How long are the waits at the Howell SOS office?

The Secretary of State PLUS branch in Howell.

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In May 2019, The Livingston Post’s Buddy Moorehouse wrote a piece about how long and frustrating the wait was for him at the Howell Secretary of State PLUS Center, which services all of Livingston County. You can read that post by clicking here.

According to a study by, the wait at the Howell SOS office averaged 77.5 minutes in May 2019.

The wait time ballooned 75 percent for July 2019, to 134.2 minutes.

According to Bridge’s data, the Howell SOS is among those with the longest waits in Michigan.

Check out the data, and if you, too, are frustrated with your wait, send Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson a note by clicking here.

You can see the wait times for all the SOS offices in Michigan by clicking here.


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  1. Unfortunately the online appointment system has bugs. Will not always allow you to make an appointment and does not tell you why.

  2. Yea, the online appointment times work really good. So good, in fact that being an IT company only 5 minutes from this location we opt to wait until we head north, and then use the Houghton Lake branch for our needs.
    Was real sweet this morning, as I needed to go into the Dollar Tree and the SSA line was past the Dollar Tree’s entrance!
    So keep raiding our fee’s for the roads, lol, and give the people less places to conduct their business.
    I am happy I did not attend “their” business school!

  3. Michigan Secretary of State offers appointments so you don’t need to wait, I’ve used it several times, It works great. You just show up 10 minutes before your appointment and you will be called at or near your appointment time. Everybody else gets mad at you because they have been waiting and you just step up to the desk shortly after you arrive.

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