Is just me, or is it always a pain to know you have to go to the Secretary Of State office?  Now I will say it is better now than when I first got my driver's license.  Back then you could be in line for hours for a simple task. You would walk in and get a number with maybe 50 to 100 people ahead of you.

I actually bought somebody's number once...  It has gotten better these days because you can now make an appointment online. Plus, the technology is much better.

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And speaking of technology, the Secretary of State services will be down for close to a week. This from They have to install a major technology upgrade. Online services, self-service stations, branch office appointments, and booking will be unavailable from 5 p.m. Thursday, March 11th, until 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 16th. Will this be better for us in the long run? And give us better service? I would think so.

The Department of State says the system upgrade will move the department forward from decades-old technology, securely combining millions of driver and vehicle records into one integrated customer record system. Starting March 16, the upgrade will enable new online services for Michigan residents and expand the capability of self-service stations to include many driver’s license and state ID transactions.

SOS says the new online services will allow people to:

  • Renew or replace an enhanced driver’s license or state ID if no new photo is required
  • View the status of the requested driver’s license or state ID
  • Request and obtain a driving record
  • Add a motorcycle endorsement to an eligible driver’s license
  • Access streamlined business services

At self-service stations, people will be able to:

  • Renew a standard or enhanced driver’s license or state ID if no new photo is required
  • Request a replacement and print out a temporary license or ID
  • Add a motorcycle endorsement to an eligible driver’s license
  • Sign up for the state’s organ donor registry.

This will great for all of us, and definitely make some tasks at SOS easier.

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