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  • Secretary of State offices to close for Fourth of July holiday

    Happy 4th of JulySecretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds residents that all offices and the Office of the Great Seal will be closed in observance of Independence Day on Tuesday, July 4.  

    Customers can hop online at ExpressSOS.com, which allows customers to renew their tabs and driver’s licenses, get a duplicate registration, duplicate title, change their address and register to be an organ donor. And with its Print ’N Go feature, customers can renew their driver’s licenses and tabs for their  . . .


  • Secretary of State Mobile Office to join Highland Park Community Day

    Secretary of State Mobile Office

    Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced that the Secretary of State Mobile Office will participate in Highland Park’s 2nd Annual City Council Community Day next weekend.

    The office will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 24 at City Hall, 12050 . . .


  • Preserving Michigan's lighthouses

    Lighthouse PlateMichigan’s lighthouse license plate has a new design and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) Executive Director Earl Poleski are promoting it as a way to help preserve the iconic structures on the state’s shorelines. . .


  • Johnson: ProtectMiChild Registry can help keep kids safe from unsuitable online ads

    Protect My Child

    With June celebrated as National Internet Safety Month, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is reminding parents that they can help keep their kids safe by joining the ProtectMiChild Registry.

    The registry is a free and secure program housed on the Secretary of State website that families and schools can use to block adult-oriented ads for products like alcohol, tobacco, pornography and online gambling . . .


  • Secretary of State improving technology for customers

    Customer using TechnologyAs more and more customers take advantage of alternative ways to do business with the Secretary of State such as online services at ExpressSOS.com, the department is moving forward with several technology-driven  . . .



  • Secretary Johnson suspends license of Flint auto dealer

    Stamp Out Fraud

    Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today that she has suspended the license of Flint used-vehicle dealer and automotive recycler Grand Auto Sale & Parts, 3419 W. Pasadena Ave., after the dealer failed to comply with her department’s request to inspect dealership records.

    Secretary of State investigators conducted several inspections at the dealership, however the licensee is alleged to have repeatedly failed . . .


  • Auto A/C full of hot air? Don't let unlicensed work make you sweat even more

    MechanicWith temperatures to start reaching summertime highs, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds motorists seeking to recharge their air conditioning unit to take their car to a licensed repair facility.

    “If you’re low on refrigerant and need a blast of cold air on a summer day, you should make certain the facility offering the air conditioning service is licensed to do so,” Johnson said. “Licensing provides . . .