State Shutdown Scenario: Licenses

By: Beth Shayne Email
By: Beth Shayne Email

The secretary of state reports an uptick in online renewals and higher volume at the branches in preparation for a possible partial shutdown of government that could begin Monday.

The lines at the Mason branch bear that out.

"I took off work a little early today," Dan Ordiway says. He showed us because he needs new license plates by October 1st, but he considers his new deadline Friday.

"We're making sure we have good staffing levels to accomodate the volume," Kelly Chesney, secretary of state spokesperson says.

In the event of a shutdown, the website would still allow customers to renew plates or licenses there. Lists would be available to law enforcement, even if the appropriate paperwork isn't mailed out in time. Chesney says it would be up to the governor to decide to cut a break to customers who aren't up to date.

Six "supercenter" offices will be open Saturday with extra hours. Check michigan.gov/sos for directions.

As for other licensing, bow season starts on Monday and it's not clear what will happen with hunting--or fishing--licenses.

Licensing dealers like Grand River Bait and Tackle have not been instructed by the Department of Natural Resources.

"It's a wait and see game I guess," says owner Wayne Werner.

The governor's office says they'll announce more details Friday.


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  • by Dan P. Location: Mason on Sep 28, 2007 at 07:47 AM
    I have lived in this state for all of my 55 years and I can't remember it being in this kind of shape. This Governor needs to resign now before it's too late. Dick Devos please come back!!!!!!!!!
  • by THOMAS NASH Location: HASLETT on Sep 28, 2007 at 03:12 AM
    I THE MICHIGAN GOVERNMENT IS GOING TO SHUTDOWN STOPPING SERVICES WITH LAYOFFS, IT'S ONLY FAIR THAT THE LAWMAKERS ALSO DO NOT GET PAYED. IF THAT WAS TO HAPPEN, I BET A BUDGET WOULD HAVE PAST TWO WEEKS AGO! TOM NASH
  • by Melinda Location: East Lansing on Sep 27, 2007 at 03:37 PM
    I don't think it is good that the DNR would shut down. The Deer population would give more automobile accidents. Can Michigan really handle more of that? Even though I don't like seeing them get killed I don't like the people and cars getting wrecked either.
  • by JB Location: Jackson on Sep 27, 2007 at 02:56 PM
    Well if there is a shut down the state of Michigan will come to a halt for the most part cause there will be no one there to do anything. Now would be a good time to hand it all over to this wonderful governor we have and let her to the work in all these places to keep things running. You know she is not going to be hurt by any of this and her paycheck will still be there for her on payday.
  • by Pam Location: Jackson on Sep 27, 2007 at 01:23 PM
    It is time to remove those excessive cogs and excessive overhead.
  • by Shellene Location: Lansing on Sep 27, 2007 at 03:28 AM
    Unfortunately you are really down playing this story. Yes in fact if there is a state shut down people would be able to renew drivers licenses and the like on the internet, but they will not be mailed! Do you really think that the Secretary of State mails all of that stuff out themselves? No that is done at a completely different place. There will still be a hold up. The state is a machine that has many cogs in its wheel and you as a news agency are failing miserably by down playing what will happen if in fact the state does shut down. Come on do an in depth story and tell just really what will happen. You keep saying a partial state shut down, do you really have any idea what partial means?
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