card, after which, you will be given the option of printing a receipt.

If you are replacing or updating your drivers license from out of state, the online replacement process is the same. However, your duplicate license will be mailed to your residential address in Michigan.

Replacing Michigan Drivers Licenses in Person

“Where can I get a copy of my drivers license?” many drivers ask.

The only way to replace your Michigan drivers license in person is at an SOS branch office. If you have a lost drivers license, or you simply want to replace or update it for any reason, visit an SOS office with documents proving your identity and payment for any necessary fees. If you have changed your address with the SOS in the past 10 days or requested a replacement drivers license in the past four weeks, you must update your drivers license in person (not online). Further, you should apply for a DMV duplicate license in person rather than online if you own a temporary, minor restricted or enhanced drivers license.

Note: If your lost drivers license is an enhanced license, it is canceled immediately upon being reported stolen or lost. You will not be able to use your border-crossing privileges until you replace the license.

Replacing Michigan Drivers Licenses by Mail or Fax

If you need to replace your MI drivers license from out of state, the online method is not your only option. You can obtain a duplicate drivers license by mail or by fax.

If you have lost your drivers license while traveling outside Michigan, you will simply need to fill out a Duplicate Driver License Application and mail it to the Department of State Special Services Branch. You will be issued a temporary permit as you wait for your duplicate license to be processed.

With your Michigan duplicate drivers license application, you will need to include payment. You can include credit card information on the application itself if that is your preferred method of payment. You can also include a check or money order, made payable to the State of Michigan.

If you are applying for a duplicate driving licenseby fax, complete your application and fax it to 517-322-5438.

If you are applying for a duplicate driving licenseby mail, complete your application and mail it to the following address:

Michigan Department of State

Special Services Branch

7064 Crowner Drive

Lansing, MI 48918

Note: You can also use the mail-in or fax-in methods if you are in state.

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