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    Secretary of State to provide convenient testing for mechanics at Auto Tech Expo in Grand Rapids on Feb. 11

    FEB. 8, 2012Image: Our Customers are number 1

    Secretary of State to provide convenient testing for mechanics at Auto Tech Expo in Grand Rapids on Feb. 11

    GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Visitors to the Auto Value & Bumper to Bumper Tech Expo in Grand Rapids can take advantage of a convenient testing option for mechanics on Feb. 11, saving hundreds of test-takers a trip to a Secretary of State office.

    Secretary of State personnel will offer the automotive and heavy duty truck mechanic exams at the expo, which draws auto dealers, repair shop technicians and others from across the state to DeVos Place. The department has offered the exams at the expo for the past 12 years, administering more than 4,200 individual mechanic exams during those visits.

    Between 250 and 350 attendees are expected to take exams at the expo, which outnumbers those who test in Secretary of State offices in an average month. Another advantage to taking exams at the expo is that attendees will get their results back more quickly.

    "By administering these exams at a convenient location for mechanics, we can save them time and a trip to one of our branch offices," Johnson said. "That goal is also why we launched ExpressSOS.com, our new system that lets residents do many transactions with us online. It's all part of our effort to make our services more convenient and available when people need them."

    Certification testing costs $6 and is open to those attending the expo. Exams will be given as space permits from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration prior to the expo is required and can be done online at www.avtechexpo.com.

    In addition to the testing offered, Secretary of State personnel will offer a two-hour training session for repair shop owners, technicians and managers about how to best comply with motor vehicle service and repair laws.

    For more information about office locations and additional services, visit www.Michigan.gov/SOS. Sign up for the official Secretary of State Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/MichSOS and Facebook updates at www.facebook.com/MichiganSOS.

    Customers also may call the Department of State Information Center to speak to a customer service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).

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    For media questions, please call Gisgie Dávila Gendreau at 517-373-2520.

     

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