The Secretary of State branch at 430 Western Ave., shown above, will reopen in early November following renovations. (Photo courtesy Google Streetview)

Allegan SOS branch relocates for remodel

The Secretary of State office in Allegan closed Sept. 24 and has temporarily relocated as part of a renovation and expansion project.

The temporary location at 277 North St., a building owned by Allegan County and previously housed Community Mental Health, is a temporary lease arrangement

The office at 430 Western Ave. is expected to resume service in early November.

When it does, customers and staff will benefit from 70 percent more lobby space, the addition of customer service stations and public restrooms. Other renovations include an expanded customer entrance, new data lines to speed transactions, electrical updates, new carpeting and new wall covering.

The remodeled office will also offer 24/7 access to a Self-Service Station, which provides a convenient option for customers renewing their license plate tabs.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said, “This project is part of our commitment to continuously improving our service and the experience of customers who visit an office. Area residents now can hop online to do many transactions with us at ExpressSOS.com, but when they do visit our Allegan branch, we want them to have the best experience possible.”

ExpressSOS.com allows customers to renew their tabs and driver’s licenses, get a duplicate registration or title, change their address and register to be an organ donor. And with its “Print ’N Go” feature, customers can renew their driver’s licenses and tabs for their vehicles, motorcycles or boats, print their receipt and drive legally until they get their card or sticker in the mail. On their eighth year, customers do need to visit an office to get a new driver’s license so they can pass a vision test and get an updated photo.

Those looking for other, alternative Secretary of State offices can visit one of these:

• Van Buren County PLUS, 32849 Red Arrow Highway, Paw Paw

• Ottawa County PLUS, 587 E. 8th St., Suite 90, Holland

• Kalamazoo County PLUS, 3298 Stadium Drive, Kalamazoo

Individuals can now make an appointment or hold their spot in line at Secretary of State MI-TIME Line participating offices by using their phone or the Web.

Customers may call the Department of State Information Center to speak to a customer-service representative at 888-SOS-MICH (767-6424).

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