Michigan motorists now have the option to obtain a driver’s license that complies with a federal mandate designed to strengthen our national safety and security.
Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Michigan residents must carry a driver’s license or ID card that complies with the federal REAL ID Act, or present a valid U.S. passport, to fly in the United States or visit federal buildings. The REAL ID security standards were created in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to help prevent illegal altering of ID cards and deter fraud and misuse.
Michigan residents can apply for the REAL ID-compliant license or ID card at any Secretary of State office — applicants will need to bring a certified birth certificate or other approved document. There is no extra cost when renewing your driver’s license or ID card; at any other time, a duplicate card fee will apply.
Find more information, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, at www.michigan.gov/sos or call the Department of State Information Center with questions at 888-767-6424.