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Michigan SOS Resource Links & FAQs

Here you’ll find everything you need to prepare for your tests and tasks with the Michigan SOS.

Driver’s license and vehicle tasks are completed with the Secretary of State. The official website for the Michigan SOS is:

Online Services at the Michigan SOS

If you can avoid a trip to your local SOS office, you’re in luck. The Michigan SOS offers the following services online:

  • Renew your plates.
  • Order new plates.
  • Get a duplicate registration or title.
  • Renew your license.
  • Replace a license.
  • Change your address.

Visit,4670,7-127-1640_14837-380898–,00.html to set up an online account and complete your driver’s license and vehicle tasks online.

Michigan Driver’s Licenses & Learner’s Permits is designed to help you prepare for and pass your DMV written tests – all for free!

We want you to focus on studying and being a safe driver. We don’t think you should pay extra for this.

Michigan SOS Practice Tests

Michigan SOS Permit Practice Test

Road Signs & Traffic Signals Practice Test

Free Michigan SOS Cheat Sheets & Study Guides (Including Free PDF Print-Outs)

We also provide overviews of the steps you’ll need to take at the SOS, so you can be better prepared and know what to expect when it comes time to make a visit to your local office or complete a task online or through the mail. You’ll also find tips and guides designed to help make you the most knowledgeable driver and vehicle owner as possible.

How to Get a Driver’s License in Michigan

Driver’s Education in Michigan

REAL ID Identification Requirements at the DMV

Driver’s License for Undocumented Immigrants

Driving Safety Topics: Distracted Driving, Defensive Driving, DUI, Seat Belt Laws, and More!

Michigan Motorcycle License & CDL

Are you interested in obtaining other types of driver’s licenses and endorsements in Michigan? has you covered!

Michigan Motorcycle License Practice Tests & Application Requirements

Michigan Motorcycle Written Exam Simulation

Free CDL Practice Tests & Guides

Michigan Car Registration & Title

After you get your driver’s license, you’re going to need something to drive, right? We’ve got the information you’ll need to get started.

Michigan Car Registration & Title Information

Smog Check & Vehicle Inspection Requirements

Car Insurance Requirements

Vehicle History Reports

Free Bill of Sale Form

Michigan License & Registration FAQs

What documents do I need to get a Michigan driver’s license?

You’ll need to provide the SOS with proof of your name, age, residency, and Social Security Number.

How do I renew my driver’s license in Michigan?

You can renew your license online, by mail, or in person at the SOS office.

How long do I have to renew my Michigan driver’s license after it expires?

You must renew your license before it expires. If you are out of state and are unable to renew, you can apply for a temporary extension permit that lasts 180 days.

Do I need a new driver’s license when I move to Michigan?

Yes, you’ll need to get a Michigan license when you become a resident of the state.

When will I receive my Michigan driver’s license after renewing or replacing it?

Your new license should arrive within a few weeks.

Can I get a copy of my Michigan registration online?

Yes, you can.

How do I renew my car registration in Michigan?

You can renew online, through the mail, or in person at your local branch office.

Can I renew my car registration online in Michigan?

Yes, you can.

What happens if my Michigan car registration is expired?

You may be charged a late fee.

When will I receive my Michigan car registration and license plate stickers/tabs after I renew or replace them?

You should receive your registration documents and stickers within a few weeks.

How much of my Michigan car registration is tax deductible?

You can deduct your car registration fees from your federal income taxes if a portion of your registration is based on the vehicle’s value. Refer to your registration documents for details.

Do I need to register my vehicle when moving to Michigan?

Yes, you’ll need to transfer your out-of-state registration and title at your local SOS branch.

Michigan SOS Office Locations & Appointments

Sometimes there’s nothing you can do to avoid a trip to the SOS.

Use the Michigan office finder to locate SOS offices near you:,4670,7-127-1640_14837-34560–,00.html

Here you’ll be able to find:

  • Addresses and directions.
  • DMV Office Hours.
  • Holiday and Weekend Schedules.
  • Acceptable forms of payment.
  • Current wait times, if available.

Remember, if you do have to visit the Michigan SOS, it’s always a good idea to make an appointment. This can help reduce the time you’ll need to spend there.

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