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Senate approves bills extend driver’s license renewal

On Thursday, the Michigan Senate approved legislation to extend the expiration date of Michigan driver’s licenses and personal identification cards and waive COVID-19 related fines.

It’s unfair for Michiganders to be getting $200 tickets for expired plates or licenses because the current secretary of state’s office only allows service by appointment. Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson needs to reopen branch offices for walk-in service and restore options to customers.

Senate Bill 508 would extend the expiration of enhanced licenses and state ID cards until Sept. 30. The move would be retroactive to April 1. Senate Bill 507 would make the same extension to driver’s licenses and vehicle registrations and Senate Bill 509 would apply the extension to standard state ID cards.

Secretary of State Benson has recently announced that more appointments will be available to residents. Wait times for appointments are still unacceptable. The soonest availability for a driver license renewal at the Bad Axe Secretary of State Branch Office is over a month.

The bills will now go to the House of Representatives for further consideration.