License Plate Tabs
License plates receive a tab showing both the month and year of expiration.
The tab also shows the plate number for which it was issued. Individually-owned
passenger vehicles, light trucks, and motorcycles expire on the owner's birthday
in the month shown.
For standard plates, Spectacular Peninsulas plates, Great Lakes Splendor plates, Mackinac Bridge plates, fundraising plates, and Auto Centennial plates, the tab is placed on the upper-right corner of the plate.
The tab is placed in the lower-right corner of motorcycle plates.
If your tab is lost, stolen, or mutilated and you still have the valid license plate, you can get a new tab at a Secretary of State branch office. Bring your registration or plate number. Replacement tabs cost $5. There is no fee to replace a tab returned as defective.