House committee advances license extension, SoS walk-in hours

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LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan House Oversight Committee on Thursday morning approved bills that would push back renewal dates for driver’s licenses and also push the Secretary of State’s Office to drop its appointment-only system.

The three-bill package aims to help ease pressure on the SoS, which says it is dealing with a backlog of work due to renewal extensions granted in the midst of the pandemic. The bills would extend deadlines to get licenses, state identification cards and vehicle registrations renewed without late fees.

But the Republican-proposed legislation would also push Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, get rid of the appointment-only system she has established. She says that system decreases wait times in offices and allows branches to serve more people each month. But even though next-day appointments are released each day, many have complained about it taking months to get a slot.

The bills (Senate Bills 507, 508 and 509) now head to the House floor for a vote. They have already been approved by the state Senate.

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