SEPTEMBER 4, 2019
Rebuilt office provides fresh look, more seating
DOWAGIAC – With renovations complete, the Secretary of State branch office will be moving back to its Dowagiac location after being temporarily housed this summer at the Lewis Cass Intermediate School District in Cassopolis.
The temporary office at the school district, 61682 Dailey Road, will close at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6. During a weeklong closure, office equipment and furniture will be moved from Cassopolis back to Dowagiac, and phone lines, electrical and IT services will be reconnected. The office at 601 N. Front St. will reopen for business at 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16.
Secretary of State services had relocated to Cassopolis in June while the Dowagiac office building underwent extensive renovations, including repairs to the roof. The office’s exterior and interior have been remodeled. The lobby and counters also have been reconfigured to provide more room for customer seating.
During the weeklong closure, customers are encouraged to complete their transactions online at ExpressSOS.com or visit another branch office. The ability to schedule appointments has been extended to all Secretary of State offices, and the Dowagiac branch will begin providing this service when it reopens.
Most license plate types can be ordered or renewed at ExpressSOS.com. Driver’s license permits and registrations for vehicles, motorcycles, snowmobiles or watercraft may be printed allowing motorists to drive legally until they get their renewed driver’s license or plate and tab in the mail. Additionally, customers may order a duplicate registration or title, change their address and register to be an organ donor on the website.
Residents needing services during the relocation may visit these Secretary of State offices:
Hours for all three branches are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday. Services include instant titles, Commercial Driver License and mechanic testing, and self-service kiosks for renewing license plates. The Benton Harbor kiosk is open 24/7.
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For media questions, contact
Communications Director Shawn Starkey at 517-335-3264 or
We welcome questions and comments at the Contact the Secretary of State page.
Customers may call the Department of State Information Center to
speak to a customer-service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).