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Former Michigan Resident Applying for Driver License in Another State

Verification of Michigan Driver's License:

When former Michigan residents apply for a driver's license in a state other than Michigan, they may be required to show proof that they previously held a Michigan driver's license. If you do not have a valid Michigan driver's license, you can obtain a clearance letter by contacting the:

Michigan Department of State
Information Center
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918
Phone: (888) SOS-MICH (767-6424)
Fax: (517) 322-6755

Reinstatement Fee Notice:

The Michigan Department of State will not waive any driver's license reinstatement fees that former Michigan residents may owe. Fees must be paid in order to clear the driving record.

  • Credit cards: Drivers may pay reinstatement fees with a Visa, MasterCard or Discover card by faxing the completed Application for Driver's License Reinstatement form (see Related Documents below) to the Out-of-State Resident Services Unit at (517) 322-5438.
  • Check or money orders: Reinstatement fees may also be paid by mailing a completed Application for Driver's License Reinstatement form (see Related Documents below) with a check or money order (made payable to the State of Michigan) to the Out-of-State Resident Services Unit Michigan Department of State 7064 Crowner Drive Lansing, MI 48918.
  • In-person: Either the driver or another person acting on the driver's behalf may pay the reinstatement fee at any Secretary of State office. The driver's license number of the driver must be submitted when payment is made. Cash, checks, money orders, Discover, MasterCard or Visa debit and credit cards are accepted at all Secretary of State offices. Checks and money orders should be made out to the State of Michigan.


Related Documents
Application for Driver's License Reinstatement PDF icon



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