Michigan Reentry Law Wiki

Identification and Drivers Licenses

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Michigan ID Website

Getting a Michigan State ID Card: Rules, Procedures and Helpful Hints

Printable booklet with information from the Michigan ID website.

Secretary of State

The Michigan Secretary of State website provides information on getting and renewing driver's licenses and state IDs.


MCL 257.319e

Statute establishing conduct that results in license suspensions.

MCL 333.7408a

Statute requiring mandatory license suspensions if convicted of certain drug offenses.

Materials from the Secretary of State on Obtaining ID and Driver's Licenses

Considerations for Driving in Michigan after Incarceration

Information prepared by the Secretary of State which provides an overview of driving and identification issues facing prisoners upon release.

Michigan Department of State: Identification Requirements for an Original Driver’s License or Personal Identification Card

This document details all of the items required to obtain a Michigan driver's license or personal identification card. Note that in addition to the documents listed on the website, the Department of State will accept, as proof of residency, a Department of Corrections' parole certificate/order for up to 30 days from the release date on the certificate/order.

Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of State and Department of Corrections Allowing DOC ID to be Used in Obtaining State ID

This MOU explains that DOS offices should accept DOC-issued prisoner ID as one form of ID when obtaining state ID or a driver's license. Applicants must still meet all other requirements to get ID.

Michigan Department of State: Driver's License & State ID, Replacing/Correcting

Explains how to obtain a license if one is lost.

Driver Responsibility Fees

Links to information about driver responsibility fees. Nonpayment of these fees can result in loss of a driver's license.

Obtaining Birth Certificates and Other Vital Records

Michigan Department of Community Health Vital Records

Information on obtaining birth, death, marriage and divorce records for Michigan.

Letter from DHS Regarding Access to Birth Records

Explains the procedure that the Department of Human Services Can Use in Obtaining Birth Record Information.

Memorandum of Understanding between Department of Corrections and Social Security Administration

Explains how inmates can obtain social security cards prior to release.
Out of State Records

National Center for Health Statistics

This site contains information on how to get birth, marriage and divorce records around the country. You must know the state where the event occurred, and then contact the listed agency for that state.

Where to Write for Vital Records

A state-by-state list of agencies providing vital records.

You can also use a commercial service, although that will generally cost more. One such fee-based service is: VitalChek

Obtaining Social Security Cards

Social Security Website

For information on applying for a social security number, click here.

Memorandum of Understanding between the Social Security Administration and the Federal Bureau of Prisons on Replacing Inmate Social Security Cards

Contains information for federal inmates on getting replacement social security cards.


If you are on parole, you need to check with your parole office regarding eligibility for international travel. If allowed, you must get a letter from your parole officer giving permission for passport issuance for international travel. This letter must be on county letterhead and should be submitted with your passport application.

If you are no longer on parole, you just need to meet standard passport guidelines.

Other countries may have rules on allowing convicted felons to enter those countries, you should check with that country before making travel plans.

Passport Application website

Child Support Payments and Getting a U.S. Passport

If you owe more than $2,500 in back child support, you may not be eligible for a passport.


Ex-Offender Identification Issues in Michigan

Explains the problems created when prisoners are released without identification.

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