Coronavirus in Michigan: What to do while Secretary of State branch offices are closed

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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson talks about impact of pandemic on branches

DETROIT – Many people have asked what they are supposed to do if they need a Secretary of State branch.

Offices are currently closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Kiosks are also out of service.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said people can go online to do what they normally would visit a branch to do.

“For nearly everyone who needs to renew their license or their vehicle tabs, they can do that online at,” Benson said.

Benson said restrictions, such as insurance requirements, that would typically require someone to visit a branch in person have been lifted. Late fees have also been waived.

She said some things may not go smoothly as many people try to access online services, but noted that her office is working to make sure everything works as best as it can.

Benson also said her office has been preparing for more people to vote by mail.

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Hank Winchester is Local 4's Consumer Investigative Reporter and the head of WDIV's "Help Me Hank" Consumer Unit. He works to solve consumer complaints, reveal important recalls and track down thieves who have ripped off metro Detroiters.