Secretary of State
Most of the time, Michigan license plates may be transferred to another vehicle. You may transfer a license plate already in your name at a Secretary of State branch office. If you are purchasing your vehicle from a Michigan licensed dealership, the dealer can transfer the plate for you.
To transfer your plate, you will need to provide:
If you sell your vehicle to a non-relative, remove the license plate. It is yours and you may transfer it to another vehicle you own or purchase. Do not let the new buyer use your plate.
Transfer to family member:
If you sell your vehicle to an immediate family member, you may elect to leave the plate on the vehicle and have it transferred, along with the title, to the new owner's name.
Transfer from existing vehicle:
You may transfer a plate registered in your name to a vehicle titled in your name.
Buying a vehicle from a Michigan dealer:
If you are purchasing a vehicle from a Michigan licensed dealer, the dealer will handle the plate transfer for you.
Branch office appointment:
Present title, registration and your Michigan driver's license to a branch clerk.
The plate transfer fee is $8.
There will be an additional prorated fee if the plate is transferred from a vehicle with a lower Manufactured Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) to a vehicle with a higher MSRP.
Additional fees will be due if you apply for a new title at the same time.