Secretary of State
Some Michigan residents, including those serving in the military, may use their vehicles* only occasionally or may be out of the country for extended periods of time. Rather than purchasing or renewing a full-year license plate, these owners may buy a 30-day temporary permit or 60-day temporary permit for short-term use of their vehicle.
The cost of each permit is a portion of the vehicle's annual registration fee:
The 30-day permit fee is 1/10 the annual registration fee or $20, whichever is greater, plus a $10 service fee.
The 60-day permit fee is 1/5 the annual registration fee or $40, whichever is greater, plus a $10 service fee.
The owner or owner's representative may apply for the 30-day or 60-day permit at any Secretary of State branch office. Present proof of ownership such as the vehicle's Michigan title or expired plate registration. Proof of Michigan no-fault insurance is required to purchase a 30-day or 60-day permit (except trailers).
For additional information about temporary permits, call the Department of State Information Center at 1-888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).
* Trailers and vehicles requiring a Gross Vehicle Weight plate are eligible for a 30-day or 60-day permit. However, no load may be carried.