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Governor Whitmer signs two year vehicle registration bill into law

Vehicles drive on the road through the central business district in Beijing on August 4, 2010. A traffic jam on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway, stretching more than 62 miles, has lasted more than nine days.
Vehicles drive on the road through the central business district in Beijing on August 4, 2010. A traffic jam on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway, stretching more than 62 miles, has lasted more than nine days.

Michiganders will be able to register their vehicles for two years at a time under a new state law.

The governor signed a bill yesterday allowing for the extended registration period.

"So we have to make sure that we’re cognizant of that, we don’t spend it like drunken sailors and realize, ‘Hey we have to make sure we’re wise with this because there will be a decrease in the second year but the total amount of money is still the same." said Republican state Representative Steve Johnson, the bill’s sponsor.

Before, vehicle registration expired annually on the owner’s birthday in most circumstances.

A partner bill previously signed by the governor would adjust the recreation passport fee for two-year registrations. Both changes take effect next October.