How Can I Get My Suspended License Back in Michigan?


You may have lost your Michigan driver's license due to multiple convictions for DUI, or because of a drug conviction. Or, your license may have been suspended or restricted for a traffic violation such as speeding or reckless driving, and now the suspension period has lapsed. There are many reasons a driver's license may be suspended. If the suspension period is over, simply go to the local branch office of the Secretary of State (SOS) in your area to apply for your driver's license. You will need your social security number and another sufficient form of ID to apply, and could possibly be required to pay a reinstatement fee depending on the reason for the suspension.

If your driver's license has been suspended due to refusal of a chemical test, a second DUI or drug-related driving offense, a third offense within a ten year time frame or driving while your license is suspended, you will need to consult with a skilled Michigan driver's license restoration attorney. At Grabel & Associates, our team has the experience, knowledge, and dedicated approach necessary for a good outcome. We have an exceptional track record for having our clients' driving privileges reinstated. However, the process is complex so you will need an attorney for guidance and legal support.

Appealing Your Driver's License Suspension

If your license has been suspended due to multiple convictions of substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, etc.) you will need to request a hearing before the DAAD (Driver Assessment and Appeal Division) of the Michigan Secretary of State, formerly known as DLAD.

As mentioned earlier, this is a complicated process in which you must prepare, and present documentation that proves your sobriety, and your likelihood to abstain from alcohol/drugs or substances which led to your license being suspended. You will also be required to provide letters of reference from those who know you well and can confirm your sobriety.

Being Prepared and Presenting the Necessary Documents Increases Your Chance of Success at the Hearing

You may be required to submit a substance abuse evaluation prior to your DAAD hearing; in addition, you will need documentation of your treatment and relapse history, in addition to the letters of reference mentioned above. Your Michigan driver's license restoration lawyer can help make certain you are well prepared, so that the hearing goes smoothly and you have the best chance of having your suspension lifted. It may be necessary to prepare witnesses, obtain police records, or take other steps that will ensure you make a favorable impression. Your attorney will also assist you in preparing for questioning, and the 10-panel drug test screening.

We understand that having your license suspended creates a hardship, and that it is difficult to live a normal life without having the privilege to drive. Without the support and skill of an experienced lawyer, you are putting your chance at having your license restored in jeopardy. If you fail, you will have to wait for one year before filing another request. Contact Grabel & Associates today; we are dedicated to getting you back on the road so that you can live a normal life. Call us 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.