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Senate: Let drivers renew license in person less frequently

Posted at 8:18 AM, Dec 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-11 08:18:46-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan drivers could renew their licenses more frequently online or by mail instead of having to go to a secretary of state branch office under bipartisan legislation that has received unanimous Senate approval.

Residents now can renew their driver’s license or state ID card by mail or the internet once, for a four-year term, but must go in person every eight years to get a new photograph.

The bills, passed Thursday, would allow for an in-person renewal once every 12 years.

Sen. Ruth Johnson, a former secretary of state, says the change would improve safety and convenience for people.