Fees for License Plates, Registrations and Titles

Fees for License Plates, Registrations and Titles


This page contains commonly requested information regarding vehicle registration and title fees. The information provides an overview and does not cover every affected transaction.

Please contact the Department of State Information Center at 1-888-SOS-MICH (1-888-767-6424) with any questions.

Vehicle Registrations

For model years 1984 and newer, the vehicle registration is based on the manufacturer's suggested retail (or base) price (ad valorem). Registrations for models 1983 or older are based on the vehicle's weight.


Vehicle Registration Renewals

The full 12-month registration fee is due even if the plate has expired. If a vehicle registration is expired longer than six months, a 24-month renewal fee is charged, extending the registration until the following expiration date.

License plates that are at least 10 years old must be replaced when renewed or renewed/transferred. A $5 plate replacement fee is due in addition to the renewal fee. Veteran plates, Gold Star plates, fundraising plates (university and special cause), and special organization plates are exempt. 
Due to the discontinuation of the Spectacular Peninsulas plate, current Spectacular Peninsulas plates requiring to be replaced and renewed through the mail or self service kiosk will be replaced with the Mackinac Bridge plate. 
 

Please note: If a license plate expires on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the expiration date is extended to the next business day before a $10 late fee is assessed.

 

Vehicle Registration - Other Fees

Fee

Vehicle registration renewal late fee
Charged for a vehicle registration renewed after expiration date

$10

Vehicle registration transfer
($10 and $5 standalone transaction fee)

$15

 

Vehicle Title Fees

Fee

Vehicle title

$15

Instant title
Instant title service is available at all Secretary of State branch offices for certain vehicle transactions.

Expeditious title service is available at all Secretary of State branch offices for most vehicle transactions.

$20

Vehicle title late fee

$15

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle fee (empty weight 8,000 pounds or less)
(Hybrid fee $30 + hybrid gas tax fee $17)

$47

Plug-in hybrid electric vehicle fee (empty weight more than 8,000 pounds)
(Hybrid fee $100 + hybrid gas tax fee $17)

$117

Electric vehicle registration fee (empty weight of 8,000 pounds or less)
(Electric fee $100 + electric gas tax fee $35.00)

$135

Electric vehicle registration fee (empty weight of more than 8,000 pounds)
(Electric fee $100 + electric gas tax fee $35.00)

$235

Salvage title

$15

Scrap title

$20

Adding/removing a lien

$1

 

Temporary Registration Permits

Fee

The 30-day permit fee is one-tenth (1/10) of the annual registration fee or $20, whichever is greater, plus a $10 service fee.

Varies

The 60-day permit fee is one-fifth (1/5) of the annual registration fee or $40, whichever is greater, plus a $10 service fee.

Varies

 

License Plate Fees

Fee

Standard license plate

Standard registration fee only

Standard license plate replacement

If a vehicle owner chooses to replace a specialty plate with the standard plate

$5

Mackinac Bridge license plate

The $5 fee is also due if an owner elects to replace a standard plate or specialty plate with a Mackinac Bridge plate.

$5 plus standard registration fee

Water-Winter Wonderland license plate

The $5 fee is also due if an owner elects to replace a standard plate or specialty plate with a Water-Winter Wonderland plate.

$5 plus standard registration fee

Replacement license plate and tab

$5

Replacement tab only

$5

Vehicle registration - duplicate

No fee

University license plate

$35 plus standard registration fee

University license plate renewal fee

$10 plus standard registration fee

Special Cause license plate

$35 plus standard registration fee

Special Cause license plate renewal fee

$10 plus standard registration fee

Patriotic license plate

$35 plus standard registration fee

Patriotic license plate renewal fee

$10 plus standard registration fee

Personalized license plate

$30 for 12 months or prorated plus standard registration fee

$30 plus standard registration fee

Personalized license plate renewal fee

 

$15 plus standard registration fee

Disability license plate

No additional charge, standard registration fee only

Standard registration fee only

 

Recreational Vehicles and Watercraft Fees

Fee

Snowmobile registration - original and renewal (3-year decal)

$30

Snowmobile registration (historic) - original (non-expiring decal)

$50

Snowmobile decal - replacement

$5

Snowmobile registration - duplicate

$5

Moped registration - original and renewal (3-year decal)

$15

Moped registration - transfer

$10 plus renewal fee, if any

Moped decal - replacement

$2

Moped registration - duplicate

$2

Off-road vehicle title

$11

Watercraft title

$5

Watercraft instant title
Instant title service is available at all Secretary of State branch offices for certain vehicle transactions.

Expeditious title service is available at all Secretary of State branch offices for most vehicle transactions.

$10

Watercraft transfer
$2 plus 1- 2- or 3-year renewal fee, if any

$2 plus renewal fee, if any

Watercraft decal - replacement

$2

Watercraft registration - duplicate

$2

Non-motorized sailboats - original and 3-year renewal

$9

Non-motorized canoes and kayaks used commercially - original and 3-year renewal

$5

Motorboats less than 12 feet and motorized canoes (all sizes) - original and 3-year renewal

$14

Motorboats 12 feet or more but less than 16 feet - original and 3-year renewal

$17

Motorboats 16 feet or more but less than 21 feet - original and 3-year renewal

$42

Motorboats 21 feet or more but less than 28 feet - original and 3-year renewal

$115

Motorboats 28 feet or more but less than 35 feet - original and 3-year renewal

$168

Motorboats 35 feet or more but less than 42 feet - original and 3-year renewal

$244

Motorboats 42 feet or more but less than 50 feet - original and 3-year renewal

$280

Motorboats 50 feet or more - original and 3-year renewal

$448

Pontoon boats (regardless of size) - original and 3-year renewal

$23

Commercial fishing vessels licensed in Michigan (no sport trollers) - original and 3-year renewal

$15

 

 

Trailer and Trailer Coach Plate Fees
Trailers and trailer coaches are registered with a permanent, non-expiring trailer plate based on the unit's weight. Trailer plates are non-transferable. 

Fee

Trailers and trailer coaches - 0 to 2,499 pounds

$75

Trailers and trailer coaches - 2,500 to 9,999 pounds

$200

Trailers and trailer coaches - 10,000 pounds or more

$300

Trailer plate - replacement

$5

Trailer or trailer coach title

$15

 

Other Title Fees

Fee

Mobile home title

$90

Mobile home title - correction

$15

Mobile home title - duplicate

$15

Mobile home - affidavit of affixture

$90

Mobile home - affidavit of detachment

No fee