The Secret to Getting a Secretary of State Appointment

Navigating the Michigan Secretary of State online appointment system has been frustrating for many people since the offices closed for walk-ins. Although it is possible to book an advance appointment for Secretary of State services on the State’s website, the earliest dates that are currently available are in the middle of November.

However, waiting three months to register a new vehicle may not be acceptable to your car insurance company, so here is a little trick for securing a “Same-Day” appointment on the Secretary of State’s website:

Same-Day appointments become available 24 hours in advance. They are also scheduled on the hour and in 10 minute increments throughout the hour. For example, if you log on to the Secretary of State’s website on a Monday at 10:00 AM, you will be able to make an appointment for the next day, Tuesday, at 10:00 AM.

The trick is, if there are no appointments available, keep refreshing the page every 10 minutes, or at the top of every hour, until you secure one. You can also book an appointment and repeat the process throughout the day to get a later time slot–just cancel the earlier appointment once you book a new one.

Although this system may be time-consuming for a user who needs a specific appointment time, it is the only way to prevent the consequences of driving without a license plate or getting a new driver their first license.

There are many transactions that don’t require going to a branch office, so check the Secretary of State’s website <HERE> to see if you can complete your transactions online, via mail, or at a self-service station.

Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand