How To Replace Your Michigan Drivers License

If your Michigan drivers license has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you'll need to get it replaced immediately. We offer links to resources that will save you time and get you going in the right direction. 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.

If your drivers license has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you may wish to receive a replacement. You can replace your drivers license in Michigan depending upon your individual circumstances which are outlined below:

Replacing Your Michigan Drivers License Online:

You may be able to replace your Michigan license online with a duplicate by visiting this link:

To replace your license online, you'll need:

  • The last four digits of your Social Security number
  • Your driver's license number
  • Your date of birth and eye color

Replacing Your Michigan Drivers License In Person

You need to go the Secretary of State office to get your duplicate license if:

  • You asked for a duplicated within the last four weeks
  • Your license is temporary
  • You changed your address within the past 10 days
  • It’s a restricted minor license
  • It's a new enhanced license


When you go to the office to replace your license you'll need identification such as:

  • Birth certificate
  • US or Canadian Passport
  • Marriage license
  • Photo identification card
  • You may need more than one document
  • A photocopy isn't proof you need the actual documents

For additional information contact: Department of State Information Center at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424)

Replacing a Lost or Stolen Drivers License Out of State

By Mail:

If you are traveling in the US and you lose your drivers license, or it is stolen, you can complete a duplicate license application. This document will get you a temporary permit. Please fill out the form in full. You can fax it to (517) 322-5438.

If you wish or mail the payment and form to:

Michigan Department of State
Out-of-State Resident Services Unit
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918
Phone: (517) 322-1473
Fax: (517) 322-5438

Replacing the License When Out of the Country

You may use:

Or fill Out the Duplicate Driver`s application.

The new duplicate license will be sent to your residence, but it cannot be sent to the place where you are traveling at. If you own an enhanced license, contact the U.S. embassy in the place you are visiting or the border when arriving at a U.S. port. The enhanced license is federally accepted travel documents for re-entering the US from Mexico, Canada the Caribbean and Bermuda.

What is an Adult Drivers License?

In some states, the layout of your drivers license may change when you reach a certain age. It is possible for your license to switch from a vertical design to a horizontal card once you turn 21. You may want to seek out a duplicate or replacement adult drivers license when you reach the age of 21.

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