Out of State Driver's License Restoration


At Grabel & Associates, our Michigan out of state driver's license restoration attorneys are experienced, skilled and capable. We understand that when your driver's license has been suspended or permanently revoked in the state of Michigan and you now live in another state, you cannot apply for a driver's license in your current state of residence because Michigan essentially has a "hold" on your driving record. Whether you now live in New York, Texas, Idaho or any other state in the U.S., we can help.

An individual's driver's license is permanently revoked after that person has been convicted two or more times within a seven year period for drunk driving. However, the word "permanently" can be misleading, as the individual may apply for a license after the eligibility date.

Our Michigan driver’s license lawyers understand that coming back to Michigan can create a hardship, and that you have questions. Can you afford to come back to Michigan, either in terms of time or money? Is it required that you return to Michigan to attend a DAAD/DLAD hearing?

Having your driver's license restored when you live out of state differs in one important respect

Motorists who live in the state of Michigan and who desire to have their license restored must resolve the situation through a DAAD (Driver Assessment and Appeal Division) hearing. However, out of state license restoration is different in that you also have the option of obtaining an administrative review by mail. You can choose to return to the state for a live hearing, or submit the necessary documentation by mail.

Basically, the same information is required regardless of which process you choose. However, because the information/documentation required is quite complex, it is recommended that you consult with a trusted Michigan driver's license restoration attorney who is familiar with out of state cases, and who can help ensure that you have all of the required information in order so that your efforts to have your license restored are successful.

While an administrative review has definite advantages, submitting a request for a review is not a simple process

Certainly most individuals would rather not travel back to Michigan unless absolutely necessary and this is one advantage of choosing an administrative review. However, you must provide documentation that is clear and convincing regarding your substance abuse issues and demonstrating that you will remain clean and sober. You will need to prove the following in order to have your Michigan driver‘s license restored:

  • You have your alcohol and/or substance abuse problem under control and it will stay under control
  • The odds that you will relapse into past abusive behavior and consume alcohol or abuse substances is minimal
  • You are capable of driving safely and adhering to the laws, and are motivated to do so

It is also required that you prove you have been sober for 12 months. This evidence MUST be clear and convincing.

In addition, you must submit a substance abuse evaluation that complies with the DLAD requirements; unfortunately, many out-of-state evaluations do not meet these requirements.

The fact is, Michigan out of state driver’s license restoration can be an intimidating and complex process

This all sounds a bit overwhelming when all you want is to have your driver's license restored, and in fact it is. When you live out of state you have two opportunities; if your administrative review is not a success, you can return to Michigan for an in-person hearing. If the information you submit after requesting an administrative review does not meet DLAD requirements, you will have to wait another year as you are only allowed one review in a 12 month period. The same is true should you choose a license reinstatement hearing - you have one chance in a one-year time period to win back your driving privileges.

The truth of the matter is that it's to your benefit to hire a Michigan out of state driver’s license restoration attorney who can assist you in the preparation of your documentation. Your lawyer can also help determine whether it is more beneficial for you to travel to Michigan for the DAAD/DLAD hearing, or whether an administrative review is appropriate.

Grabel & Associates is dedicated to providing our clients with unparalleled legal guidance and representation. If you have moved out of the state of Michigan and need help having your driver's license restored so that you can apply in your current state of residence, contact us at 1-800-677-9798 today.

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.