driver who cleared a Michigan hold to drive in their new state of residence

Driver who cleared a Michigan hold to drive in their new state of residence

If you’ve moved to a new state after having your Michigan driver’s license revoked due to multiple DUI’s, you may have noticed that you cannot get a driver’s license in your new state of residence. States share information about revoked licenses with one another. So you will need to have the “hold” on your Michigan driver’s license removed before you can apply for one in your new state.

If you’re ready to clear a hold on a MI driver’s license, here’s what you need to know about the process. 


What’s Required to Clear a Hold on a MI Driver’s License?

In order to clear the hold on your driving rights in Michigan, you need to complete a successful driver’s license restoration case. In other words, you need to prove that you’ve maintained sobriety for at least a year and have addressed the underlying issues that led to your previous DUIs. 

The requirements for completing an out-of-state driver’s license restoration case are fairly similar to that of an in-state driver’s license restoration case. You need to apply for a hearing with the Michigan Secretary of State and then submit the necessary evidence to support your claims of sobriety. 

This evidence includes a drug screen, substance use evaluation, at least three letters of support, an interlock report if applicable, and a request for hearing form. You may also choose to submit additional evidence to support your claim, like AA attendance logs or proof of substance abuse counseling. Basically, the idea is to prove to the state that your substance use issues are under control and that you can be trusted to operate a vehicle safely in your new state. 

 

What’s Involved in the Process?

The process of clearing a hold on a Michigan driver’s license can vary a bit from that of in-state cases. You can start by submitting the required evidence for your Administrative Review by mail. Some individuals simply have their request approved through this process. So the hold is cleared at this point and you’re free to apply for a new license in your state. 

If you are unable to clear the hold on your MI driver’s license through the Administrative Review, you can then request a hearing with the Secretary of State. Former residents may travel to the state to attend in person or attend a hearing via video conference. Working with an experienced Michigan driver’s license reinstatement lawyer can help you manage your case remotely and give you the best chance of clearing the hold so you can then apply for a driver’s license in your new state. 

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