Michigan Approves Two Year Vehicle Registration Option

Michigan Approves Two Year Vehicle Registration Option

(State of Michigan, Nov. 11, 2021)

Lansing, MI – Governor Whitmer today signed legislation saving Michigan drivers a trip to the Secretary of State’s office or post office. House Bill 4117 allows drivers to choose a 2-year vehicle registration, improving the convenience of Secretary of State services.

“Making life easier for Michiganders is one of my top priorities,” said Governor Whitmer. “The changes that I signed into law today will give Michigan car owners the opportunity to renew their license every two years instead of annually and will provide options for Michigan businesses to renew their special vehicle registration. These changes will build on the many new convenient services offered by the Secretary of State to put Michigan families and small businesses first.”

“The Michigan Department of State has entered a new era of operations and we are providing better and more convenient service than ever before. Our branch offices are open, pandemic operations are finished, and there is abundant availability for office visits across the state,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “HB 4117 will add yet another convenient service to our catalog and, while not implementable as written, SB 220 will be beneficial once the Legislature requires insurance companies to provide the Department with electronic access to their policies for agricultural vehicles.”

House Bill 4117 allows drivers the option to request a two-year registration instead of renewing annually. Currently, a vehicle registration is issued annually and expires on the owner’s birthday.

House Bill 4117 was sponsored by Rep. Steven Johnson, R-Wayland Twp. and a copy can be found here.

Senate Bill 220 will specifically amend the Michigan Vehicle Code to require the secretary of state to provide a system under which special vehicle registrations related to certain agricultural or wood harvesting operations could be renewed at no additional charge in a branch office, by first-class mail, and online beginning October 1, 2022.

Senate Bill 220 was sponsored by Sen. Lana Thesis, R-Brighton, and a copy can be found here.

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