SOS late fees during polar vortex frozen, office hours extended

    State of Michigan

    Those who were supposed to have renewed their driver license, vehicle registration or license plates during record-breaking cold weather this week are getting a break.

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office will be waiving all late fees during the days state government offices were closed: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, according to her office.

    People will also have more time on Friday and early next week to take care of Secretary of State business, with normal hours extended.

    Capitol Building, Jan. 28, 2019 | Michael Gerstein

    Secretary of State SUPER!Centers in Clinton Township, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Livonia and Pontiac will be open until 3 p.m. on Saturday to make up for closures during the polar vortex.

    All office locations will be open until 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and the Department of State Information Center will also host extended hours on Monday and Tuesday, according to Benson’s office.

    Extra staff will be on site to help with the potentially increased volume of people seeking services.

    Michael Gerstein
    Michael Gerstein covers the governor’s office, criminal justice and the environment. Before that, he wrote about state government and politics for the Detroit News, the Associated Press and MIRS News and won a Society of Professional Journalism award for open government reporting. He studied philosophy at Michigan State University, where he wrote for both The State News and Capital News Service. He began his journalism career freelancing for The Sturgis Journal, his hometown paper.


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