Applying for a Standard State ID Card
- Visit a Secretary of State office
- Present proof of a valid Social Security number or a letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration. All Social Security information will be verified, which may take more than one day.
- Present proof of identity, U.S. citizenship or legal presence, and Michigan residency
- Pay the standard state ID card fee if not exempt
If you are in the U.S. and have temporary legal presence, you will be issued a limited-term state ID card. A limited term ID card is valid for only as long as you are authorized to be in the country. Limited-term ID cards aren’t available in the enhanced version.
Applying for an Enhanced State ID card
Follow the steps outlined below if you wish to:
- Upgrade your standard state ID to an enhanced version
- Apply for an enhanced ID as your first ID. (Note: You can’t possess both a standard driver’s license and an enhanced state ID card.)
Your first and last name and date of birth on your identity and citizenship documents should match. If your current legal name is different from what is shown on your citizenship document, you must present lawful proof of the name change, such as an original marriage license, divorce decree or court order.
- Visit any Secretary of State office. Make sure you bring documentation of:
- A valid Social Security number (for example, a Social Security card)
- U.S. citizenship (for example, a certified copy of your birth certificate with a raised seal, must be issued by a governmental unit in the U.S. or U.S. territory)
- Identity (for example, a current Michigan photo license or ID card.) If you don’t have a license or state ID card, or if the applicant is a minor, there are other forms of ID that can be accepted as proof of identity. Refer to the Documents Required for an Enhanced License or ID form or complete details.
- Residency (for example, a current Michigan photo license or ID card.) If you don’t have a license or state ID card, or if the applicant is a minor, there are other types of documents that can be accepted as proof of residency. Please refer to the Documents Required for an Enhanced License or ID form for complete details.
- Have a new photograph taken
- Pay the enhanced state ID card fee
All documentation is subject to Department of State approval. In some cases, document approval won’t occur in the same day and may require an additional visit.
Your standard or enhanced state ID card is valid for up to four years and should arrive in the mail within two to three weeks.