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Current driver’s licenses, IDs, but Michigan starts issuing new, improved ones

Michigan – Michigan has begun issuing new driver’s licenses and ID cards, which come with improved security features.

These updates are aimed at making the cards harder to fake or steal, as stated by the Michigan Secretary of State. The cards now look different, with a new font and color scheme that set them apart from older versions. The Michigan Coat of Arms is a key feature, and the names of the five Great Lakes appear in colorful text from certain views. The design includes shading and curved lines, which are hard to copy, adding to the card’s security.

Michigan has begun issuing new driver's licenses and ID cards, which come with improved security features at no extra cost.

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The layout now allows for longer names thanks to a two-line format. A new symbol, a gold outline of Michigan with a star, shows which licenses and IDs meet REAL ID standards. Previously, a star in a gold circle marked these. Starting May 7, 2025, to fly within the U.S. or enter military bases and some federal buildings, you’ll need a REAL ID-marked license or ID. For more info on upgrading, visit Michigan.gov/REALID.

The redesign also removes the magnetic stripe on the back, but keeps a barcode that stores card information in a format that can be scanned.

This update applies to all types of Michigan licenses and IDs, including those for commercial drivers and various specific vehicle operators.

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Your current license or ID is still good until it expires. When it’s time to get a new one, whether you’re renewing, replacing, or updating your details, you’ll receive the new design. There’s no extra cost for this update.