Obtaining A New Michigan Drivers License

Applying for a new driver's license in Michigan? 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.

1: Get Started with Online Application Services

Online application assistance 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 the free forms and general instructions available from the SOS offices or websites, you will receive value added products such as a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your SOS forms and/or provide links to SOS online services. You will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. 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: Take the SOS Practice Test

Getting a new drivers license in Michigan is easy when you are prepared. Arrive at an SOS location ready to pass their tests with flying colors by taking this practice test.  

3: Via a local SOS office

If you prefer to access SOS services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical DMV office location. 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 local SOS allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.


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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