(WXYZ) — New legislation would grant the Michigan Secretary of State the option to extend the expiration dates of Michigan driver's licenses and state ID cards during the pandemic.
The bills were introduced by Rep. Mike Mueller and Sen. Jeremy Moss.
“This pandemic has been disruptive in many ways. Drivers who cannot renew their licenses inside shuttered Secretary of State branch offices should be granted some relief, and I’m pleased to partner with Secretary of State Benson and Rep. Mueller to provide a needed solution to a problem many Michiganders will face,” Moss said. “This legislation also ensures that there is no question about the license renewal process during a future emergency that may shut down branch offices.”
The bills would allow the SOS to extend expiration dates 60 days after the end of a state of emergency, along with licenses that expired within a week of the beginning of a state of emergency.
They would also grant the secretary the authority to waive any penalties associated with an expired license.
“I am proud to work with Senator Moss and Secretary of State Benson to provide much-needed relief for drivers whose licenses have expired during the State of Emergency. Drivers should never have to worry about late fees and penalties during any emergency situation moving forward,” Rep. Mueller stated.
All Secretary of State branch offices closed on March 24. Residents can still renew their licenses, state ID ccards and vehicle registrations online.
"This legislation would enable the quick action needed during emergencies to reduce uncertainty for law enforcement, critical infrastructure workers, and all Michiganders," said Secretary of State Benson.
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