Drivers license and state id cards are updated in Michigan

Michigan drivers licenseThe basic look of the new license and ID card includes an intricate line pattern and outline of the state of Michigan with the Great Lakes.

If a person has joined the Michigan Organ Donor Registry, a red heart symbol and the word “Donor” will appear on the lower portion of the card.

Features of the new license and ID card include:

The state’s Great Seal on the front viewable under black light.

Tricolor image of a bridge on the front that appears and disappears when viewed from different angles.

New two-dimensional bar code on the back with encoded information available for law enforcement use, in addition to the existing magnetic stripe and one-dimensional bar code.

Cardholder’s photo and date of birth also on the back viewable under black light

Laser-perforated word “MICH” on it.

Michigan drivers license for people under 21

Michigan drivers licensePeople who are 21 years old and older will receive the traditional horizontal version.

Visit our post on Michigan Teen Graduated drivers license to view the rules that apply to teens who are trying to get a Michigan drivers license.

Because licenses and ID cards are valid for four years, the existing card design will remain in circulation through 2015, with some vertical Graduated Driver License cards in circulation through 2016.  Cardholders will be issued a new license when they renew or if they need to replace a lost or damaged card.

The cost of a license and ID card will not change.  A basic driver’s license costs $25 for an original standard license and $18 to renew.  A chauffeur’s license costs $35 for the original and to renew it.  Drivers with motorcycle or Commercial Driver License group designation endorsements face additional fees.  Personal ID cards cost $10 for an original and to renew, unless the card holder is eligible to have the fee waived.

Michigan Drivers License frequently asked questions provided by Michigan Secretary of State.