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Obtaining license plates in Michigan to become easier

All Michigan Secretary of State offices are gearing up to sell Gold Star license plates to honor fallen military heroes. They can be bought anytime after the July 4 holiday.

“The family and friends of our fallen heroes are the ones who have to face each day without their loved one,” said state Sen. John Pappageorge (R-Troy), a retired Army colonel who served two tours in Vietnam and was in the military for 30 years.

“This plate serves as a symbol of the sacrifice they have made and reminds us all that freedom is not free.”

Using gold stars to acknowledge families who have lost loved ones in military service harkens to World War I. Flags hanging in windows with a blue star denote a family member serving in the military; a gold star means a family member was killed in action.

“We pay tribute to the brave men and women of America’s armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice defending our country and protecting our freedom,” said Secretary of State Ruth Johnson (pictured). “In honor of veterans and their families across our state, I’m proud to offer them these new plates so they may show their service and sacrifice.

And getting license plates will soon be even more convenient especially in Port Huron northeast of Detroit. There, the Michigan Secretary of State St. Clair County PLUS Office has reopened at its original location inside the Court of Flags Mall. The office was closed for three days this month to accommodate a renovation.

The office at 2887 Krafft moved to a temporary site in April while the permanent location was combined with two adjacent suites.

“The St. Clair County PLUS Office will offer customers a larger floor plan that will help make a visit to the office a more enjoyable experience,” Johnson said.

“Together with our many services available online and through the mail, this new office allows us to better meet the needs of today’s customers.”

Customers who need to renew license plates can “skip the trip” to a branch office by renewing online or through the mail. Easy-to-follow instructions are enclosed with the renewal notice.

For more information about branch services, get Facebook updates ( or call the Department of State Information Center to speak to a customer-service representative at 1-888-SOS-MICH.

You can reach's Hawke Fracassa at [email protected].