Obtaining A New Michigan Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Michigan? The Secretary of State(SOS) has a process in place for getting a driverse license, which requires exams and documentation. We've collected up-to-date information, and links to useful resources, to help save you time when going through the process. 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.


To get a new drivers license in Michigan, you must apply at any secretary of state office. Prepare for required testing by reading these materials


  • Pass vision test
  • Pass road signs test
  • Pass written knowledge test
  • Pass road test
  • Pay $25 and receive a temporary instruction permit until your license arrives in the mail. You can drive with someone who has a license or is a driver instructor.

To apply for your license you will need to provide the following documents:

Social Security Number

  • Social Security card or other Social Security Administration document containing your name and Social Security number
  • W-2 or 1099 form
  • Pay stub containing your name and Social Security number
  • U.S. military ID card containing photo and
  • Social Security number (DD-2, DD-1173 or CAC card.)
  • Letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration

Legal Presence

  • Certified birth certificate with a raised seal issued by a U.S. or U.S. territory government office
  • Valid, unexpired U.S. passport or passport card
  • Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561)
  • Certificate of Naturalization (N-550, N-570 or N-578)
  • Consular Report of Birth Abroad issued by the U.S
  • Department of State (FS-240, DS-1350 or FS-545)
  •  U.S. Census Record

Identity Verification

  • Out-of-state ID
  • Marriage license issued in the U.S.
  • Divorce decree issued in the U.S.
  • Photo ID card
  • U.S. military ID card

Proof of Michigan Residency

  • Utility bill or credit card bill (90 days)
  • Bank statements
  • School transcript
  • Mortgage or lease agreement
  • Pay stub with address of employer
  • Insurance policy
  • Government documents

Road Test

You must study the following guide for 30 days before you take your road test: Michigan Road Skills Study Guide.

It is recommended that you seek qualified training prior to taking your test. Once you pass take the certificate and go to the secretary of state office and get your license, you will go through a three-year probation period.

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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