Military Personnel and Michigan Residents Temporarily Outside of Michigan

To apply for a vehicle title and registration in Michigan, an Application for Certificate of Title and Registration (TR-11L) must be completed and signed by the purchaser. A Special Mailer of Certificate for Title (TR-114) form should accompany the title application if the title is to be mailed to an address other than that shown on the title application. 

In order for you to apply for a Michigan title and registration, please complete and sign the TR-11L title application form, being certain to include:

  • The vehicle model year, vehicle make, body style, vehicle identification number, and manufacturer base price.
  • The name and address of the purchaser.
  • The name and address of lien holder(s) if applicable.
  • If the vehicle was previously titled, you must submit the properly assigned title along with an itemized bill of sale. Be certain the odometer statement on the back of the previous title is properly completed. If you purchased the vehicle new from a dealer, submit the Manufacturer Statement of Origin and bill of sale from the dealer.
  • Remit 6% sales tax on the purchase price of the vehicle.
  • If the vehicle is already titled in your name in another state, the title is being held by a lien holder, and you wish to only register the vehicle in Michigan, you must submit a copy of the title or current out of state registration in your name. 
  • Proof of Michigan no-fault insurance must be submitted if you are purchasing or renewing a Michigan license plate.
  • Include $15.00 title fee if applying for a Michigan title. If the vehicle title has a lien, the title fee is $16.
  • Registration fees are based on the vehicle's manufacturer base price and the owner's birthday. You may figure your license plate fee using our plate fee calculator. If you need assistance determining your license plate fee, please call 517-636-5872.

A check or money order made payable to the "State of Michigan" for the total amount due must accompany all title and registration applications in order to process your transaction. Please mail your payment and signed application for title and/or registration to:

Michigan Department of State
The Special Services Branch
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918

Related Documents
Application for Michigan Vehicle Title PDF icon
Special Mailer of Certificate for Title (TR-114) PDF icon