License Plate Tabs
License plates receive a tab showing both the month and year of expiration. The tab also shows the plate number for which it was issued. Individually-owned passenger vehicles, light trucks, and motorcycles expire on the owner's birthday in the month shown.
For standard plates, Spectacular Peninsulas plates, Great Lakes Splendor plates, Mackinac Bridge plates, fundraising plates, and Auto Centennial plates, the tab is placed on the upper-right corner of the plate.
The tab is placed in the lower-right corner of motorcycle plates.
If your tab is lost, stolen, or mutilated and you still have the valid license plate, you can get a new tab at a Secretary of State branch office. Bring your registration or plate number.
You may also get a new tab online at ExpressSOS by going to ‘Vehicle Services’ and then ‘More Online Services’ to log into your account and purchase a new tab. Please allow for 14 days for mailing if purchasing online.
Replacement tabs cost $5. There is no fee to replace a tab returned as defective at a Secretary of State branch office.
NOTE: The Michigan Vehicle Code now provides a 30-day grace period to affix a license plate tab when a license plate is renewed (MCL 257.255). Be sure to carry proof of your renewed registration in the vehicle – either a paper copy or an electronic copy on a smart phone, tablet, or other device.