The ability and freedom to drive a car is not something to take for granted. This privilege can be taken away for both driving and non-driving offenses, and the process of getting it back is not always very easy. The State of Michigan will automatically suspend or revoke a driver’s license for certain violations. Whether your license is temporarily suspended or revoked, it’s likely that you’ll want to get it back as soon as possible to resume your life.
Driving under the influence (DUI) is an all too common way to have your license revoked. If you’re an Ann Arbor resident with a revoked or restricted license from a DUI your first step toward getting back on the road is to request a hearing with the Secretary of State. This must be done in writing and mailed in or submitted through the Secretary of State’s electronic system, DAIS (Driver Appeal Integrated System). The hearing itself is done in an office via live-video stream between a Washtenaw County Secretary of State location (on Maple Road or Washtenaw Ave) and one of the live-hearing offices in Livonia, Lansing, or Grand Rapids.
If you have a DUI on your record in Washtenaw County, you might be required to attend meetings at the local Alano Club. Fortunately, there is affordable and reliable public transportation within the city limits as well as to and from the airport via MichiganFlyer. The University of Michigan also provides bus service to students, employees, and visitors through the University’s own bus system, MagicBus. Ann Arbor is also host to the ride-sharing apps Uber and Lyft which could serve as temporary means of transportation.