Why would a vehicle or a license plate I no longer own show on my customer file online?
A vehicle you no longer own might be showing on your customer
file if you:
Traded the vehicle in to a dealer and the title has not yet been
Sold the vehicle and the buyer has not yet gone to a Secretary of
State office to have the title transferred into his or her name.
In either case, Michigan law requires that you keep a bill of sale or a
copy of the reassigned title as proof that the vehicle is no longer yours -
or you may be liable for any tickets issued against the vehicle at a later
date. With private vehicle sales, we always recommend that you accompany the
buyer to a Secretary of State office to ensure the title is properly
A license plate that is still registered in your name will show
on your customer file even if it is not on a vehicle. Take care with license
plates you are no longer using. A valid plate may be transferred to another
vehicle that you own. Never give a plate away with a vehicle when you sell
it. If a plate is no longer needed, cut it up and discard it.