Michigan car registration

General RequirementsCar-Registration

You must register a car in your name for the first time if you recently:
* Bought a car
* Moved to the state
* Received a vehicle as a gift or inhertiance
While you must title your car within 15 days of purchase, there is no limit on registering your new car. If you just moved to the state, you must register your car immediately.

Get InsuranceCar-Registration

Insurance is mandatory. In order to register, you must show proof of Michigan no-fault insurance. Out-of-state policies are not acceptable.

Prepare the PaperworkCar-Registration

If you bought a car from a dealership, the dealer will take care of the paperwork for you.
If you bought a car from a private party or just moved to the state, registration is your responsibility. You must bring:
* Proof of Michigan no-fault insurance
* Title
* Identification
Note: Emissions tests are not required.

Calculate the FeesCar-Registration

The Secretary of State (SOS) office bases registration fees on the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the vehicle when you first titled it. Cars from 1984 or earlier instead pay fees based on vehicle weight. To find out your fees specifically, call the Record Information Unit at (888) 767-6424 or visit an SOS branch.

Go to the SOSCar-Registration

Bring your paperwork and fees to any SOS branch office to register your car. You will need to purchase new plates if you have a new car or a car with out-of-state plates. You also have the choice or ordering specialty plates.

Affix Your TabsCar-Registration

Affix your registration tabs to the rear license plate according to the instructions. Usually the tabs for passenger vehicles go in the upper right corner of the plate.

Get a Tax DeductionCar-Registration

Fees based on the value of your car are generally tax-deductible. The SOS recommends consulting your accountant or tax attorney for advice.

Safely Get on Your WayCar-Registration

Now that you’ve registered your car, consider taking a few extra preparations in case of emergency. Signing up with a roadside assistance program will guarantee you repair aid no matter where you break down/ An after-market auto warranty will help ease the cost of major repairs. Be sure you’ve found a reliable mechanic who can help you keep your car in good running condition.

There are several accessories worth investing in, as well. A hands-free headset will allow you to keep your hands on the wheel if you have to take a call, and a car emergency kit will keep you prepared with first aid supplies in your trunk. If your transport kids, be sure to have one of the latest child safety seats.