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- Mechanic inspections now required for rebuilt salvage vehicles to ensure safety
Under a new state law now in effect, damaged vehicles deemed salvage must be inspected by a certified mechanic before being allowed back on the road, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced.
Previously, only an inspection by a trained law-enforcement officer was required to verify that the vehicle was not repaired using stolen auto parts. The new law adds a certification by a licensed mechanic . . .
- Secretary Johnson reminds residents to register to vote ahead of May election
Michigan residents have until Monday, April 3 to register to vote in the May 2 election, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced.
“Voting provides everyone with an opportunity to be heard through the ballot they cast,” Johnson said. “All qualified Michigan residents are . . .
- Secretary of State Mobile Office joins Novi Home and Garden Show
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced that the Secretary of State Mobile Office will attend the Novi Home and Garden Show at Suburban Collection Showplace, 46100 Grand River Avenue, this weekend . . .
- Saginaw SOS office now lets you hold spot, schedule appointment
The Saginaw County PLUS Office, 4404 Bay Road, now offers the innovative MI-TIME Line service that allows customers to use their phones or computers to make appointments or hold their place in line . . .
- Secretary of State Mobile Office offers full services in Riverview once again
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced that the Secretary of State’s Mobile Office is returning to Riverview to serve Downriver-area customers.
The office will be open noon to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28 at . . .
- Secretary Johnson suspends license of Muskegon auto dealer
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today that she has suspended the license of Muskegon used-vehicle dealer Arizona Charlie’s Auto & Truck Sales, 4295 E. Apple Ave., after consumer complaints led department investigators to the discovery of violations.
Several consumers who had purchased vehicles from Arizona Charlie’s complained that the dealership had not sought titles and registrations . . .
- Regatta on your radar? Renew your watercraft registration online at ExpressSOS.com
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today encouraged boat owners to take advantage of the ease of online registration and renewal at ExpressSOS.com.
“Don’t wait in line at an office to renew your watercraft registration when you could be out on the water instead,” Johnson said. “Hop online to renew quickly and easily, and spend more time on your boat . . .
- Michigan elections director to retire in June after decades of service
State Elections Director Christopher M. Thomas announced he will retire in June after a career spanning five decades serving Michigan voters.
“I am incredibly grateful for Chris’ experience and expertise as state elections director,” said Secretary of State Ruth Johnson . . .