✅ Updated March 2021

Ultimate guide to Registering your Vehicle in Michigan

Here's the ultimate guide to registering your vehicle in Michigan. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.


What You’ll Need to Register your Vehicle in Michigan

  • Completed Application for Michigan Vehicle Title (Form TR-11L)
  • Proof of identity (driver’s license, passport, or ID card)
  • Proof of vehicle ownership 
    • Signed-over vehicle title including odometer reading & VIN (if vehicle purchased via private sale);
    • Out-of-state vehicle title; OR
    • Out-of-state vehicle registration (if title is held by a lienholder)
  • Proof of Michigan no-fault car insurance
  • Payment for applicable fees & taxes
    • Price for vehicle)
    • $15 title fee
    • License plate fee
      • $5 for new license plates OR
      • $8 for license plate transfer


What You’ll Do to Register your Vehicle in Michigan

  • Step 1: Visit your nearest SOS office (optional: make an appointment!)
    • Submit the required documents & ID
    • Submit payment
    • Receive a temporary title and registration plus license plates (if needed)
  • Step 2: Receive your Michigan vehicle title and registration via U.S. mail


Caveats and Exceptions

  • 6% use tax (based on value of vehicle)
  • Registration fee (varies based on Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price for vehicle)


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