How To Renew Your Michigan Drivers License

Do you need to renew your drivers license? We've collected helpful information, including links to resources, that will help save you time when renewing your drivers license in Michigan. 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: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)

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 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 SOS 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.

 


 

Renewing Your Michigan Drivers License

Online

To renew your Michigan drivers 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

Mail

About 45 days before your license is up for renewal you'll receive a notice in the mail. If you wish to renew, you will need to:

  • Note any address changes that you need to make
  • Provide your Social Security Number
  • Sign the renewal notice
  • Include your payment: Renewal is $18, commercial is $25

Mail the Renewal to:

Michigan Department of State
7064 Crowner Dr.
Lansing, MI 48980-0001

In Person
Go to your local Secretary of State office to renew your license.

Requirements

  • If you used mail or renewed online the last time you'll need to renew at the office
  • If it has been four years since your last renewal
  • You need to renew at the office if they couldn’t verify your SS number online or by mail
  • Bring your driver's license or other ID with you
  • Bring glasses if you need them for driving
  • Take a vision test
  • Pay the $18 renewal fee
  • Written and road skills test is required if your driver's license has been expired at least four years 

Note: No renewal is issued if:

  • You have three or more unpaid parking tickets
  • If your licenses has been suspended or revoked

Health
If your health has changed since your last renewal, you may need a form from your doctor. This is to ensure you have the capacity mentally or physically to drive.

Renewing – Military

You can renew up to 12 months early at any branch if you are unable to renew on time. If you're stationed out of state, you can renew by mail as long as your license hasn’t been expired for more than four years. The department will need a photograph of you on record. Your Social Security number will also have to be verified. Spouses can also renew if they are out of state Contact the following address for more information:

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

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