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Title and Registration

What is a Title and Registration?
A title is a legal document that shows who owns certain property. In Michigan, motor vehicles, trailer coaches, trailers weighing 2,500 pounds or more empty, off-road vehicles, pickup campers, and watercraft 20 feet and over or with a permanently affixed engine must be titled.

All motor vehicles and trailers used on Michigan roads must be registered and display valid license plates. A registration shows the plate number and what vehicle that plate is registered to.  To register a motor vehicle, provide either the previous registration or proof of insurance and ownership documents.

What Vehicles Require Titles and Registration?

• Trailers All trailers used on-road must be registered and those over 2500 lbs (empty weight) must also be titled.

• Titling and Registering Vehicles Tax and title; buying a new license plate; transferring a license plate;

• Secretary of State Frequently Asked Questions - Vehicle Titles Answers questions about Vehicle Titles and Vehicle Registrations.


Title and Registration Fee Information

• How much will my license plate cost and how are the license plate fees calculated? Plate fees/calculations



Title and Registration Quick Links
 •  Renew Vehicle Plate
 •  Renew Watercraft
 •  Replacement Registration
 •  Replacement Title
 •  Instant Title Services
 •  Fees for License Plates, Registration & Titles
 •  Branch Office Locator & Hours
 •  Military Personnel
 •  Title Histories
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