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Secretary of State adds hours to branch offices because renewal extension is ending

Lester Graham
Michigan Radio

The COVID-19 pandemic made “business as usual” at the Secretary of State’s offices impossible. Instead of walking in to renew license plate tags, people have been making appointments. Some of those appointments are months away.

The renewal extension that was implemented is running out on September 30. So, months away is no longer going to work.

You do have some options.

“People can renew their vehicle tabs over the mail, over online, or a one of our kioksk at Meijer’s and Kroger’s or at any branch office self-service station. You don’t need an appointment to renew your vehicle tabs,” explained Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

You can locate those kiosks by clicking on this link.

Benson says branch offices have also added two hours each day, staying open until 7:00 p.m. through the end of the month.

“And for the cases where you do have to come in person, we have opened our branch offices two hours extra every day. And there are those appointments are available right now," Benson said.

But she says you should hurry. Those appointment slots are expected to fill up quickly. You have until September 30th to get your tabs updated.

Lester Graham reports for The Environment Report. He has reported on public policy, politics, and issues regarding race and gender inequity. He was previously with The Environment Report at Michigan Radio from 1998-2010.