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How much will my license plate cost and how are the license plate fees calculated?
License plate fees for 1984 and newer model year passenger vehicles and light
trucks are calculated using a percentage of the manufacturer's suggested retail
price (MSRP) at the time the vehicle is first titled. This is also known as the
base price or window sticker price before any taxes, options, and destination
The plate fee decreases by 10% each year for the first three annual plate
renewals, after which the fee no longer changes as the vehicle continues to age.
All license plate fees are established by state law. License plate fees can
change if the state legislature amends the law to change the fee structure.
If the vehicle is older than 1984, the fee is based on the weight of the
vehicle. You may contact the Department of State Information Center at
1-888-SOS-MICH (1-888-767-6424) and someone will help you figure the fee for
your particular vehicle, or visit a Secretary of State branch office for
You may visit the "License
Plate Store" to view the types of Michigan plates that are available.
Transfer Fee for Existing Plate
You may transfer license plates already in your name at any Secretary of
State branch office. You will need your current registration (your license plate
number will be sufficient if the Secretary of State branch office can verify the
information on their computer system), your title to the vehicle to which you
want to transfer the license plate (your copy of the title application will be
sufficient if you recently applied for your title), and $8. Additional fees may
be due if transferring plates to a different type of vehicle (such as from a car
to a motor home). Additional fees will be due if you apply for a new title at
the same time. The owner of the registration must be one of the owners shown on
the title. If you are purchasing a vehicle from a Michigan licensed dealer, the
dealer will handle the plate transfer for you. You may contact the Department of
State Information Center at 1-888-SOS-MICH (1-888-767-6424) and someone will
help you determine the plate transfer fee.