Secretary Johnson applauds new 30-day grace period for placing tabs on license plates

Michigan License Plate with message - Time 4 TabMARCH 14, 2018

Motorists can hop online to ExpressSOS.com right up to last minute

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today applauded legislators for passing and Gov. Rick Snyder for signing legislation that gives millions of Michigan motorists a 30-day grace period to affix their tab after renewing their vehicle’s registration.

House Bill 4535, sponsored by Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington, was signed into law yesterday and assigned as Public Act 64 of 2018 today, effective in 90 days.

“Thanks to this new law, if you renew online or by mail at the last minute, you don’t have to worry about getting a ticket for not having received your tab yet,” Johnson said. “The grace period means you can renew from home up to the deadline. So hop online, not in line, to ExpressSOS.com with Print‘N Go technology. It’s painless!”

Motorists who renew online receive a receipt that can be shown to law enforcement officers to prove they have renewed their vehicle registration. Additionally, most law enforcement agencies can verify electronically if the vehicle’s plate has been renewed or is expired.

Johnson testified in support of the legislation in October, telling lawmakers that by enabling more people stay out of busy Secretary of State offices they would provide a great convenience to their constituents.

“I’m grateful to Governor Snyder and members of the Legislature for making it easier for residents to skip the trip to a Secretary of State office and renew their registration online or by mail,” Johnson said.

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