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Old 02-27-2012, 12:00 PM
 
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Default Cost of Driver's License/Car Registration

We are going to be moving to Michigan from Colorado within the next few months for a job and I'm wondering how much it costs typically to register a car in Michigan, and how much it is for a driver's license. I tried the state website, but it's a bit vague. Any insight is greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:20 PM
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The Secretary of State website explains all of that. You do have to do some digging....basically your car is registered based on it's resale value. Newer=higher etc. The Driver's License is $25 and I believe it's good for 3 (or 4?) years. Call 1-888-767-6424 (Secretary of State Information), it might be quicker.
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Old 02-27-2012, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Central Mass
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And after a certain year, they go by GVWR. It's not the cheapest state by any stretch - top 20 for sure. Much cheaper than CA, but my 1983 280zx is registered in MI and it still costs ~$50/yr ($75 in CA)

Your DL is good for 5 years - so that you get one at 16 and your first renewal is at 21. Even spacing for the rest of your life.
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Old 02-27-2012, 01:28 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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DL is good for 4 years after the initial one. My last one was issued on my birthday in 2011 and is good until my birthday in 2015. The initial license runs $25 with renewals $18. You can get an enhanced DL for crossing the border by either land or sea and that is $45 for the initial one and $38 for renewals.

For registration this is right from their website: "Michigan passenger plate fees are based on the vehicle's manufacturers suggested retail price."
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:19 PM
 
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I payed $78 to register my car.. that included the plates, and the title fee. I have a 2009 Corolla. Same car cost me $285 to register in Maine the year before...

So, I think cost to register is cheap in general.
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Old 02-27-2012, 03:23 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I payed $78 to register my car.. that included the plates, and the title fee. I have a 2009 Corolla. Same car cost me $285 to register in Maine the year before...

So, I think cost to register is cheap in general.
LOL, that was my same exact feelings when I moved back home to Michigan from Maine. I couldn't believe how much I had been getting bagged in Maine for registration. Each vehicle here was just over $100 and they were both over $300 in Maine.
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Mid-Town
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When we left Michigan in 09, it cost $65 for plates on a 95 Chevy truck. If I remember right, $50 is the lowest charge for plates on a car / truck. The newer the vehicle, the higher the plate.
I have heard the new fix it governor wants to raise registration fees by $100? May be he will wait until 2013 so I can have my first year will be "affordable?"
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Old 02-29-2012, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Boyne City, NW Michigan
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For registration this is right from their website: "Michigan passenger plate fees are based on the vehicle's manufacturers suggested retail price."
It's pretty backwards you pay more for a 20 year old car worth $3K with an MSRP of $50K than a brand new car with an MSRP of $30K.

I just renewed my registration and it is about $180 for a car with MSRP of $40K.
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Old 02-29-2012, 04:38 PM
 
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Thanks all for the replies. Doesn't sound too bad compared with some other states.
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:26 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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The really good deal about MI's vehicle registration is that there is no smog check, nor is there any sort of inspection. There are no other vehicle property taxes, like some other states.
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