MI Secretary of State Warns, License/ID Amnesty is Ending

The free ride is over. Amnesty is ending. If you need a new drivers license, license plate tabs, or a new state ID card because yours expired during the coronavirus pandemic, you’d better get on that task ASAP because you will risk tickets and fines soon, otherwise.

Michigan’s Secretary of State is warning Michigan residents that they have less than a week to renew their expired driver’s licenses, state identification cards and vehicle registrations before they will be assessed late fees and risk a ticket from the police. All such credentials with expirations after March 1st had been extended by the state Legislature through September 30th, and no additional extension is expected, so it’s time to pony up.

For driver’s licenses and IDs required to be renewed in person, such as those requiring a new photo, Secretary of State offices have been offering special appointments since August 24th, and they continue to be available through September 30th. Those that don’t require an in-person renewal must be renewed online or by mail.

The quickest way to renew vehicle registrations is at one of the more than 120 self-service stations located across the state. The average transaction time is two minutes, and customers walk away with their tabs in hand. Vehicle registrations also can be renewed online and by mail. Branch visits are not required for registration renewals.

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Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson warns, “I strongly encourage all Michiganders with expiring licenses, IDs or vehicle registrations to act now and avoid late fees or possible tickets,” and adds, “We have done everything we can to support Michiganders during this uncertain time and want to make sure they renew before the expiration extension ends.”

To schedule an appointment, conduct a transaction online or find a self-service station, visit this link: http://Michigan.gov/SOS