Letters of Reference for Driver's License Restoration

Michigan residents who are seeking to have their driving privileges reinstated must submit a number of letters of reference to the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division of the Secretary of State office. If your license has been suspended or revoked, you can petition to have it restored; however, you can file only one such petition per year. Supporting your petition with the most effective letters of reference is therefore crucial to your success.

The experienced driver's license restoration attorneys at Grabel & Associates can help you gather and submit the letters of reference most likely to succeed on your behalf. We offer a free consultation, accept all credit cards, and are accessible 24/7: Call today to discuss the particulars of your own circumstances!


Letters of reference for reinstatement hearings may come from your family members, friends, sobriety sponsors, co-workers, or other respected members of your community. The letter writers must:

  • have personal knowledge regarding your sobriety and be able to state, based on that knowledge, that your problems with drugs or alcohol are now under control;
  • state that the risk that you will operate a vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol is now low; and
  • describe your most recent incident of intoxication.

Having worked with thousands of letters of reference and seen what works and what doesn't, the attorneys at Grabel & Associates are ready to help you determine which letter writers would be most credible and most effective to write letters on your behalf. Once we help you determine whom to ask for such letters, we will help ensure that the letters tell a consistent and convincing story about your progress to recovery and continued sobriety.


Over the course of hundreds of license restoration hearings, we have learned that you are better off with a few detailed and well written letters than with tens of letters that are vague or don't reflect much knowledge about your sobriety and experiences. We also know that letters written more than ninety days prior to the hearing will not be effective and are considered untimely. The letters must demonstrate detailed knowledge of your recent circumstances. They must clearly assert the writer's opinion that the risk that you would drive while impaired is now low. They also have to be signed, dated, and notarized. The experienced Michigan attorneys at Grabel & Associates will aggressively ensure that your letters will make a compelling case for the restoration of your driver's license.


Attorneys are professional writers and editors. We know that every word carries weight and that every detail can either support or shatter credibility. At Grabel & Associates, our lawyers analyze each letter of reference submitted for our clients. Line by line and word for word, we make sure that the letter will help rather than hurt your case. We know what to look for. And since Grabel & Associates provides clients a written guarantee (that, if we don't succeed in getting your driver's license restored at the first hearing, we will represent you at no charge in any future hearings), we make sure that the letters are right the first time.

To discuss potential letters of reference with an experienced Michigan drivers' license restoration attorney, please contact us by calling 1-800-677-9795 (toll free) or by filling out and submitting our online "Contact Us" form.

We offer a free consultation and a written guarantee. The attorneys at Grabel & Associates serve clients in communities across Michigan, including Lansing, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Mount Pleasant, Saginaw, Ann Arbor, Detroit and Northern Michigan.

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

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