License Restoration Quick Start

The following is an overview of the License Appeal and Clearance process required by Michigan Secretary of State's Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD).

Michigan Driver's License Restoration and Clearance Appeals are complex.  They are decided by the DAAD's Rule 13, which reads:

The hearing officer shall not order that a license be issued to the petitioner unless the petitioner proves, by clear and convincing evidence, all of the following:

  1. That the petitioner's alcohol or substance abuse problems, if any, are under control and likely to remain under control.
  2. That the risk of the petitioner repeating his or her past abusive behavior is a low or minimal risk.
  3. That the risk of the petitioner repeating the act of operating a motor vehicle while impaired by, or under the influence of, alcohol or controlled substances or a combination of alcohol and a controlled substance or repeating any other offense listed in section 303(1)(d), (e), or (f) or (2)(c), (d), (e), or (f) of the act is a low or minimal risk.
  4. That the petitioner has the ability and motivation to drive safely and within the law.
  5. Other showings that are relevant to the issues identified in paragraphs (i) to (iv) of this subdivision.

A person must be legally eligible to apply for a Michigan drivers license reinstatement appeal hearing. The Secretary of State rules determining eligibility are very specific, and cannot be shortened or modified:

  1. If your License was Revoked for 2 DUI's within 7 years you must wait one full year from the last to be eligible to apply. 
  2. If your License was Revoked for 3 or more DUI's within 10 years, you must then wait five years from that last conviction to be eligible. 

You can file for your Hearing up to 6 weeks before your actual eligibility date.

Michigan License Reinstatement Documents

A person must undergo a Substance Abuse Evaluation and must submit a current and valid Evaluation form, along with a Hearing Request and Letters of Support to formally begin a Michigan License Appeal.

The Substance Abuse Evaluation must be completed by a licensed Substance Abuse Counselor.  The form requires very specific information and is the single most important piece of evidence affecting the outcome of your case. If it doesn't hold up legally, then the whole case collapses, and you are sent away with a Denial, and have to wait another year to try again.

Along with the Secretary of State's Request for a Hearing form and the Substance Abuse Evaluation form, a person trying to win their license back must also submit up to six Letters of Support, called "testimonial letters." These Letters are extremely important, and must contain certain very specific information.  Moreover, what's not in the Letters is every bit as important as what is.

Once the completed paperwork has been filed, a date for your Hearing will be set, and your case is assigned to one of the DAAD Hearing Officers.   Every Hearing Officer will ask a number of the same questions, but each has his or her own particular areas of interest they'll explore to help them determine whether or not to grant a License. Beyond that, the questions particular to each Hearing Officer are also different depending on if a person filing the Appeal claims that they are involved in AA, or not. You need to know exactly how to prepare for all this, which is why hiring a Michigan drivers license restoration attorney is so important.

At the Hearing, a person will be asked a lot of questions.  Hearings last less than an hour, and the State's decision is usually mailed out several weeks thereafter.

That's an overview of the process without my help.  If you're serious about winning the first time, and you want to know how I do it, and really want to get back on the road, read through the various pages of this section and some of my many Michigan License Restoration articles.

I know that anyone looking for a genuine Michigan drivers license restoration attorney to help them win their license back wants to win their case without spending more than they have to.  My services come with a first time win Guarantee. You cannot do any better than that. I do not cut corners to compete with anyone; besides, no one else offers my Guarantee, anyway.  I know exactly what to do, and how to do it to get you back on the road.  The real cost of losing your License Appeal is being stuck having to rely on other people to get you around for another whole year.  I can make sure that doesn't happen.

My initial consultations are done over the phone.  My phones are always answered by one of my friendly staff members, ready to answer your questions and explain how I can help you put a valid Driver's License back in your wallet.  If you are looking to win back your License, you owe it to yourself to call me at (586) 465-1980 and find out what I can do for you.