Michigan License Renewal: A Step-by-Step Guide
The Secretary of State (SOS) oversees the Michigan license renewal process.
The state will send a renewal notice at least 45 days before the expiration date. This renewal shares what way you can renew your license (online, in-person, or by mail).
Your license expires on your birthday every 4 years. Otherwise, if you’re under 21 years old the license expires on your 21st birthday. You must renew in-person at least every 8 years.
You may renew a Michigan license up to 12 months before its expiration. Waiting until it expires incurs a $7 late fee. If your license is expired beyond 4 years, then you’ll retake a written and driving test. A suspended license requires you to get it reinstated before renewing (see our suspended license guide).
Michigan license renewals are done:
The following shares a quick and easy guide to renewing your driver’s license in Michigan.
How to Renew Your MI Driver’s License
A valid MI driver’s license is required if you drive on state roads and highways. Michigan auto insurance is a requirement, too, if you plan to operate your own vehicle. The renewal process doesn’t take long if you have documents ready and follow the steps below.
In-Person License Renewal
You will do the following to renew in-person:
- Go to an MI DMV location
- Show your Michigan driver’s license or official ID
- Provide your social security number
- Pass a vision exam
- Get your photo taken
- Pay the renewal fee
- Standard: $18
- Enhanced: $38
Congratulations! You’ve successfully renewed your Michigan driver’s license.
Online License Renewal
Online license renewal is marked on the renewal notice and has requirements like:
- Last renewal was done in person
- Have a standard driver’s license
- Haven’t changed your address within the last 10 days
- Your license is valid and current with the state
- Your social security number is on file
You will do the following to renew online:
- Go to ExpressSOS
- Follow the on-screen prompts
- Enter your personal information
- License #
- Date of birth
- Eye color
- Submit a payment
- Print your confirmation
You’ll receive your documents by mail in the coming weeks.
Mail-in License Renewal
Mail-in renewals are available if your last renewal was done in-person, the state has your SSN on file, your personal information hasn’t changed, and your license is valid. This provides an opportunity to renew when out-of-state such as during an extended vacation, military duty, or schooling.
- Review and sign your renewal notice
- Include a check/money order for the renewal fees
Send your mail-in renewal to:
Michigan Department of State
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48980
Active military members’ license is valid for 30 days after a leave or discharge. Their spouses and dependents can renew on their behalf in-person, online, or by mail following the same procedures.
Out of state MI residents can renew online or by mail by following the same steps. They may request a temporary driver license extension, too. Those outside the state for longer than 180 days should contact the MI SOS for information regarding their renewal.
Become a Better Michigan Driver
Looking for more information and guides to become a better Michigan driver? Check out our MI DMV topics, browse our DMV directory, or get active in the community!