How Can I Get My Revoked License Back in Michigan?


If your driver's license has been revoked due to multiple drunk driving convictions, you may be able to have your driving privilege restored - but it is a complicated process that is easier accomplished with the help of an experienced Michigan driver's license reinstatement attorney. At Grabel & Associates, we have a proven track record for getting drivers licenses restored for clients who have had theirs revoked due to drunk driving. We understand how essential driving is to living a normal life; we provide the guidance and support you need to ensure that your driving privilege is restored.

It is possible for an individual to have his or her license revoked for a lifetime, depending on how many drunk-driving convictions appear on the individual's driving record for a specified time period. However, it is possible to get it back, although the process is anything but simple. In order to have your license reinstated, you must file a request with DAAD, the Michigan Secretary of State's Driver Assessment and Appeal Division.

Restoring Your Michigan Driver's License Following Revocation

You may request a DAAD license restoration based on the following guidelines:

  • Two drunk driving convictions within a seven year time period will result in your license being revoked for life; you may request a DAAD hearing after one year has passed.
  • Three drunk driving convictions within a ten year time period will result in your license being revoked for life; you may request a DAAD hearing either after one year or five years, depending on whether your license has been revoked within the prior seven years.
  • You will be subject to a hard five-year revocation if your driving record includes a revocation within the seven years prior to a current revocation; this means you cannot request a DAAD license restoration hearing for five years.

We realize that this information can be difficult to understand; our attorneys will review your driving record in order to determine when you may be able to request a DAAD hearing with the Michigan SOS.

How to Request a Driver Assessment and Appeal Division Hearing

You must request a hearing with the Secretary of State's DAAD in order to have your license restored. There are several requirements in regards to documentation and a substance abuse evaluation. In order for your request for a hearing to be granted, all you need to obtain a hearing date is a completed substance abuse evaluation. This is a written report prepared by a qualified professional that essentially indicates to those who hear your case what testing instruments were used and the results of those tests, treatment and relapse history, diagnoses, etc.

What You Will Need at Your DAAD Hearing

In order to have your license restored successfully, you will be required to submit to a urinalysis, or 10-panel drug test. This test will indicate if there are any drugs in your system, which may have taken the place of alcohol.

At your hearing, you must also present testimonial letters which include detailed and specific information related to your drinking habits, whether at home, work, or in social settings. These letters are primarily used as further proof to hearing officers of your abstinence from alcohol, and that you will not be a risk in the future should your license be restored. These letters must be notarized. The rule regarding testimonials actually reads:

'The hearing officer may require that the petitioner present evidence from not less than 3 independent sources to corroborate the petitioner's behavior with respect to alcohol and controlled substances.'

Ultimately, the burden of proof is on YOU, and you must present "clear and convincing evidence" that your alcohol/substance abuse problem is under control. Keep in mind that hearing officers will be looking for any reason at all to deny restoring your driver's license, which is reason enough to hire a Michigan drivers license restoration attorney.

If your attempt to have your license restored fails, you will have to wait one full year before you can request another DAAD hearing. With each failed attempt, the next request becomes even more difficult as officers review past hearings to determine why your license was not restored. One way to prevent failure is to hire an attorney who can ensure that all documentation is in order, and that you are thoroughly prepared for your hearing.

If your license has been revoked, don't leave it to chance. Contact Grabel & Associates today at 1-800-677-9795.

Please note: Recently DLAD/DAAD changed their name to the Administrative Hearings Section (AHS). Common use of the name AHS has not yet been widely accepted and the entity responsible for driver’s license hearings is still referred to as DLAD/DAAD in almost all legal areas, which is why we continue to use the term “DLAD/DAAD” throughout our website. More information about this change can be found at the Michigan Secretary of State’s website here.