2014-02-06 / Community

SOS offers text, email alerts

Residents reminded to vote, get tabs

DETROIT – You get the notice in the mail, put it with the stack of bills and in the middle of your busy life, you forget it’s time to renew your vehicle’s license plate tab.

But an innovative new service announced by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will allow customers to sign up for text or emails reminding them a few weeks before their birthday that it’s time to renew their tabs.

“This is common-sense customer service,” said Johnson. “I hear from customers all the time who remember at the last minute and have to visit a branch office on their birthday. We’re sending reminders so you can spend your birthday with your families doing something fun instead!”

In addition to tab reminders, customers can also sign up for reminders notifying them of an upcoming election. Johnson launched the first such service in Oakland County as Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds.

Customers can sign up for the reminders by clicking on the red envelope at www.michigan.gov/ sos. Johnson said Michigan drivers can also sign up at the Secretary of State’s booth at the North American International Auto Show.

Visitors to the SOS booth can also learn about ExpressSOS.com, which offers some of the Secretary of State’s most popular services online. Since its launch in 2011, the website has handled more than four million transactions, helping to shorten lines in branch offices. It also offers a special “print-and-go” service that allows customers to print a proof-of-purchase for tabs on their computers until their tabs arrive in the mail.

To sign up via text message, customers can text “MSOS RENEW” for renewal reminders, “MSOS ELEX” for election reminders and “MSOS UPDATES” for news updates plus their email address to 468311 to receive emails. Customers who only want a text message should text the phrase only to 468311. For renewal reminders, they’ll just need to enter the expiration month and day of the plate.

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