Michigan Real ID

Michigan licenses are going to change to REAL ID in 2020

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, a REAL ID license will be needed by all Michigan residents to fly within the United States and enter certain federal facilities under federal law.  You can tell if your license is compliant by looking at your driver’s license or state identification card. REAL ID will have a star in a gold circle printed on it or the American flag if you have an enhanced license.  Enhanced license and ID’s are compliant and do not have to be updated.  As of January 2018, all new Michigan license and State identification cards are compliant.

How to apply for the REAL ID

To apply for a compliant driver’s license or state identification card, you’ll need to bring your valid U.S. passport or certified birth certificate with a raised seal or stamp to any Secretary of State office. You can also use another document to verify your identity from the Michigan Secretary of State accepted documents list

How Much Does a REAL ID cost?

You can find out the various fees at this link for Michigan Secretary of State driver’s license fees. There is no additional cost for a REAL ID-compliant license or state identification card when a person usually renews. Applying for a compliant license before your current license expires will result in a correction fee. 

If your license renews after Oct. 1, 2020, and you elect not to get a REAL ID, it will still be valid. You can still use it as valid identification for cashing checks, purchasing alcohol, or entering casinos. But, you will have to have an approved, compliant document when you fly on an airplane or enter federal buildings because your standard license will not be accepted.

What identification do you need for Minors In Michigan

Finally, children under age 18 will not need to provide identification when traveling with an adult within the United States. The adult will need to provide acceptable identification.  You can find out more about Child ID’s at Michigan State ID for Children.