Auto Licenses, Registration, and State Park “Recreation Passport” MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATE (Department of State)
Lansing 48918-0001 Information Center: (888) 767-6424 website: www.michigan.gov/sos You must apply for a Michigan driver’s license as well as title and register all motor vehicles immediately upon moving to this state. Michigan no-fault insurance must be purchased before registering a vehicle. Documents and license plates are secured through any Michigan Secretary of State branch office. In some communities you may complete certain transactions at a police or sheriff office. If you are 18 or older you must meet certain requirements before a Michigan driver’s license can be issued. 1. Four forms of documentation are required. You must have proof of identity, residency, social security number and legal presence. 2. Pass a vision test and meet physical and mental standards set by the Secretary of State’s office. 3. Pass a written and driving skills test if a new driver. 4. Pay the license fee. Driver licenses cost $25 for an operator and $35 for a chauffeur license. 5. Complete a minimum of 30 days of practice driving on a temporary instruction permit (TIP). 6. Pass a road skills test. The road skills test will be administered by an independent testing agency approved by the Secretary of State. A person with a valid out-of-state driver license may have the road skills test, knowledge test, and 30-day practice requirements waived. The Secretary of State will contact your previous home state to obtain your driver record, which then becomes part of your Michigan driver record. The “Recreation Passport” is the State Parks entry permit and may be purchased for $12.00 (annual fee renewable with license tab). The fee is $17.00 when purchased without license plate tabs or at the park.
Metro Detroit Secretary of State Offices
Please note all offices have the same phone number – (888) 767-6424. Log on to www.michigansos.state.mi.us for continual updates. WAYNE COUNTY Belleville 164 E. Columbia, 48111 Brownstown 18412 Telegraph Rd., 48174 Canton 8565 N. Lilley 48187 Dearborn 5094 Schaefer, 48126 Detroit 2835 Bagley, 48216 Detroit East 14634 Mack Avenue, 48215 Detroit Livernois 17500 Livernois, 48221 Detroit – New Center 3046 W. Grand Blvd. 48202 Detroit – Northwest 20220 W. Seven Mile, 48219 Hamtramck 9001 Joseph Campau, 48212 Hazel Park 20809 Dequindre Rd, 48030 Inkster 26603 Michigan Ave., 48141 Livonia 17176 Farmington Rd., 48152 Redford 25700 Joy Road, 48239 Taylor 21572 Ecorse Rd., 48180 Trenton 3040 Van Horn, 48183 Westland 6090 N. Wayne Road, 48185 LIVINGSTON COUNTY Howell 1448 Lawson, 48843 GENESEE COUNTY Davison 300 N. Main, 48423 Flint 5512 Fenton Rd., 48507 Flint Downtown 408 S. Saginaw, 48502 North Genesee 4256 W. Vienna Rd. Clio 48420
MACOMB COUNTY Chesterfield 51305 Gratiot, 48051 Clinton Township 37015 S. Gratiot, 48036 Romeo 71130 Van Dyke, 48065 Shelby Township 50640 Schoenherr, 48315 Eastpointe 18809 E. 9 Mile Rd., 48021 Sterling Heights 7917 19 Miles, 48314 Warren 11533 E. 12 Mile, 48093 OAKLAND COUNTY Clarkston 7090 Sashabaw Rd., 48348 Highland 672 N. Milford Rd., 48357 Novi 31164 Beck Rd., 48377 Oak Park 13401 W. 10 Mile, 48237 Pontiac 1270 Pontiac Rd., 48340 Rochester Hills 2250 Crooks Rd, 48309 Southfield Telex Plaza, 25263 Telegraph, 48033 Troy 1111 E. Long Lake, 48085 West Bloomfield 4297 Orchard Lake Rd, 48323 WASHTENAW COUNTY Ann Arbor 295 N. Maple Road, 48103 Chelsea 1113 M-52 48118 Ypsilanti 4675 Washtenaw Ave., Ann Arbor 48108
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Michigan Department of Transportation www.michigan.gov/mdot This website includes state and county maps, detailed maps of metro Detroit, city/county locator, city to city distance/time calculator, rest area/and welcome center locations, up to date construction maps, historic landmarks and scenic turnouts, state beaches, campgrounds, memorial highways, roadside parks and turnouts. Check with individual chambers or city offices for local road maps. www.MapQuest.com or www.google.com details directions for any specific route door-to-door.
Refer to the list of hospitals in the Health Care section.
U.S. Department of State www.travel.state.gov (877) 487-2770 A complete list of local metro Detroit passport acceptance facilities can be located by zip code. This includes post office, city hall and library locations. The fee structure for all types of passports including expedited services can be viewed on this site. Detroit Passport Agency (877) 487-2778 Appointment Required 211 W. Fort St., Detroit 48226 Expedited service center for international travel and obtaining visas quickly.
Public School Registration
The State of Michigan requires that a child be age 5 by September 1st in order to enter the school system. (Waiver available for children with birthdays between September 2 and December 1.) Education is compulsory between the ages of 6 and 18. Proof of inoculations are required for DTP, measles and polio. Exceptions apply to students who present a physician’s certificate of exemption or waiver, or to those who provide a statement of exemption for religious reasons. A new enrollee or transferee will register at the school to be attended. A list of school districts appears in the Education Section.
Pet Adoption & Licensing
Most communities will require that pet dogs be licensed and that some form of animal restraint be used. Since there are variations in costs and registration dates, please call municipal government offices for detailed instructions.
Michigan Humane Society www.michiganhumane.org Detroit, Rochester Hills, Howell and Westland offer adoption, animal surrender and veterinary services. There are adoption services off-site at various Petco, Premier Pet Supply and Petsmart locations. Log on for detailed information.
Michigan Human Society is now offering FREE pets to veterans and active soldiers!
Detroit Dog Rescue P.O. Box 806119, St. Clair Shores 48080 (313) 458-8014 • detroitdogrescue.com Adopt or foster a great dog from this no kill shelter! Log on for pictures, applications, or information about how you can help.
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