SOS branches to close during stay-at-home order

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LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — All Michigan Secretary of State branch offices will temporarily close starting Tuesday in part of Gov. Whitmer’s stay-at-home-order.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a Monday statement that branches will not be able to provide in-person transactions and renewals by mail, but many services will be offered on the SOS website.

The Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday that state officials know some driver’s licenses will expire during the shutdown, which will last a minimum of three weeks.

Michigan State Police say they’re aware of what’s happening. Special Lt. David Cope told New s8 that troopers will have discretion on how to handle it if a driver they pull over has an expired license, or if a driver with an expired license is involved in a crash.

“A trooper can/will still complete a crash report as normal if someone’s license is expired at a crash scene,” Cope said. “It is the trooper’s discretion if they want to cite them for an expired license or not.”

“It is the trooper’s discretion if they want to cite them for an expired license or not,” Cope said.

The Secretary of State’s Office said late fees will be waived for any expiration that happens during the temporary closure.

Benson also said absentee ballots will be mailed to everyone voting in May 5 elections. Voters will not need to request a ballot. Postponing May elections was under discussion, she said. Some entities decided to postpone, but others did not due to funds that are set to expire. Absentee ballots will be mailed for elections that aren’t postponed.

More information on the coronavirus can be found on the state’s website and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website.


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