Before you shop, hop online to

Cake with writing: Happy Birthday Hop OnlineNOVEMBER 20, 2017

On Cyber Monday, remember you can skip the trip to an SOS office

As the holiday shopping season gets underway this week, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson reminds you to give yourself the gift of time.

“Many Michigan residents don’t need to visit a Secretary of State office each year,” Johnson said. “Several of our most common transactions can be done online at without leaving home, saving you time you can use on more enjoyable activities.”

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday approaching, when many residents shop for online deals, Johnson urges residents to quickly renew their tabs or driver’s license while they’re at it. “Before you shop, hop online to with Print’N Go. It’s painless,” she said.

Johnson also reminded Michigan residents that the last place they should be on their birthday is a Secretary of State office.  Plate renewals and many license renewals can be done by simply hopping online anytime from six months early right up until the last minute of their birthday and even afterward. Plus, most customers can renew through the mail or at more than 80 Self-Service Stations across the state.

To help drive home that point, Johnson has unleashed another kangaroo-themed video.

Hoppy Birthday Video

Hoppy Birthday” is a follow-up to the original video, which was launched this year featuring Johnson and a kangaroo who raps about the ease and convenience of renewing your tabs online. Versions of it, including this 30-second clip, were viewed more than 100,000 times online and hundreds of thousands more times on cable television and newscasts.

Johnson said she has named her kangaroo co-star Mi-Roo, based on several entries submitted by residents as part of a naming contest held by the Secretary of State’s Office. The winners appear in another new promotional video for the convenience of

Promotional Video Capture - people holding license plate

Residents have completed more than 11.5 million timesaving transactions on since the site was introduced in 2011.


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