Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) Forms
Filling out forms and processing paperwork are how things get done at the Michigan SOS office. Because of that, they provide an extensive library of all the forms you will ever need. This convenience allows you to browse the paperwork that’s required for your task, find out what information is required for each, and fill them out in advance long before you arrive at the SOS.
“What Every Driver Must Know” (Form SOS-133)
If you would like a consolidated take on everything there is to know about driving in Michigan, you will find what you need in What Every Driver Must Know, Michigan’s official drivers manual. SOS processes, state-specific traffic laws, exam resources, safe driving tips, and information on the point system are all explained in detail within its pages. The SOS office constantly updates this driving encyclopedia, so you can count on its accuracy, especially when it comes to services such as license and registration renewal. The entire handbook is available for download from the SOS website or in a physical copy format, available at any SOS branch near you.
Change of Address Form (Form ED-109W)
The SOS office requires you to fill out a Change of Address Form (Form ED-109W) when you move in order to keep your license accurate and your records up-to-date. Failure to notify the SOS office of any major changes such as legal name, vehicle, or permanent address may result in fines. It is your responsibility to provide the SOS office with this information; fortunately, this form is provided on the SOS website, so you can complete it in the comfort of your home and send it in without having to visit a branch location in person.
Drivers License or ID Requirements (Form SOS-428)
If you are ever considering applying for a Michigan drivers license or state ID card, consult the Drivers License or ID Requirements Checklist (Form SOS-428) for a comprehensive list of all the documents you will need to bring. A legal identification card is essential, so this form makes the acquisition process smooth and efficient. Notable documents to bring in order to get an ID card or license are a proof of Social Security number, proof of identity, and proof of legal residence in Michigan. Keep in mind that to qualify for a drivers license, you must first satisfy all of the other requirements for driving as well.
Application for Drivers License Reinstatement (Form BDVR-162)
If your Michigan drivers license was suspended or revoked, you will need to fill out the Application for Drivers License Reinstatement (Form BDVR-162) to reclaim your driving privileges. There may be fees and other steep penalties associated with license suspension, so try your best to keep a clean driving record. If your license was suspended for a severe reason, you may have to settle legal issues as well. Reinstatement will only apply when you have fulfilled all the requirements stated at the time of the loss of your license.
Application for Michigan Vehicle Title (Form TR-11L)
One of the most important and commonly used SOS forms is the Application for Michigan Vehicle Title Form (Form TR-11L), which is required whenever you purchase a new or used vehicle. A car’s title acts as your legal proof of ownership, and finalizes the transaction between buyer and seller. You will definitely need it when you sell or transfer your vehicle. This process is required by the state; if you fail to get a title, there may be harsh penalties and fines.