Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announces nonbinary option for licenses and ID Cards – Michigan (.gov)
Information and statistics related to upcoming elections.
State primary results and general election race results.
The dates and deadlines you need to know when running for office. Find the requirements for filing for office and filing campaign finance statements.
Election Security in Michigan
Elections administration, including the Election Inspector's Guide; absentee voting; and the Michigan Qualified Voter File.
Office of the Great Seal
Find information about the Board of State Canvassers and its meeting notices.
Check here for links to information about REAL ID.
Title and registration requirements; special titles; name changes; address changes; license plate fees; insurance requirements; new Michigan residents; lost titles; lost license plates; and deceased vehicle owners.
Disability parking and placard information, disability parking, disability plate, disabled parking permit, and wheelchair.
Recreational vehicles such as snowmobiles, watercraft, ORVs, and trailers.
The International Registration Plan (IRP) – a program for registering and licensing of commercial vehicles in interstate operations among member jurisdictions (states or provinces).
The Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) online service for customers filing financial statements and liens through the Secretary of State.
Operating requirements for agricultural vehicles on public roads – lighting, slow-moving vehicle emblems, and more.
The web Browser you are currently using is unsupported, and some features of this site may not work as intended. Please update to a modern browser such as Chrome, Firefox or Edge to experience all features Michigan.gov has to offer.
November 02, 2021
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson today announced that, effective Nov. 10, Michigan residents will be able to select a non-binary option – marked with an “X” – as the sex on their driver’s licenses and state identification cards.
“I am proud to support Michiganders across the state who for many years have called on the Department of State to provide a non-binary sex marker on their ID that matches their lived reality,” said Benson. “We have been working toward this goal since 2019, when we first removed the barriers for residents to change their sex marker in order to help protect their safety and accurately reflect their identity.”
In 2019, Benson reinstituted a previously long-standing department policy that enabled residents to change their sex marker without providing documentation from a medical practitioner or obtaining a court order. At the time, the department’s technology was not capable of providing a third, non-binary option, but the department worked toward overhauling the core technology behind its driver’s licenses and IDs, which it finished in March of 2021. The new system expanded the number of online transactions available to residents and also made the non-binary option feasible with additional programming, which is now nearly complete.
Residents who wish to change their sex-marker to “X” will be able to do so by visiting any Secretary of State office, starting on Nov. 10, 2021. They are encouraged to schedule a visit for a license or ID correction by visiting Michigan.gov/SOS or calling 888-SOS-MICH.
Benson made the announcement shortly after the United States Department of State announced that it is working to enable Americans across the country to select a non-binary sex marker on their U.S. passports. Currently, 20 other states and the District of Columbia already allow their residents to do so on their state licenses and IDs.
# # #
Media Relations Director
The Department of State issued letters today to candidates who will be disqualified from the August 2, 2022, Primary Election ballot because of defects on the candidate’s affidavit of identity.
Today, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said four nonpartisan legislative changes are needed ahead of this year’s statewide elections.
Today, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Attorney General Dana Nessel visited a Road to Restoration Clinic in Ypsilanti where their departments and numerous volunteer organizations helped Michiganders restore their driver’s licenses after new state laws lifted license suspensions for thousands of restricted drivers.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson recognized Motorcycle Safety Awareness month today, urging drivers to be aware of motorcyclists on the road in the coming months.
Polls in Michigan jurisdictions holding elections tomorrow, May 3, will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. for in-person voting.
A monthly update on the status and impact of the Michigan Department of State's work to modernize customer service operations
The Michigan Bureau of Elections today directed Genesee County Clerk John Gleason to refrain from participating in election activities to ensure public trust in the county’s elections.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson today announced she will launch two new mobile offices to serve communities in Central and Western Michigan.
The Michigan Department of State (MDOS) has served a summary suspension on a Detroit vehicle dealer for imminent threat to the public health, safety or welfare.
With one week remaining until the May 3 elections in many Michigan jurisdictions, voters are encouraged to hand-deliver their absentee ballots to their local clerk’s office or ballot drop box.
Find a self-service station
Schedule an office visit
Contact the department
Forms and publications
العربية Español 普通话