How to Get Your Michigan Driver's License Restored
The fallout from a suspended or revoked driver’s license could be significant for most Michigan drivers. Getting to work or school becomes a challenge, as do many everyday tasks, such as grocery shopping or trips to the doctor’s office. There’s no doubt that getting a driver’s license back is important, so how does someone get their Michigan driver’s license restored?
Why would someone need to restore their driver’s license in Michigan?
An individual could have his or her license suspended or revoked for numerous reasons, including causing an accident in which someone was killed, having too many tickets or an unsatisfactory driving record, failing to appear in court, or other violations.
The most common reason includes Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol or drug-related offenses.
What is the difference between a suspended and revoked license?
A license suspension means driving privileges are taken away for a period of time, which may range from days to weeks, or even months. A license revocation means the individual’s driving privileges are terminated and can only be reinstated if he or she meets eligible requirements. There is no guarantee a revoked license will be returned.
How does a person restore his or her suspended or revoked license?
Certain individuals who have a suspended license may pay a fee if the suspension period is over and certain requirements are met. Some individuals may owe additional fees. Some suspensions or restrictions may also be indefinite and won’t terminate until approved for re-licensure by a court or the Secretary of State.
Those with a revoked driver’s license usually are required to reapply for license restoration after the expiration of one year following the first revocation and after the expiration of five years for a subsequent revocation.
Certain suspensions and most revocations require or may be shortened by an administrative hearing. To request a hearing an individual must complete an evidence package which may consist of some or all of the following:
- A hearing request application;
- A “Community Support Letter” completed by at least three friends, family members, or coworkers who will attest to the individual’s sobriety from drugs or alcohol. These letters must also be notarized;
- A Substance Use Evaluation performed by a qualified evaluator;
- A laboratory report from a 12-panel urinalysis drug screen;
- An interlock (a machine that a driver must blow into before operating a vehicle) report;
- A doctor’s report (required for individuals taking medication to treat addiction, pain, or a mental or physical health concern that may affect an individual’s ability to drive safely); and
- Certifications of completion or verification of participation from programs such as AA, other support groups, or counseling.
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