Secretary of State
FEBRUARY 4, 2014
Visitors can sign up for new "It's time to get your tabs!" email, text reminders
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The 2014 Michigan International Auto Show at DeVos Place will offer visitors the opportunity to sign up for license plate tab renewal reminders and notices of upcoming elections, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson announced today.
"We all lead busy lives and some customers don't remember they have to get tabs until the last minute," Johnson said. "There are better ways to spend your birthday. With our new service, we can remind customers a few weeks before their tabs are set to expire that it's time to renew. We're also offering reminders about upcoming elections."
Customers must sign up for the reminders. They can do so at the Secretary of State's Mobile Office at the Michigan International Auto Show or by visiting the department's website at www.Michigan.gov/sos. Just click on the red envelope at the bottom left on the home page.
The Michigan International Auto Show, 303 Monroe Ave. N.W. in Grand Rapids, is presented by the Grand Rapids New Car Dealers Association. It will feature more than 300 new sedans, trucks, SUVs, hybrids and sports cars. It begins Thursday and runs through Feb. 9.
"This year much of the conversation in the auto industry is focused on features, convenience and integrated technology," said Dawn Baker, event spokeswoman. "The Mobile SOS Office is bringing that same focus to the Michigan International Auto Show and we are thrilled to have them with us."
Customers visiting the full-service Secretary of State booth, located near the Ford display, will also be able to change their address, update their voter registration, renew or replace their driver's license or state ID card or order a replacement vehicle title. The Mobile Office hours are:
At the booth, customers can also learn about the MI-TIME Line system, which will be available in the coming weeks at the Grand Rapids Area SUPER!Center. MI-TIME Line reduces wait times by letting customers schedule appointments and hold a place in line remotely, using their computer or phone. Customers can then stay home or run errands while they "wait" in line. The system will them call or text message users to let them know their turn is coming up.
Johnson, area civic leaders and local automotive dealers will also attend the 2014 Auto Show Charity Spectacular on Wednesday evening. The event, which allows guests to preview the latest vehicles, raises money to benefit the Helen DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids.
MI-TIME Line is the latest in steps Johnson has taken to improve customer service. She expanded online services with the launch of ExpressSOS.com, which offers the department's most popular services. ExpressSOS.com also includes Print-N-Go, which allows customers to purchase tabs online, print off a proof-of-purchase and carry that until their tabs arrive in the mail.
For more information about branch office locations, hours and services, visit www.Michigan.gov/sos. Sign up for the official Secretary of State Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/MichSoS and Facebook updates at www.facebook.com/MichiganSoS.
Customers also may call the Department of State Information Center to speak to a customer service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).
For media questions, please call Gisgie Dávila Gendreau at 517-373-2520.