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Fees for License Plates, Registrations and Titles

The chart below contains commonly requested information regarding vehicle registration and title fees. The information provides an overview and does not cover every affected transaction.

Please contact the department's Information Center at 1-888-SOS-MICH (1-888-767-6424) with any questions.

If a license plate expires on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the expiration date is extended to the next business day before a $10 late fee is assessed.

About Your Vehicle Registration

For model years 1984 and newer, the vehicle registration is based on the manufacturer's suggested retail (or base) price (ad valorem). Registrations for models 1983 or older are based on the vehicle's weight.

Vehicle Registration Renewals

The full 12-month registration fee is due even if the plate has expired. If a vehicle registration is expired longer than six months, a 24-month renewal fee is charged, extending the registration until the following expiration date.

Vehicle Registration Late Fee

A $10 late fee is charged for a vehicle registration renewed after expiration. 

  Vehicle Registration Transfer Fee - $8

Vehicle Title Fees

 Vehicle Title

$15

 Vehicle Instant Title*

$20

 Vehicle Title Late Fee

$15

 Salvage Title

$15

 Scrap Title

$20

 * Instant title service is available at select branch offices for certain vehicle transactions.
 Expeditious title service is available at all Secretary of State branch offices for most vehicle transactions.

Temporary Registration Permits

30- or 60-day Temporary Permits are available

The 30-day permit fee is one-tenth (1/10) of the annual registration fee or $20, whichever is greater, plus a $10 service fee.

The 60-day permit fee is one-fifth (1/5) of the annual registration fee or $40, whichever is greater, plus a $10 service fee.

License Plate Fees

Standard License Plate

Standard registration fee only. A $5 fee is charged if a vehicle owner chooses to replace a specialty plate with the standard plate.

Spectacular Peninsulas License Plate

$5 plus standard registration fee.  The $5 fee is also due if an owner elects to replace a standard plate or specialty plate with a Spectacular Peninsulas plate.

Mackinac Bridge License Plate

$5 plus standard registration fee.  The $5 fee is also due if an owner elects to replace a standard plate or specialty plate with a Mackinac Bridge plate.

Great Lakes Splendor License Plate

No longer available, however, vehicle owners may continue to renew or transfer these plates.

Auto Centennial Plate

No longer available, however, vehicle owners may continue to renew or transfer these plates.

Replacement License Plate and Tab 

$5 

Replacement Tab Only 

$5 

Duplicate Vehicle Registration 

No fee 

University License Plate

$35 plus standard registration fee

University License Plate Renewal Fee

$10 plus standard registration fee

Special Cause License Plate

$35 plus standard registration fee

Special Cause License Plate Renewal Fee

$10 plus standard registration fee

Patriotic License Plate

$35 plus standard registration fee

Patriotic License Plate Renewal Fee

$10 plus standard registration fee

Personalizing a License Plate

$30 for 12 months or prorated plus standard registration fee

Personalized Plate Renewal Fee

$15 plus standard registration fee

Disability License Plate

No additional charge, standard registration fee only

Recreational Vehicles and Watercraft Fees

Snowmobile Registration

$30 for 3-year decal (original and renewal)

Historic Snowmobile Registration

$50 for non-expiring decal (original)

Replacement Snowmobile Decals  

$5

Duplicate Snowmobile Registration

$5

Moped Registration

$15 for 3-year decal (original and renewal)

Moped Registration Transfer

$10 plus renewal fee, if any 

Replacement Moped Decal

No fee

Duplicate Moped Registration  

$2

Off-Road Vehicle Title

$11

Watercraft Title

$5

Watercraft Instant Title*

$10

 * Instant title service is available at select branch offices for certain watercraft transactions.
 Expeditious title service is available at all Secretary of State branch offices for most watercraft transactions. 

Watercraft Transfer

$2 plus 1- 2- or 3-year renewal fee, if any

Replacement Watercraft Decals

No fee

Duplicate Watercraft Registration

$2

Non-motorized Sailboats

$9 (Original fee and 3-year renewal)

Non-motorized Canoes And Kayaks Used Commercially

$5 (Original fee and 3-year renewal)

Motorboats Less Than 12 Feet And Motorized Canoes (All Sizes)

$14 (Original fee and 3-year renewal)

Motorboats 12 Feet Or More But Less Than 16 Feet

$17 (Original fee and 3-year renewal)

Motorboats 16 Feet Or More But Less Than 21 Feet

$42 (Original fee and 3-year renewal)

Motorboats 21 Feet Or More But Less Than 28 Feet

$115 (Original fee and 3-year renewal)

Motorboats 28 Feet Or More But Less Than 35 Feet

$168 (Original fee and 3-year renewal)

Motorboats 35 Feet Or More But Less Than 42 Feet

$244 (Original fee and 3-year renewal)

Motorboats 42 Feet Or More But Less Than 50 Feet

$280 (Original fee and 3-year renewal)

Motorboats 50 Feet Or More

$448 (Original fee and 3-year renewal)

Pontoon Boats (Regardless Of Size)

$23 (Original fee and 3-year renewal)

Commercial Fishing Vessels Licensed In Michigan (No Sport Trollers)

$15 (Original fee and 3-year renewal)

Trailer and Trailer Coach Plate Fees

Trailers and trailer coaches are registered with a permanent, non-expiring trailer plate based on the unit's weight. Trailer plates are nontransferable. 

Trailers and Trailer Coaches
         0-2,499 pounds

$75

Trailers and Trailer Coaches
         2,500-9,999 pounds

$200

 Trailers and Trailer Coaches
        10,000 pounds or more

$300

Replacement Trailer Plate 

$5 

Trailer or Trailer Coach Title

$15 if applicable

Other Title Fees

Mobile Home Title

$90

Mobile Home Correction Title

$15

Mobile Home Duplicate Title

$15

 




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