In Michigan, it is a legal requirement for all motor vehicles, including cars and trailers, to have valid license plates displayed on the vehicle. License plates serve as a way to identify and track vehicles, and are an important tool for law enforcement agencies in identifying and apprehending individuals involved in criminal activities. Additionally, license plates serve as proof that the vehicle is registered with the state and has met the necessary requirements for operation on public roads, such as having valid insurance coverage. Failing to display a valid license plate on a vehicle in Michigan can result in fines and other penalties.
To obtain a license plate in Michigan, follow these steps:
- Register your vehicle: You must first register your vehicle with the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) by submitting the necessary documents such as a title, proof of insurance, and payment for registration fees.
- Choose your license plate category: Select the type of license plate you want, such as a standard plate, personalized plate, or specialized plate.
- Provide necessary information: Depending on the category of license plate you choose, you may be required to provide additional information or documentation, such as proof of eligibility for a specialized plate or your desired combination of letters and numbers for a personalized plate.
- Pay the necessary fees: License plate fees vary depending on the type of plate and your vehicle’s weight. You can pay the fees in person at a SOS office, by mail, or online.
- Receive your license plate: Once you have completed the registration and paid the necessary fees, the SOS will issue you a license plate for your vehicle. You will typically receive a temporary plate that can be used until your permanent plate arrives by mail.
It is important to note that some categories of license plates may have additional requirements or fees associated with them. It is recommended to check with the SOS for specific details on the category of license plate you are interested in.
Applicants should visit any Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) Office between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The SOS offices are open to the public between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays. An applicant should schedule a visit or walk in to submit all the required documentation and fees. They can call the Department of State Information Center at (888) 767-6424 for further inquiries on how to get a license plate in Michigan.