Michigan Vehicle Power of Attorney (Form TR-128)
A Michigan motor vehicle power of attorney (Form TR-128) is a legal document that allows a vehicle owner to delegate tasks to another person (the attorney-in-fact) in a limited capacity. It gives “limited” power because the attorney-in-fact can only carry out responsibilities assigned by the owner. If debts occur due to wrongful decisions, the attorney-in-fact must compensate the owner. In rare situations, the owner can sue the attorney-in-fact. To protect themselves, the owner should choose an attorney-in-fact they know and trust.
The motor vehicle power of attorney terminates immediately if the attorney-in-fact and owner divorce (only applicable if the attorney-in-fact is the owner’s spouse). Otherwise, the attorney-in-fact has power until they complete the tasks.
If the owner wants to amend the document, they must fill out a new form, canceling the pre-existing one. Changes can include assigning a new attorney-in-fact, updating information about the vehicle, or entering a new residence address. If the owner no longer needs another person to carry out the tasks, they can complete a revocation power of attorney, which terminates the original form and its copies.
The person completing the document must write it using ink to be valid. In addition to vehicles, the document serves watercraft and mobile home owners. Along with the signed motor vehicle power of attorney, the attorney-in-fact must keep a photocopy of the owner’s driver’s license or photo identification card.
Signing requirements: Must be signed by the vehicle owner.
How to Write
Step 1 – Agent Personal Information
Write the agent’s name (attorney-in-fact) and address on the lines provided. Then enter the agent’s driver’s license or ID card number.
Step 2 – Vehicle Identifiers
Enter the year, VIN (Vehicle Identification Number), make, and license plate number (if applicable).
Step 3 – Owner Information
To properly identify the grantor of this power of attorney, provide the owner’s complete name, address, phone number, driver’s license or ID card number, and the current date.
Step 4 – Owner Signature
The owner executes this form by signing where indicated.