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New Michigan Residents
New Michigan residents must immediately title and register their vehicles at
a Secretary of State office and turn in the title from their previous home
state. Titles are required for all motor vehicles and for all trailers
2,500 pounds and over. "Resident" means every person who resides in this state
and establishes that he or she is legally present in the United States.
If your out-of-state title is being held by a lien holder or leasing company,
you may take your previous state registration (it can be recently expired) or
proof of your out-of-state title to any Secretary of State office. Proof of
Michigan no-fault insurance is required to register a vehicle. The
State will issue a Michigan registration and plate to a vehicle with an
If there is more than one owner showing on your out-of-state title, all
owners must be present. If an owner cannot appear, he or she may complete and
sign an Appointment of Agent form designating another individual to sign on his
or her behalf.
NOTE: An owner completing an Appointment of
Agent form must provide a photocopy of their valid driver license or state ID
card to the person they appoint as their agent. This photocopy will be required
at the Secretary of State office.
Michigan passenger plate fees are based on the vehicle's manufacturers
suggested retail price. All Secretary of State offices accept cash, checks,
money orders, Discover and MasterCard at the counter. A nominal 2-percent
processing fee will be charged for credit or debit card use.
When the time comes to renew your license plates, there are
several convenient methods:
online, mail, Self-Service Stations and at Secretary of State offices.
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