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Sen. Dave Hildenbrand's Legislative Update
Michigan residents required to have REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card by 2020

Federal law requires Michigan motorists to obtain a driver’s license that complies with a mandate designed to strengthen our national safety and security.

Beginning Oct. 1, 2020, Michigan residents must carry a driver’s license or ID card that complies with the federal REAL ID Act or present a valid U.S. passport to fly in the United States or visit federal buildings.  The REAL ID security standards were created in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to help prevent illegal altering of the cards and deter fraud and misuse.

Michigan residents can apply for the REAL ID-compliant license or ID card at any Secretary of State office — applicants will need to bring a certified birth certificate or other approved document. There is no extra cost when renewing your driver’s license or ID card. However, if you chose to update before your expiration date, at a duplicate card fee will apply.

Find more information, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, visit: or call the Department of State Information Center at 888-767-6424.

Consumer alert addresses Equifax security breach

Millions of Michigan residents may have had their personal information compromised through an alleged security breach at Equifax, one of the country’s major credit reporting agencies. The Michigan Attorney General’s office recently released a new consumer alert outlining steps to protect against identity theft, and to request a credit report and freeze, along with links to additional resources.

MiPage Link to all things Michigan

From job openings, to traffic news, to hunting information and more, the free MiPage app allows users to search for multiple services all in one place. You can even check out upcoming events in your city! Learn more at

Hunters hunting outside of Michigan must follow new cervid rules

Michigan has a rich hunting heritage. New cervid importation regulations will help protect the state’s deer population to ensure our hunting tradition stays strong.

To help keep potential cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) from unintentionally being brought into Michigan, hunters who harvest a cervid (deer, moose or elk) in any other state or province can only import certain parts, such as hides, deboned meat, quarters, finished taxidermy products, cleaned teeth and antlers.

CWD is a fatal, contagious neurological disease. In 2015, a free ranging deer in mid-Michigan tested positive for CWD. Since that discovery, nine animals have tested positive for the disease. The state has taken aggressive steps, including these new regulations, to help contain this threat. Those hunting in Michigan within areas where CWD has been found must follow specific regulations as well. For more information, visit

Michigan Department of Education has begun their search for the 2018-19 Michigan Teacher of the Year

The search has begun for the 2018-19 Michigan Teacher of the Year.

The Michigan Department of Education is asking educators, administrators, students, and parents to help find the next Michigan Teacher of the Year. The Michigan Teacher of the Year program recognizes outstanding education leaders across Michigan for their work to elevate the teaching profession.

The Michigan Department of Education online nomination form is open until Friday, October 20 at 11:59pm, for people to nominate a teacher or teachers whom they feel are exceptional educators and have made substantial contributions to their profession.

Pure Michigan Travel GuidePure Michigan Fall Travel Guide now available 

Autumn in Michigan is a special season! Our state’s waters and woodlands offer postcard-perfect views and countless opportunities for outdoor adventure.

From scenic drives and hikes to weekend getaways to culinary destinations, the 2017 Pure Michigan Fall Travel Guide highlights places to go and sights to see across our great state. Access the digital version and sign up for weekly fall color updates at or contact my office to receive a free print copy. 

MDOT 2017 construction map

The 2017 Paving the Way state construction map is now available online at  The map details the major road repairs scheduled this season on state highways and trunk lines, along with the construction dates.
School Groups
Almost every week, I have the privilege of welcoming students from the Grand Rapids area to the Michigan capitol building. During their visit, I always try to welcome them and take a quick photo. To see these pictures, please visit this page on my website.

Contact Senator Hildenbrand’s Office

Senator Dave Hildenbrand
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

Toll-Free: (866) 305-2129 or (517) 373-1801


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