Obtain An Identification Card In Michigan

Do you need to apply for a state ID in Michigan? The ID card application doesn't have to be complicated. We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to know about getting an ID card and renewing an ID card. You will also learn how to replace your ID card in Michigan or purchase a duplicate Michigan ID card. Select from the options below to get started:

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many SOS related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the SOS in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local SOS.

3: Via a SOS office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local SOS office. Varying SOS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the SOS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your SOS allows you to make a personal appointment.

Regardless of why you do not own a driver's license, you will still need to apply for an ID card for various reasons, ranging from leisure activities to travel. Getting an ID card in Michigan is simple, and you should begin the ID card application process as soon as you are ready.

Obtaining a new ID card

There are two forms of Michigan ID cards. There is a standard ID card and an enhanced ID. The requirements are the same, however the cost and usability are different.

An Enhanced ID allows you to re-enter the U.S., as an alternate to a passport.

To apply for an ID, first, you should plan a visit to your Secretary of State office


The cost of a Standard ID is $20 and an Enhanced ID is $30. If you are over the age of 65 and/or blind, an enhanced ID costs $20.


To get a state ID card in Michigan, you must provide as many of the following documents as you can:

  • Social Security card or proof of SSN like a W-2 or 1099
  • Valid U.S. Passport
  • Military ID
  • Birth certificate
  • Certificate of Naturalization
  • Paystub with your name and Social Security Number
  • You may also need additional forms of identification if one of the above documents does not contain a photo. For a list of these documents, click here.

    What is a Michigan state ID?

    A Michigan state ID is an acceptable replacement for a drivers license typically used by minors, the elderly or by anyone who does not want a drivers license, but still needs identification in Michigan. For more information on how to get an identification card in Michigan, click here.

    ID card renewal

    You can renew your state ID online, by mail or in-person at a Secretary of State Office. The cost of renewing a Michigan ID card is $20 for a standard ID and $30 for an enhanced ID. Renewing an enhanced ID, if you are over the age of 65 or blind, is $20.

    You will receive a renewal notice approximately 45 days before your standard or enhanced ID card expires. You can renew your ID up to six months early at any Secretary of State office if you cannot renew by mail for any reason.

    If you have a name change, you will need to go in-person to renew your ID.

    Replacement ID cards

    If you have lost your ID card, or it has been stolen or severely damaged, you should look into replacing it immediately. A stolen ID card may even lead to identity theft, so it is crucial you replace your identification card as soon as possible. A replacement ID card in Michigan costs $10 for a Standard ID, $30 for an Enhanced ID ($20 if you are over the age of 65 or blind). Instructions for getting a duplicate ID cards are similar, but be sure to bring everything you will need for your new ID card copy before you head to the SOS by clicking here.

    For more information, call: 888-767-6424 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or go to: http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,4670,7-127-13162-25634--,00.html

    For a list of related services, see below:

    Obtain a new driver's license here.
    Renew a driver's license here.
    Replace a driver's license here.