Senate panel moves Theis bill allowing online renewal of farm plates

LANSING, Mich. — The Senate Transportation Committee on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to a Sen. Lana Theis bill that would allow owners of vehicles with farming-related license plates to renew registrations online.

“The past year revealed difficulties in many areas and aspects of our lives,” said Theis, R-Brighton. “One of the most frustrating disruptions is the achingly long wait times at secretary of state offices. Branch locations often close with little to no warning for indeterminate lengths of time, and some have been shuttered completely.

“On top of that, the average appointment time is four months out, while our farmers are reaching one of the busiest times of their year. It only makes sense, given these factors and the capabilities technology affords, that farmers be able to simply renew their farming-related license plates online, just like the rest of us.”

Senate Bill 220 would require the Michigan secretary of state to create an online renewal option for specialty farm plates, farm plates, logging plates and milk truck plates before Jan. 1 of next year.

The bill now advances to the full Senate for further consideration.

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