No-fee state identification card policy


No-fee state identification card policy

Michigan law allows the Secretary of State’s Office to waive state identification card fees for residents who are:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Legally blind
  • Veterans
  • Homeless
  • Adding or removing the organ donor registry heart sticker
  • Not allowed to drive because their license was suspended due to a physical or mental disability
  • Receiving state aid



Michigan law allows qualifying veterans to receive a no-fee state ID card. Veterans who were issued a driver’s license with the veteran designation don’t need to provide any more documentation.

Veterans must present one of the following documents to qualify for the veteran designation:

  • DD214 (or correction DD215), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, any copy except Copy 1
  • Form NGB FM 22 or 23, Report of Separation and Record of Service, must indicate honorable or general discharge
  • Forms WD AGO, such as WD AGO 53-55, Enlisted Record and Report of Separation Honorable Discharge
  • GSA 6954, Certificate of Military Service
  • NAVPERS 553, Extract of Notice of Separation from U.S. Naval Service
  • VA Veteran Health Identification Card
  • DD-2 (blue or pink version), United States Uniformed Services ID card issued to retired military and military reserve veterans.


Homeless individuals

Homeless applicants must present both of the following:

  • Homeless verification letter from a public service agency, and
  • HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) photo ID card


Residents receiving public assistance

Residents with official documents stating they receive benefits from one of the following programs also qualify to have the ID card fee waived:

  • Michigan Department of Human Services Family Independence Program (FIP)
  • Michigan Department of Human Services State Disability Assistance (SDA)
  • Social Security Administration Social Security Disability Insurance Program (SSDI)
  • Social Security Administration Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI)


Related Link
> Standard and Enhanced State ID Card Fee Chart