Renew Registration in Michigan

Need to renew your Michigan car registration? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many SOS related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to assistance in preparing official forms, the value added services and products you will receive include a comprehensive Easy Guide™ containing information relevant to your service needs; 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service from Road America. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the SOS in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local SOS.

3: Via a SOS office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local SOS office. Varying SOS offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the SOS closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your SOS allows you to make a personal appointment.

Renewing Your Michigan Vehicle Registration

Renewing your tag is an easy process in Michigan, as you are given option of renewing in person, online, by phone, or via mail.

Michigan allows some drivers to renew their registration online, provided that they meet the certain state requirements. In order to register online, visit your local Secretary of State Office and follow the instructions given.

To renew your Michigan vehicle registration in person visit your local SOS Office. You will also be required to present your driver’s license, your renewal notice or current registration certificate and roof of insurance. You will also need to present payment for the required fees.

You are only eligible to renew your tag by mail if you’re out of state or can’t make it into an office. To renew by mail, send the renewal notice, proof of insurance (only if you have no PIN on your notice), payment and renewal worksheet (if also getting anew license plate or paying with a credit card) or check or money order to:

Michigan Department of State
Renewal by Mail
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 4890-0001 

Finally, to renew by phone all the information on your renewal notice must be valid and it must contain a PIN number. Call 1-517-334-9444 and follow the prompts. You will need your renewal notice and PIN number. You should receive your new Michigan vehicle registration in about two weeks from the time you called in the request.