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Driver's License Applications and Written Test

Date: Tuesday, 17 Sep 2013 Time: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Location: 3rd Floor International Center


Students who wish to obtain a Michigan Driver’s License may start their administrative processing and take the required written test at a convenient on-campus location. (Note: Those who wish to obtain a Michigan Identification Card should visit the Secretary of State branch directly.)

The application session will be closed between 12pm and 1pm for lunch.

No advance registration is necessary to attend the sessions.

PLEASE NOTE that you must arrive no later than 11am for the morning session and no later than 3pm for the afternoon session. This will allow sufficient time to verify documents and complete the test.


The documentation required for these sessions is as follows for all under F-1, F-2, J-1, or J-2 status:

  1. Passport
  2. I-20 or DS-2019
  3. Two documents proving residency in the State of Michigan. Common examples include:
    • Rental agreement or lease document for your place of residence
    • A letter from your bank or recent bank statement showing your address
    • A blank check showing your address
  4. PHOTOCOPIES of items 1, 2, and 3
  5.  Social Security Document. May include any of the following:
    • Social Security Card (Original only - no copy needed)
    • Letter from Social Security Administration listing your Social Security Number (SSN) (ORIGINAL AND PHOTOCOPY REQUIRED)
    • Letter from Social Security Administration confirming that you have applied for an SSN (Original only - no copy needed)
    • Letter from Social Security Administration confirming that you are NOT eligible for an SSN (denial/rejection letter, also called SSA L-676) (ORIGINAL AND PHOTOCOPY REQUIRED)

SPEED UP THE APPLICATION PROCESS with a driver’s license translation:

You can get your driver’s license up to THIRTY DAYS FASTER if you provide the following three documents:

  1. Your original home country driver’s license
  2. Photocopy of your home country driver’s license
  3. An official English translation of your home country driver’s license (unless English already appears on the license). If you do not have an official translation, feel free to use this OISS template:*  You cannot translate your own license. Translators must be either faculty members or graduate students at MSU. Translations must be typed.


OISS 517-353-1720


OISS and Secretary of State

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