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What you must prove to reinstate your Michigan driver's license

To restore your Michigan driver’s license, you must prove the following:

  1. Your alcohol/substance abuse problem, if any, is under control and will remain so.
  2. The likelihood of repeating the act of drunk driving or past abuse behavior is low or minimal.
  3. You have the ability and motivation to drive safely and within the law.

Further, you must also prove 12 months of sobriety. You must prove this by clear and convincing evidence.

The MI License Reinstatement Hearing

Your case will be heard in front of a hearing officer at an administrative hearing. The hearing is similar to a trial. Evidence is introduced and witnesses may testify. A variety of evidence can be presented at a hearing such as: Alcoholics Anonymous sign-in sheets, favorable letters from witnesses, treatment records and a substance abuse evaluation. You will be expected to testify and may also present witnesses to testify on your behalf.

The hearing officer may deny your request, grant a restricted driver’s license or grant a full license. If successful, in-state Michigan residents typically will be granted a restricted license and must install an alcohol detector in their car. Out-of-state residents that are successful will be granted a clearance so they may apply for a license in their state of residence. Unfavorable decisions may be appealed to the Circuit Court.

Request a Free Driver’s License Reinstatement Consultation

If you would like to discuss how I can help with your Michigan driver’s license reinstatement case, call me for a free phone consultation at 248-374-0722 or complete our online request form.

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Attorney + Mark Langschied