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Good News for Michigan Travelers

Aug 25, 2017

The Michigan Secretary of State’s office announced they will begin to issue optional REAL ID-compliant licenses and ID cards.  The new cards comply with a federal mandate, and thus can be used to board flights and enter federal facilities.  In order to obtain a compliant card, resident will bring a certified birth certificate or another approved document to any Secretary of State office.  Michigan received an extension from REAL ID enforcement at federal agencies until October 10, 2017. 

Beginning October 1, 2020, the federal government will not allow Michigan residents carrying a driver’s license or ID card that does not comply with the 2005 federal REAL ID Act to board domestic flights, or enter federal buildings, nuclear plants, or military bases unless they have another accepted identity document.  The new guidelines were created in the wake of September 11, 2001, based on recommendations from the 9/11 Commission.  They are meant to protect against fraud and misuse by requiring people to verify their identity, residency, Social Security number, and citizenships or legal presence when applying for a license or ID card.

For more information on the REAL ID, please click here to read the Secretary of State’s FAQ on the issue.

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