Senate: Extend lapsed licenses, plates; keep walk-in option

Jun 11, 2021

LANSING, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Senate has voted to give drivers more time to renew an expired license and vehicle registration during the coronavirus pandemic.

It's also voted to pressure Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to restore people’s ability to visit branches without an appointment. The bills won approval Thursday from all 19 Republicans in the majority and six Democrats. They now go to the House.

Benson is a Democrat who opposes a return to the take-a-number system. She is adding 350,000 appointments to help address a backlog caused by a 13-month grace period for expired license plates and driver's licenses during the pandemic.