Secretary of State
It is best if you and your relative can go to a Secretary of State office to complete the title transfer. If you are picking the vehicle up, you do not need a license plate to drive it directly home. Never use a plate from another vehicle as a substitute.
If you do not complete the title transfer with the seller at a Secretary of State office, you have 15 days from the date of sale to transfer the title into your name. You will pay a title transfer fee, and a use tax may be due if your relationship to the seller does not qualify for an exemption. You will need to bring:
If the vehicle's owner is deceased, the requirements to transfer the title and registration may vary depending on the circumstances including vehicle inheritance. Contact the Department of State at (888) SOS-MICH; (767-6424) for precise information about your situation before going to a Secretary of State office.
You may transfer a license plate from a vehicle you already own to your new one. If you need to buy a plate, several attractive options are offered. Disability and personalized plates are also available.
The Secretary of State's office will issue you, your registration, license plate and tab. Put your plate immediately on your vehicle. Place your tab on your plate as shown on the form that comes with it.