Even if your Michigan driver's license doesn't expire in the next year, you'll need to get a new one soon as your current ID will no longer work in certain situations. This is something the state has been warning residents about for years.

Back in 2017, the government warned us that we were going to need a Real ID to travel on domestic flights by 2020. Well, we all know what happened in 2020 that pushed back that deadline to 2023. Then it got pushed back again. Now the deadline is May 7, 2025.

We'd be lying if we said there wasn't any confusion surrounding Real IDs.

WFNT logo
Get our free mobile app

What is a Real ID?

A Real ID, often a driver's license or state ID card, is identified by a star or similar symbol unique to each state. Check the upper-right corner of your valid Michigan ID for confirmation.

Beginning May 7, 2025, Michigan residents will need to present a REAL ID-compliant document to fly within the United States and enter certain federal facilities to comply with federal law.

Starting in May of next year, all domestic airline flights will require you to show a Real ID before you board the plane. They also allow you to travel across the Canadian border without a passport.

If you have no plans to board a domestic flight, visit certain federal buildings, or enter a military base or nuclear power plant, then you're not required to get a Real ID.

According to The Detroit Free Press, you do not need a Real ID card to board a commercial flight if you already have a valid passport or passport card. International flights still require a valid passport or acceptable alternative; a Real ID card alone will not suffice.

We say time is running out, but technically you can still update your ID after the May 7, 2025 deadline.

Check Out 8 of Michigan's Weirdest Laws

Yes, these laws are actually on the books in Michigan, make sure you don't break them.

Gallery Credit: Laura Hardy

11 Rules Most Amish Women in Michigan Must Follow

The life of an Amish woman in Michigan is much different than that of the "English" (how Amish refer to those outside their religion) and may vary from sect to sect. Here's a look at 11 Rules Amish Women in Michigan Must Follow.

Gallery Credit: Scott Clow

The 100 Dirtiest Cities in America

To determine which city is our nation's filthiest, LawnStarter.com compared America's largest metros in four categories: pollution, infrastructure, living conditions, and consumer satisfaction. Grab the hand sanitizer and some gloves as we countdown the 100 Dirtiest Cities in America.

Gallery Credit: Scott Clow