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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