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Organization Details

Jocelyn Benson

Michigan Secretary of State

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Mailing Address

430 W. Allegan St.
Richard H. Austin Building - 4th Floor
Lansing, MI 48918

Contact Information

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

888-767-6424

The Department of State is the oldest department within Michigan state government and is administered by the secretary of state. Elected to a four-year term with a maximum of two terms, the secretary of state is a member of the executive branch and has constitutional as well as statutory duties.

The secretary of state is the chief motor vehicle administrator and chief election officer for the state’s 10 million residents and is a voting member of several state boards and commissions, including the State Administrative Board, Governor’s Traffic Safety Advisory Commission and Michigan Truck Safety Commission. In the event of concurrent vacancies in the office of governor and lieutenant governor, including absence from the state, the secretary of state serves as governor.

Michigan is one of two states where the secretary of state has authority over election processes as well as vehicle registrations and the licensing of drivers. Other duties include administration of driver education and traffic safety programs; document certification as Keeper of the Great Seal, which provides the highest level of document certification in the state; and management of the notary public program. The department also maintains the state’s official repository of records, including state and local government records, state statutes and commercial financing statements. Additionally, the department administers the state’s organ donor registry.

The Department of State’s organizational structure includes the Bureau of Elections, Customer Services Administration, Legal Services Administration and several offices administered by the department’s chief of staff.

Bureau of Customer Service

Organization Details

Angela Williams

State Bureau Administrator

Mailing Address

State Secondary Complex
7064 Crowner Dr. - 3rd Floor
Lansing, MI 48918 

Contact Information

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

888-767-6424

The Bureau of Customer Service (BCS) operates all Secretary of State Branch Offices across the state. Among other responsibilities, BCS provides driver’s licensing, vehicle titling and registration, and voter registration services.

Bureau of Elections

Organization Details

Jonathan Brater

Director

Mailing Address

430 W. Allegan St.
Richard H. Austin Building - 1st Floor
Lansing, MI 48918

Contact Information

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

800-292-5973

The Bureau of Elections (BOE) is responsible for overseeing elections and relevant programs in Michigan, including campaign finance and lobbying disclosures. The Bureau oversees county, city, and township clerks, county canvassing boards, and election commissions.

Bureau of Financial Services

Organization Details

Cindy Paradine

Director

Mailing Address

430 W. Allegan St.

Richard H. Austin Building - 4th Floor

Lansing, MI 48918

Contact Information

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

517-241-1387

Legal Services Administration

Organization Details

Mike Brady

Chief Legal Director

Mailing Address

430 W. Allegan St.
Richard H. Austin Building - 4th Floor
Lansing, MI 48918

Contact Information

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Legal Services Administration (LSA) provides legal support to the Department of State and contains the Office of Legal Policy, Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight, and the Office of Investigative Services. LSA also supports the Citizens Redistricting Commission.

Chief of Staff-Administered Offices

Organization Details

Melissa Smiley

Chief of Staff

Mailing Address

430 W. Allegan St.
Richard H. Austin Building - 4th Floor
Lansing, MI 48918 

Contact Information

Hours: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

517-335-3269

Chief of Staff-administered offices include Office of Communications and External Affairs (OCEA), Office of Human Resources (OHR), Office of Information and Security Control (OISC), Office of Continuous Improvement and Transformation (OCIT), and Core Technology Platform Division (CTPD).