How to Restore your Driver’s License in Michigan

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If you live in Michigan then you know that public transportation is not as reliable as one would hope. This means one thing: you need a driver’s license. If you’ve faced DUI convictions, you’re probably stuck navigating life without a driver’s license. Your daily commute to work and essential activities relies on your colleagues and close ones. It’s not ideal. Fortunately, there is a way forward. If you’ve got a revoked license then you probably want to learn more about the Michigan’s Driver’s license restoration process. 

Overview of License Restoration

The procedure for reinstating a Michigan driver’s license that has been revoked or suspended is contingent on the specific cause of the license’s suspension or revocation. Typically, the reinstatement of a driver’s license requires a hearing before the Driver’s Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD), formerly referred to as the Driver’s License Appeal Division (DLAD).

Getting your driver’s license back in Michigan can be tricky. If you mess up on your application, then you’ll get refused. Here’s the kicker, if they deny your restoration, you’ll have to wait a whole year before you can try again. When your driver’s license is on the line, it’s just not worth the risk of not doing it the right way. Give our driver’s license restoration attorneys a call to help you through the process. 

Are you eligible for a license restoration?

Depending on your specific circumstance, you’ll have to wait a year after losing your license. However, sometimes it can be five years until you’re eligible to apply for restoration. To be sure, we should check your official driving record to know when you can apply.

To regain your license, you need to prove with strong and compelling evidence that:

  1. You have effectively managed your drug or alcohol issue.
  2. You’ve maintained control for an adequate duration.
  3. The issue that led to your convictions will likely continue to be under control.
  4. You’re committed to driving safely.

The 4 Step Process:

The following steps are just a brief overview of what steps need to be taken. Every stage of this process can get quite intricate and time-consuming. To navigate it effectively, you’ll require the expertise of a seasoned attorney to lead you through each phase.

Step 1: A substance use evaluation needs to be obtained. This has to be done through a state-approved substance abuse counselor and facility. With this assessment in hand, you can begin to build your case for the state that you’re not a driving risk.

Step 2: Complete a 12-panel drug screen to demonstrate that you haven’t recently used alcohol or illicit substances. The goal is to ensure you’re maintaining a sober lifestyle free from the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Step 3: This step relies on your close network; your family, friends, and co-workers. You need to gather further ‘proof’ of your sobriety. This involves submitting multiple notarized letters that include specific details, such as the person’s relationship to you, how long they’ve known you, and when they last witnessed you using alcohol or controlled substances.

Step 4: Provide “evidence of support.” This means you should be able to prove that you’ve actively engaged in efforts to maintain your sobriety, such as participation in group meetings and counseling. If you have a sponsor, it’s beneficial to obtain a notarized letter from them. It’s important to note that while AA is not mandatory, if you choose to participate, make sure your attendance can be verified.

What happens next?

After successfully completing all the preliminary steps and ensuring your eligibility, you’ve reached the point where you are prepared to formally request a hearing. This marks a significant milestone in your journey to restore your driver’s license, as it signals your readiness to present your case and make your appeal for reinstatement.

Gathering the materials, requesting a hearing, presenting your case, and restoring your license is a multi-step process that can last months if not years. To navigate this complexity effectively, it is crucial to have a proficient attorney by your side. You can reach out to us via our online contact form or call us today.