My client needs an ID card in order to get an ID card
If your client doesn't have any form of ID, it can seem like he or she is in a “Catch 22”. One organization may ask you to provide a Michigan ID card before it will release a paper (such as a birth certificate or school record) that the Secretary of State also says it needs in order to issue the Michigan ID card.
In these situations your client should find out if the agency or organization who has a document that he or she wants will accept any kind of alternative proof of identity other than a Michigan ID card. Sometimes an organization will be more accepting of a request from the client's attorney or a social service agency or church. Your client may also need help finding money to pay for certain kinds of proof. To find out about organizations that can help you get your papers, click here.
If you are in this situation, you should try to get all the papers you can. When possible, try to get the papers on SOS’s list of what is required. These documents will be accepted most easily. For information on how to get the papers on that list, click here. If you cannot get the papers on that list, you should get together any other papers you can find that show your name, address, Social Security number, or date of birth. The more papers you have, the more likely it is that you will get ID. Some types of papers you can get are:
- Medical records
- Baptismal records or family birth records like a family Bible showing birth dates
- Public health records, like vaccine records
- Court papers
- Criminal records or sex offender registration records. Some on-line criminal records show your date of birth and photo (Click here for Michigan)
- U.S. census records
- Selective Service registration records
- Newspaper clippings
- Driving records. You can ask the SOS to pull your driving record and ask you questions about it as a way to help prove you are who you say you are.
- If you are staying with friends, get a letter from your friends or the landlord saying you are staying there.