Secretary of State Expands Special Appointments for Licenses Expiring in October

When Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced last month that all previous renewal extensions on license plates, drivers licenses and state IDs would expire on September 30th, she also at least afforded those with a time crunch access to special appointments and extended hours exclusively for them. Now, she’s extending those special appointments and longer hours to those who have licenses expiring in October, due to the crunch.

The special appointments and extended hours for Michigan residents to renew driver’s licenses or state ID cards has, therefore, expanded to include those licenses and IDs expiring in October, according to Benson.

Last month, Benson announced branch offices would offer the special appointments and extended hours for licenses or IDs that expire between January 1, 2020, and September 30, 2020, and must be renewed in person. Customers can make appointments for between 4 and 7 pm Monday through Friday through September 30th. To make an appointment, you can visit or call 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).

Benson says, “As we mark the midpoint of these special appointments and extended hours to help meet customer needs during the pandemic, we’re happy to be able expand them to serve customers whose licenses and IDs expire between October 1st and 31st, 2020,” and adds, “We also want to remind Michigan residents of the important September 30th deadline to renew licenses, IDs and vehicle registrations that previously had their expiration dates extended.”

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Under Public Acts 127-129, those with driver’s license, state ID or vehicle registration expirations between March 1st and September 30th have until September 30th to complete their renewals. With that deadline less than three weeks away, drivers who haven’t completed their renewals are encouraged to make a plan to do so immediately.

Many driver’s license and ID renewals also can be completed online at

Vehicle registration and tab renewals should be completed online at, by mail or at one of the 121 self-service stations located across the state (visit for locations). To renew at a self-service station, drivers only need their license plate number and the last four digits of their Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or the renewal noticed mailed to them.