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Tab and plate renewal

How can I renew my vehicle registration, tab, and license plate?

Online

Use Quick Renewal or login to renew

Go to Online Services

Submit payment with your renewal mailer and receive tabs by mail

Check your renewal notice

Self-service station

Renew and print your tabs instantly

Find a self-service station

Office visit

Visit an office if you're unable to renew online, by mail, or at a station

Schedule an office visit

What do I need to renew my tab and plate? (Choose tab below)

To renew your tab and license plate online using Quick Renewal, you will need your:

  • License plate number
  • Last four digits of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Email address
  • Valid debit or credit card or bank account number for payment

After completing your renewal, print your updated vehicle registration directly from your browser under View Transaction Documents. Your renewed tabs will be mailed to your registered address.

To update the address on your vehicle registration, add a mailing address, or order a license plate, create or log in to your online Secretary of State account to renew at the same time.

Go to Online Services

License plate options

To renew your tab and plate by mail, you will need your:
  • Vehicle registration renewal notice
  • A check/money order payable to the State of Michigan

Check your renewal notice to see if you're required to submit a copy of your valid Michigan No-Fault vehicle insurance policy.

  • Mail your renewal notice, payment, and a copy of your insurance policy (if required) to:

Michigan Department of State
Internal Services Section
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918

For your convenience, a pre-addressed return envelope will be included with the renewal notice that's delivered to you.

Renewal Fee Calculator

License plate options

To renew your tab and plate at a self-service station, you will need your: 
  • Renewal notice or license plate number
  • Last four digits of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Valid debit/credit card (additional fees apply) or cash (at specific locations) for payment

    After submitting payment, your tab will instantly print at the station. Your vehicle registration will be mailed to your address.

  • A $3.95 service fee will be charged for each self-service station transaction.

Find a self-service station

License plate options

If you're required to provide proof of your valid Michigan No-Fault vehicle insurance policy or cannot otherwise renew your tab and license plate online, by mail, or at a self-service station, you can do so at any Secretary of State office.

To renew your vehicle license plate and tab at an office, you will need your:

  • Renewal notice, current vehicle registration or license plate number
  • Michigan driver's license
  • Proof of Michigan No-Fault insurance (if required)
  • Cash, check, money order, or a debit or credit card (additional fees will apply for debit or credit card use)

Schedule an office visit

License plate options

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

  • Early: You can renew your registration, tab and license plate up to six months in advance of their expiration.

    Expiration date: In most cases, your tab and license plate will expire on your birthday. If your birthday falls on the weekend or a legal holiday, you have until the next business day to renew your tab and plate without penalty.

    After expiration (additional fees apply): If you don't renew your registration, tab and plate on time, you will be charged an added $10 fee and risk being ticketed or fined by law enforcement for driving on expired registration.

  • If it's been more than 30 days since you renewed, create or log into your online Secretary of State account or contact the Michigan Department of State to verify the address on your vehicle registration.

    If your address is incorrect, you can update it and order a new set of tabs for $5 online, at a Secretary of State office, or by calling our department. If your address is correct and it's been more than 30 days since you renewed, request a set of replacement tabs by calling our department or visiting a Secretary of State office. If you renewed by mail, track processing of your renewal by monitoring the account from which you submitted payment by check or money order. Once payment has been withdrawn, your renewal has been processed.

    Upon renewing your tab and license plate, your vehicle registration will be updated automatically in the state record system, which can also be accessed by law enforcement.

  • Yes, per state law, it's required to provide proof of a valid Michigan No-Fault insurance policy to register or renew a vehicle in Michigan. Some vehicle insurance can be verified using the state electronic insurance verification (EIV) program, and therefore, don't require proof of insurance to be mailed or presented at a Secretary of State office.

    If your insurance provider doesn't participate in EIV, you won't be able to renew your tab and plate online or at a self-service station. Your renewal mailer will indicate whether you'll need to provide a copy of your Michigan No-Fault insurance by mail or at a Secretary of State office when you renew your vehicle.

    Proof of valid insurance is also required to register or renew a motorcycle, however, it doesn't need to be a Michigan No-Fault vehicle insurance policy.

  • Our department is not able to reproduce a renewal notice after one has been sent, however, you don't need it to renew your tabs by mail. To do so, submit the following information to our department in writing before your credential expires:

    • First, middle, and last name
    • Michigan driver’s license/ID number
    • License plate number
    • Permanent address and alternative mailing address, if applicable
    • Phone number
    • A money order or check made out to the State of Michigan for your renewal fee

    To determine how much you owe for your renewal, use the Renewal Fee Calculator through Online Services. Mail your information, payment, and proof of your valid Michigan No-Fault vehicle insurance policy (if applicable) to the following address: Michigan Department of State Internal Services Section 7064 Crowner Drive Lansing, MI 48918

    Make sure to submit your renewal before your vehicle registration tab and license plate expire. It's recommended that you do so at least two weeks before your birthday to avoid potential mailing delays.

  • Yes, you may renew your vehicle registration by mail or online while out of state. Please note, it's still required by law to have a valid Michigan No-Fault insurance policy on your vehicle to maintain and renew your Michigan registration and plate.

    You can also renew up to renewed up to six months early. Renewing early is strongly recommended if you expect to be out-of-state when your registration tab and plate expire on your birthday.


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