GRAND RAPIDS — The Michigan Secretary of State office is teaming up with Meijer to offer self-service stations for vehicle plate renewals at many stores, allowing customers to get their tabs in minutes while shopping and to skip a trip to often crowded SOS office branches.
The announcement was made by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who said that 28 easy-to-use self-service stations have been placed in Meijer stores across Michigan, allowing customers to renew their vehicle plate and registration in minutes. More Meijer locations will be getting the stations in the weeks ahead.
“Meijer stores are a favorite shopping spot for many Michiganders, and now many of them will also be a place where you can complete Secretary of State transactions, such as renewing your tabs,” Benson said. “We’re very pleased to partner with Meijer to bring this convenience to our mutual customers.”
Eligible vehicles can be renewed with only the plate number and the last four digits of the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
The stations will offer renewals for automobiles, motorcycles and watercraft. The kiosks are able to print tabs for auto and motorcycles while watercraft tabs are mailed to customers.
Self-service stations have been installed at Meijer stores in the following cities: Auburn Hills, Battle Creek (two locations), Belleville, Big Rapids, Cadillac, Chesterfield, Clinton Township, Commerce Township, Detroit, Escanaba, Fraser, Gaylord, Grand Rapids, Greenville, Kalamazoo, Lincoln Park, Ludington, Madison Heights, Marysville, Mount Pleasant, Muskegon, Portage, Rochester Hills, Roseville, Shelby Township and Southfield.
“We are pleased to partner with the Secretary of State on this initiative, as these new kiosks provide a great opportunity for our customers to enjoy another level of the one-stop shopping experience our stores offer,” said Vik Srinivasan, senior vice president of properties and real estate for Meijer. “The ability to check an extra errand off their list during a shopping trip will allow our customers to gain more time in their busy days.
The new stations will offer transactions in English, Spanish and Arabic. Customers pay a $3.95 technology service fee and transactions usually take less than two minutes.
Most of the new machines accept cash, as well as American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards.
For an up-to-date listing of all of the locations statewide with the new self-service stations, visit Michigan.gov/SOSSelfService. Many of the kiosks are available to customers 24/7.