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Secretary of state mobile office at auto show

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You can once again take in the North American International Auto Show while taking care of business with the state of Michigan.

The Michigan secretary of state's full-service mobile office will once again be at the auto show.

"This is such an exciting event, celebrating Detroit, our state and what we do better than anyone else – cars," said Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. "We are very happy to be a part of the North American International Auto Show. Customers thinking about their dream car can take a moment to get tabs for their current car, renew their driver's license, get a copy of their vehicle registration or register to become an organ donor."

The auto show runs for the public Jan. 19 to 27 at the Cobo Center, which has been extensively renovated. The Michigan secretary of state's mobile office will be located on the concourse outside of the show, near the Oakland Hall entrance. The mobile office will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and noon to 6 p.m. on weekdays. On Jan. 27, the office will be open until 7 p.m.

"Cars and the secretary of state's office go hand-in-hand, so it's fitting the secretary of state is represented here at the North American International Auto Show," said Scott LaRiche, president of the Detroit Auto Dealers Association. "We as auto dealers work very closely with the SOS throughout the year, and appreciate the innovations that the office has implemented to make licensing and other services more efficient for both auto dealers and the public. We are very pleased to be able to host the secretary of state exhibit once again."

Johnson said her office is again partnering with Michigan Gift of Life and the Michigan Eye-Bank, which will be providing volunteers at the show who can talk with visitors about organ donation and signing up on Michigan's Organ Donor Registry.

She will also be highlighting Michigan's new Donate Life plate. A portion of the sales of the plate pays for efforts to educate the public about organ, tissue and eye donation.

Johnson has made expanding Michigan's Organ Donor Registry a priority. As a result of new directives and partnerships, nearly 1 million people have signed up on the state's organ donation lists in the past two years.

Richard Pietroski, CEO of Gift of Life Michigan, said he looks forward to continued collaboration this year with Johnson and the Department of State.

"Every secretary of state employee who asks a customer if they'd like to join the Michigan Organ Donor Registry is helping to save and improve lives," Pietroski said. "Our partnership with the secretary of state is vitally important to the nearly 3,100 people in Michigan who need a critical organ transplant and the many more who will benefit from tissue and cornea transplants. We applaud the hard work and dedication of Secretary of State Johnson and her department."

In addition, the mobile office will also highlight the secretary of state's online services at More than two million transactions have been handled since the website was launched in October 2011.

Customers also 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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