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Bill would create grace period for license plate tabs

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Renewing license plate tabs can be a hassle. A bill introduced in Lansing would help alleviate the stress that can come with the annual task.

The bill would instate a 30 day grace period to put new plate tabs on after the old ones expire.

Republican representative Curt VanderWall sponsored the bill. He said under current law, new tabs must be installed the day after old tabs expire. In some cases people waiting to receive their new tabs in mail become susceptible to fines.

“Somebody that would go on the night before their plates expire they can pay online. The state would record that and get the tabs mailed out as soon as they can and they would have a paper registration that would extend that for 30 days from the day of purchase online”.

VanderWall said everyone he’s talked to supports the measure.

“We’re a society that unfortunately does procrastinate a little bit. Then all of sudden we’re like, oh we got to go, and we do it online. This will allow for people to get it done in a timely manner and save the potential fine or late fee”.

VanderWall said he’s hopeful the bill will become law by the end of the year.