How to Request a Driver's License Hearing in Michigan


If your driver's license has been suspended in Michigan due to one or more DUI convictions, a drug conviction, or for any reason, you will need to request a driver's license hearing with the DAAD (Driver Assessment and Appeal Division) of the Secretary of State. This is a complicated process; you may want to consider consulting with a highly experienced Michigan driver's license reinstatement attorney who can guide you through the entire process to ensure the best possible results.

It is important to note that in a hearing with the DAAD, you will be the one with the burden of proof, unlike with a criminal case in which you are assumed innocent until proven guilty. In a hearing to request your driver's license be reinstated, the state automatically presumes that your driving privilege will not be restored. Therefore, you must provide evidence to hearing officers that is "clear and convincing" in order for your driver's license to be restored.

Written Request for Driver's License Hearing in Michigan

Regardless of the reason you are requesting a hearing, all requests must be made in writing and mailed or faxed to:

Legal and Regulatory Services Administration
P O Box 30196
Lansing, MI 48909-76961
Or fax request to: 517-335-2190

Reasons for requesting a driver's license hearing in Michigan include appealing a denial for restoration of your driver's license by the branch office, denial of restoration due to multiple convictions for substance (alcohol, drug) abuse, or suspension of your license due to an out-of-state substance abuse conviction related to an arrest which occurred before October 1st of 1999.

Individuals who appeal a driver's license denial or revocation due to multiple substance abuse convictions will be required to provide documentation that supports their sobriety. These documents may include those that prove attendance of support meetings, support letters from members of the community, current substance abuse evaluation, and more.

Individuals who have had their licenses suspended out-of-state must send in a request in writing to the above address as well, along with other proof which can be found at the Department of State website.

Anyone with questions regarding appeal rights or how to request a driver's license hearing in Michigan should consult with a capable and aggressive driver's license reinstatement attorney, as a failed attempt to have your license restored will result in a one year waiting period before you can request another DAAD hearing.

If your license has been suspended or revoked and you are uncertain of how to proceed to have your driving privilege restored, contact Grabel & Associates now 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.