Renewing Your License in Michigan
Renew Your Driver's License in Michigan
Before your Michigan driver's license expires, you need to renew it with the Secretary of State (SOS) so you can continue to legally drive in the state.
On this page, you'll find information on how to renew your MI driver's license online, by mail, and in person.
- If you need to renew your MI commercial driver's license (CDL), please see our Renew Your CDL in Michigan page.
- If you need to renew your ID card, please see our Identification Cards in Michigan page.
When to Renew Your MI Driver's License
Your Michigan driver's license expires on your birthday every 4 years.
If you are under 21 years old, your MI driver's license will expire on your 21st birthday.
The MI Secretary of State (SOS) will mail you a renewal notice about 45 days before it expires. It will notify you whether you can renew:
- By mail.
- In person.
Once every 8 years, you must renew your MI driver license in person at a MI DMV office.
Renewal requirements may vary based on the status of your driver's license, and whether it is currently:
- Lost, damaged, or destroyed.
NOTE: If you have an enhanced driver's license, you cannot renew online.
Valid Driver's License
If you hold a valid MI driver's license, you can renew it up to 12 months before the expiration date.
Expired Driver's License
If your Michigan driver license is expired, you'll need to pay a $7 late fee when you renew.
If your MI license has been expired for 4 years or more, you must pass a:
- Written driving knowledge test.
- Driving skills test.
Suspended Driver's License
If your MI drivers license is suspended, you'll need to reinstate your driving privileges before you can renew it.
For more information, please see our page on Suspended Licenses in Michigan.
Lost, Stolen, or Damaged Driver's License
If your Michigan drivers license is lost, stolen, or damaged, you can still renew it as long as you know your driver's license number.
If you'd like to replace your license, please see our Replacing a Lost License in Michigan page.
Online Driver's License Renewal
You are eligible to renew online if:
- You have a standard noncommercial driver's license.
- Your last renewal was completed in person.
- You have not requested a replacement license in the last 4 weeks.
- You have not changed your address in the last 10 days.
- Your health condition has not changed.
- Your Social Security number is on file with the MI DMV.
- Your driver license has been renewed in the past 4 years.
Note that the MI ExpressSOS has regularly scheduled maintenance outages. You can view a list of scheduled unavailability so as to make your transaction smoother.
To renew your standard Michigan driver's license online, visit the ExpressSOS website and provide:
- The last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
- Your driver license number.
- Your birth date.
- Your eye color.
- Payment for the renewal fee. (See the “Fees to Renew Your MI Driver's License" section below.)
By-Mail Driver's License Renewal
You can renew your MI driver license by mail if:
- You are renewing a non-commercial driver's license.
- Your last renewal was done in person.
- The Michigan SOS has verified your Social Security number (SSN).
- You have not changed your legal name since you last renewed.
To renew by mail, you'll need to:
- Complete and sign your renewal notice.
- Provide payment for the renewal fee. (See the “Fees to Renew Your Driver's License" section below.)
Mail the above to:
Department of State
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48980
In-Person Driver's License Renewal
You must renew in person at your local Michigan DMV office if:
- You haven't completed a renewal in person in the last 4 years.
- Your last renewal was completed online or by mail.
- The MI SOS has not verified your Social Security number.
- Your health conditions have changed.
To renew your license in person, visit your local Michigan Secretary of State office. You'll need to:
- Bring your current MI drivers license or an acceptable identity document, such as your:
- U.S. passport.
- U.S. military ID.
- U.S. government employee ID.
- Pass a vision exam.
- Provide your Social Security number.
- Have your photo taken.
- Pay the renewal fee. (See the “Fees to Renew Your MI Driver's License" section below.)
NOTE: If your medical condition has changed, the MI SOS recommends renewing your MI driver license at least 2 weeks before the expiration date. Your doctor may need to complete additional forms.
Military & Out-of-State Michigan Residents
If you are an active duty military member, your expired MI driver's license will remain valid for:
- 30 days after any leave of absence.
- 30 days after being discharged.
When driving with an expired driver license in Michigan, make sure to carry your military documents with you.
Military members, spouses, and dependents can renew in person, online, or by mail through the MI Special Services Branch (see below).
If your Michigan drivers license expires while you are out of state, you can either:
- Renew online or by mail.
- Request a temporary driver license extension.
If you will be out of state for more than 180 days after the expire date, you must contact the MI SOS Special Services Branch to check if you can still renew your MI driver's license.
Department of State
Special Services Branch
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918
- Phone: (517) 322-1473.
- Fax: (517) 322-5438.
If you are eligible to renew by mail, you'll need to provide:
- Proof of your Social Security number.
- Proof of your MI residency.
- A vision statement from an eye doctor.
NOTE: Out-of-state renewals can take up to 6 weeks to process.
To renew your MI driver's license online, see the “ Online Driver's License Renewal" section above.
You can also contact the Michigan SOS to request a free temporary permit valid for up to 180 days, depending upon your particular circumstances.
Once you return to MI, the permit will expire after 2 weeks OR once you've reached 180 days, whichever date occurs first.
Fees to Renew Your MI Driver's License
Your Michigan driver's license is valid for 4 years and will cost you the following to renew:
- Standard: $18.
- Enhanced: $38.
Accepted Forms of Payment
For renewals made online and by mail, the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) accepts payment by:
- Money order.
- Credit/debit cards.
NOTE: Online transactions completed with a credit/debit card will be charged an additional processing fee.
For renewals at a Michigan DMV office in person, you can pay with:
- Money order.
- Credit/debit card.