You have extra time to renew your license if expired during the pandemic

    State of Michigan
    Updated, 4:34 p.m. with corrected information from Whitmer’s office

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed a set of bills that further extend the renewal dates for driver’s licenses, CDLs, state ID cards and vehicle registrations.

    Among the extensions outlined in the legislation, those with driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations expiring after March 1* would have until Sept. 30 to have them renewed. The measure is designed to aid people amid the COVID-19 crisis.

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gives an update on COVID-19 | Gov. Whitmer office photo

    “These bills will give Michigan residents peace of mind and reduce the amount of person to person interaction necessary when renewing licenses and registrations,” Whitmer said.

    SB 876, 877 and 878 were sponsored by state Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City). Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said the extension will help to ensure that essential transactions can be conducted in our branch offices in a way that “balances the health of staff and customers with the needs of Michigan drivers.”

    “We have been continually assessing the safest way to maintain branch operations and this legislation will go a long way toward those efforts,” Benson said.  

    Many transactions, including vehicle registration renewals, do not need to be conducted in person, according to Benson. They can also be completed online here.

    Automobile, motorcycle and watercraft registration renewals also can be completed at one of the 122 self-service stations located around the state. Residents needing to schedule an appointment can do so online or by calling 888-SOS-MICH. 

    Ken Coleman
    Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.