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Michigan Secretary of State adding more appointment slots through September

Dwight Burdette

Michigan’s Secretary of State says her department is adding 350-thousand more appointment slots through September at local branch offices.Jocelyn Benson blames budget cuts and COVID closures for a massive backlog that resulted in a growing number of Michiganders driving without new license plates.

Benson says working more efficiently will create the additional appointment times.

“Our staff has said , you know  what we can take something that takes us 20 minutes and we’ll work extra efficiently to get it done in ten and find other efficiencies as well so we can essentially cut that appointment time in half and free up another ten minutes to serve someone else.”

Benson wants another 25 million dollars to add staff and extend hours at local branches.