Powerful Michigan drivers license reinstatement letters are among the most important elements for success in your effort to get your license back after a revocation. 

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The letters of support regarding your sobriety, remorse, and personal ethics will be presented as evidence of your dedication to being a responsible driver, and who writes them is just as important as what they say.


What are Michigan Driver’s License Reinstatement Letters?

Several steps and documents will be required when you try to get your license back. 


First, you must submit a request for hearing form and a substance abuse evaluation form to the Michigan Department of State’s Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight. All requests for the hearing must be in writing and either mailed or submitted electronically to the state office. The substance abuse evaluation cannot be more than three months old.


Documentation that you should compile before the hearing takes place includes at least three driver’s license reinstatement letters, the evaluation from a substance abuse counselor, and a drug screen. During the hearing, you can testify about why you should get your license back, and others can testify on your behalf as well.


As your attorney, I can submit these documents for you and advise you on the steps that must be taken. I will also attend the hearing with you.


What Letters are Required, and Who Should Write Them?

Although the state only requires three letters, I recommend five, and you can submit up to six.


They should come from people in your community who know you well and are knowledgeable about your past and current drinking and drug use. These individuals include:

  • Immediate family members
  • Other relatives
  • Employers
  • Friends
  • Pastors
  • Local police officers
  • A recognized support group
  • Neighbors
  • Other individuals who know you well

If you can obtain a recommendation letter from a substance abuse counselor as well as the substance abuse evaluation form, this can be especially helpful.

The Michigan drivers license reinstatement letters must be signed, notarized, and dated, and the writers should include the following details:

  • What their relationship is to you
  • How long they have known you
  • How often they see you
  • A description of your past and current drug use as they know it
  • Information about the last time they saw or heard that you had used drugs or alcohol
  • Any information they can provide about your attendance of substance abuse classes or support groups
  • Additional details they feel are important


The Importance of Submitting Letters that are Satisfactory

The quality and thoroughness of the Michigan driver’s license reinstatement letters are pivotal to the success of your case. Not only must they contain the factors that the board will be looking for, but they also must be sincere and honest.


The letters also reflect who you associate with in your life, which will be an integral factor in the hearing as well. The board will likely ask you questions about how you spend your time and who you spend it with. Doing so will allow them to determine if people in your life will support your efforts to remain sober.


Finally, the success of your petition is crucial because if it is not successful, you will not be able to try again for another year.


Compiling all of these documents and navigating the rules and procedures can be challenging. That’s why it’s important to have a license reinstatement attorney there to help you prepare and present your case. In my case, more than 95% of the license reinstatement hearings I have handled have been successful, so you can feel encouraged and confident going into your hearing.


Contact me for a consultation or more information about how to get your license back. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. My goal is to help you regain your quality of life, and I will work with you to help you navigate the necessary steps.


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