The chronic concern over lengthy wait times and weeks-from-now appointment scheduling at the Secretary of State’s office will be less of a concern over the next month for those who are getting a first time drivers license or first time state ID card, or those who are trying to replace a lost or incorrect license or ID.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has announced a new priority service for customers in those categories going forward through priority appointments.
Benson announced today that branch offices across the state will offer priority driver’s license and state ID appointments from next Monday, October 5th through Monday, November 2nd.
The priority appointments, which will be available from 3 to 5 pm Monday through Friday, are for Michigan residents who need to get a first-time license or ID, replace (because of loss) a license or ID, or correct (because of a name change or other change) a license or ID.
The appointments will be available for booking starting this afternoon. To make an appointment, visit http://Michigan.gov/SOS or call 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).
Benson says, “These appointments will ensure customers get the new or replacement driver’s license or state ID they may need as soon as possible,” and adds, “Prioritizing these appointments is another way we are ensuring continued service to Michigan residents during this pandemic.”
In addition to the priority appointment timeslot, residents also can complete these first-time, replacement or correction transactions, and other limited types of transactions, using the next-day and advance appointment categories available through the online appointment system.
Each individual must make a separate appointment to ensure enough time is allotted for service. Appointments aren’t transferable to another customer, and all duplicate appointments will be canceled.