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    Michigan Identification Cards

    Michigan offers its residents―both young and old―a photo identification card that can be used to prove your identity and age. The state's Personal Identification Card (PID) is available to all Michigan residents who don't currently have a driver's 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 anything happen to you.

    Eligibility Requirements

    You can apply for a Michigan ID card at any age. To be eligible, you must:

    • Be a resident of Michigan.
    • Have a Social Security number (SSN), or have a letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration.

    If you want to apply for an enhanced ID card (see "Enhanced MI Identification Card" below), you MUST be a U.S. citizen and have a valid SSN.

    NOTE: You cannot have both an ID card and MI driver’s license at the same time. If your driver’s license has been revoked, suspended, or revoked, the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) will allow you to apply for an identification card.

    Apply for a Michigan ID Card

    There are no age restrictions for obtaining a state ID card. To apply for a MI identification card, visit your local Michigan SOS office and:

    • Present your Social Security card or other proof of your Social Security number.
    • Prove your legal U.S. legal presence with proper documentation (see "Required Documents" below).
    • Verify your identity.
    • Confirm your Michigan residency with at least 2 documents showing your address.
    • Pay the fee (see “Fees for a MI ID Card” below).

    Required Documents

    All documents used to get a DMV ID card must be original, not faxed or photocopied. Certificates, such as your birth or marriage certificate, must have a raised seal or stamp.

    Proof of your Social Security number:

    • Tax document such as W-2 or 1099.
    • Military ID with photo and social security number on it.
    • Letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration that is dated within 30 days.

    Proof of your legal U.S. presence:

    • U.S. birth certificate.
    • U.S. passport book or card.
    • Enhanced driver’s license or non-driver ID card from the state of Michigan.

    Proof of your identity:

    • Driver’s license or ID card from any U.S. state, territory, or Canada.
    • U.S. marriage license.
    • U.S. military photo ID.

    Proof of your MI residency:

    • Utility bill not over 90 days old.
    • Mortgage, lease, or rental agreement.
    • Earnings statement showing the address of your employer.

    For a complete list of accepted documents, visit the MI SOS website.

    Fees for a MI ID Card

    Michigan bases its fees for your 1st DMV ID card (and renewals) on your age and what type of ID you have.

    • Standard state ID card:
      • $10, if you’re under 65 years old.
      • If you’re 65 years old or older, blind, or cannot drive due to a disability the card is free.
    • Enhanced ID card:
      • $30, if you’re under 65 years old.
      • $20, if you’re 65 years old or older, blind, or cannot drive due to a disability.

    It will cost you the following for replacement ID cards:

    • Standard ID cards: $10.
    • Enhanced ID cards:
      • $30, if you’re under 65 years old.
      • $20, if you’re 65 years old or older, blind, or cannot drive due to a disability.

    Renew a Michigan ID Card

    A standard or enhanced ID card is usually valid for 4 years. Before it expires, the Michigan SOS will send you a renewal notice. You can renew your ID card either:

    • Online (standard ID card only).
    • By mail.
    • In person.

    Online

    If you are a resident of Michigan and have a valid Social Security card, you may renew your ID card online via the ExpressSOS system. This option is for a standard ID only. You cannot renew your enhanced ID card online.

    By Mail

    To renew your ID card by mail, fill out and sign the notice you receive from the MI SOS, then send it to the address provided on the form.

    In Person

    In person renewals are done at the Secretary of State office. Bring your:

    • Renewal notice.
    • ID card.
    • Proof of your Social Security number.
    • Payment for the fee (see “Fees for a MI ID Card” above).

    Replace a Lost, Stolen, or Damaged ID Card

    You can order a replacement ID card either:

    • Online (standard ID cards only): Via the ExpressSOS system.
    • By mail: Contact the Department of State Out-of-State Resident Services Unit at (517) 322-1473 for an application. Fill out the form and mail it to the address listed with payment for the replacement.
    • In person: Visit your local Secretary of State office.

    See “Fees for a MI ID Card” above to check how much your replacement card will cost.

    Enhanced MI Identification Card

    Enhanced ID cards are federally-approved border crossing documents usable when returning to the U.S. from an adjacent country. As long as you are a Michigan resident and a U.S. citizen, you can apply for an enhanced ID card.

    The steps to apply for an enhanced ID are the same as standard non-driver’s ID card. It requires proper documentation to prove residency and verify identity. See “Apply for a Michigan ID Card” above.

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