Identification Cards in Michigan
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Michigan offers its residents―both young and old―a photo identification card that is as valid for proving who you are as is a driver license. The state's Personal Identification Card (PID) is available to all Michigan residents who don't currently have a driver license.
Without some form of photo ID, many merchants won't accept personal checks, and it will be difficult to cash checks made out to you at banks. In fact, many merchants are now requesting to see photo IDs before they'll accept credit cards.
Beyond that, you need ID to board an airplane and often need it to check into a hotel, see certain movies, or have a glass of wine with dinner. Having a PID can also make it easier for the authorities to get in touch with your loved ones should you be involved in an accident.
You must appear in person at a Secretary of State branch office to request a Personal Identification Card. To apply, you'll need
There's no minimum age for the card, and it costs just $10. If you're 65 or older; are legally blind; or have had your license revoked, suspended, or denied for a physical or mental disability, there's no charge for the PID.
The ID card is valid for four years, after which you must renew it. You can renew your ID card through the mail or at a Secretary of State branch office. MI ID card renewal fees are $10; there is no fee for people older than 65 or for those who are no longer eligible to drive because of physical or mental impairment.
To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged ID card, head to your local Secretary of State branch office.
Your ID will be renewed at the time of reissue, with an expiration date four years from your latest birthday. Make sure to bring acceptable documentation that proves your identity and residency.
There is a $10 fee to replace (and renew) your ID card. Applicants 65 and older are exempt from the fee, as are applicants with disabilities.
Michigan is proposing two new types of identification cards to help keep residents safe while maintaining the ability to easily travel to and from Canada and other Western Hemisphere countries:
- An upgraded "standard" state-issued identification card, which will include additional safety features and act as a passport alternative for domestic air travel once the federal REAL ID Act takes effect.
- An enhanced state-issued identification card, which will act as a passport alternative for travel to and from Canada and other Western Hemisphere countries under the federal Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI).
Only legal Michigan residents and U.S. citizens will be eligible for these new ID cards.
Michigan makes it possible for you to stay up to date with details about these proposals.
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