Starting Tuesday, March 24, all 131 of our Secretary of State branch offices closed as part of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order.

I fully support Gov. Whitmer and the leadership she is demonstrating by issuing a stay-at-home order. I have been communicating with her for some time on this issue, and know this is necessary to protect the health of our employees and the public.

The order states that all non-critical-infrastructure workers stay home. Therefore, the Department of State is temporarily unable to provide in-person transactions and renewals by mail. Many services will remain available online at, although there may be some delays in processing. The Department will continue to provide election-related services not offered in branch offices, and at

Late fees will be waived for expirations that have occurred since the department first shifted branch operations on March 16. Michigan State Police have been notified of our limited operations and asked to notify local law enforcement agencies.

The Department of State will work directly with the professional associations of critical infrastructure sectors to ensure they are provided services as needed.

—Jocelyn Benson,
Michigan Secretary of State