Secretary of State
Renewing your vehicle plate and registration (also referred to as renewing your tabs) is an annual requirement in Michigan. Typically, a plate will expire on the vehicle owner’s birthday. The Secretary of State usually mails a renewal notice 45 days prior to this date, so vehicle owners can choose to renew online, by mail, by self-service station or in a branch office. You can renew a plate up to 6 months early. Follow the instructions below to begin the vehicle plate and registration renewal process.
To complete this service, you must meet certain eligibility requirements.
You must . . .
You will need the plate number of the vehicle you wish to renew and a credit card or branded debit card.
Please note: If your insurance carrier does not participate in Electronic Insurance Verification (EIV), you will not be able to renew online or on a self-service station.
You will need . . .
Please note: If your insurance carrier does not participate in Electronic Verification (EIV), you will not be able to renew online or on a self-service station.
This option is only available when renewing.
Locate the renewal notice that the Secretary of State mailed to you. Follow the steps outlined in the renewal notice and return via mail.
After renewing, place the new vehicle registration tab on your license plate. Tab placement will vary according to plate type.
Fees vary by vehicle type and weight. If renewing online or via self-service station, the fees will be outlined at the time of purchase. The renewal notice lists the fee associated with renewal.
If you do not have your renewal notice, you may use the renewal fee calculator to compute your fee.