Michigan Secretary of State limiting branch operations to critical services over 3-week period – Crain’s Detroit Business

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Operations at all Michigan Secretary of State offices will be limited to critical services that must be done in person over the next three weeks to help stem the spread coronavirus.

From Monday to April 6 all 131 branch offices will only offer services for transactions that must be conducted in-person and only by appointment, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced Friday. Walk-ins will be asked to make an appointment, for the same day if available.

"The goal is to eliminate any potential crowding in our offices, and thereby support the work of Governor Whitmer and her administration to protect the health of all state employees and Michiganders," Benson said in a news release.

The types of transactions available in-person at branches during this three-week period will be limited to:

During the three-week period the number of appointments available will be increased, and same-day appointments will continue to be available. Services will also continue to be available online, by mail and at new self-service stations across the state, many of which accept cash. Saturday branch services will be suspended but weekday hours will be expanded as follows:

All existing appointments, including those not for the three limited transaction types, will be honored. Those who have appointments scheduled for noncritical services are asked to consider canceling them to make the slot available for someone else. Before scheduling an appointment, residents are strongly encouraged to use online, self-serve kiosk and renewal-by-mail options.

The Department of State will also lift the restriction that requires demonstration of insurance to renew driver's licenses.

"Some people may not be able to conduct their business with us before their transaction expiration date," Benson said in the release. "We will waive late fees during this period, and we have notified Michigan State Police of our change in operations, and asked that they convey this information to local law enforcement."

Appointments can be made at Michigan.gov/SOSAppointments and by calling 888-SOS-MICH.

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