FEB. 14, 2012
Visitors can learn about expanded online services
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The Michigan Secretary of State's Office will be
highlighting its new
ExpressSOS.com online services at the 2012 Grand Rapids Boat Show through
Feb. 19 at DeVos Place, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson
"This is a perfect opportunity to learn about renewing your watercraft at
Johnson said. "And that's not all you can do. Renew your license plate tabs,
renew your driver's license or get duplicate titles and registration. It's easy.
Stop by our booth and ask our friendly staff about the online, no-wait Secretary
Watercraft registration renewal notices are mailed out in March by the
Secretary of State's office. Currently Michigan has more than 907,000 boats
registered in the state. The National Marine Manufacturers Association ranked
Michigan third in the country in boat registrations in 2010, up from fourth in
"We are excited to have Michigan's Secretary of State Office involved in the
Grand Rapids Boat Show once again," said show spokeswoman Dianna Stampfler.
"Secretary Johnson's ongoing dedication to Michigan's boating industry
reinforces our efforts to produce the largest and longest-running consumer boat
show here in the Great Lakes State. We anticipate this year will be bigger and
better than ever before!"
Besides displaying the latest in power boats, pontoons, kayaks and canoes,
the show offers a boating safety certification course, courtesy of the Kent
County Sheriff's Department, on Feb. 18. Throughout the show visitors can also
learn basic sailing techniques and how to read a nautical chart.
The booth will be open during the show's public days, which run Feb. 15
through Feb. 19 at DeVos Place, 303 Monroe Ave. N.W. Show hours are as follows:
- Wednesday, Feb. 15 ? 3-9:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 16 ? 3-9:30 p.m.
- Friday, Feb. 17 ? 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Feb. 18 ? 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Sunday, Feb. 19 ? 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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
Customers also may call the Department of State Information Center to speak
to a customer-service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).
For media questions, please call Gisgie Dávila Gendreau at 517-373-2520.