License Reminders for MI Snowbirds

Before heading south for winter, the Secretary of State is reminding snowbirds to check their driver’s licenses and vehicle registration.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says residents heading south for the winter should renew driver’s licenses and plates before leaving Michigan.

“Enjoy your time traveling in warmer climates without having to worry about your license or plate expiring,” Johnson said. “I encourage snowbirds to check their license and plate expiration dates now to avoid late fees or tickets down the road.”

People can renew plates for individually owned or leased cars, pickup trucks, vans and motorcycles up to six months before they expire. They can renew early online at or at a Secretary of State office even if they have not received their renewal information in the mail. License plate tabs will arrive by mail within seven business days. Company-owned passenger plates cannot be renewed early.

Driver’s licenses and ID cards can be renewed up to a year in advance.

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Customers also may call the Department of State Information Center to speak to a customer service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).