Revocation of Driver's License in Michigan


Driving is a privilege that no one wants to be without. When your driver's license is revoked, getting it reinstated is a complicated process that requires the guidance of a skilled Michigan driver's license restoration attorney. At Grabel & Associates, our team of lawyers has the hands-on experience and knowledge of the process necessary to help you get your driving privilege restored.

Having your license revoked is more serious than having it suspended. When your driver's license has been revoked, you will be eligible to reapply after a one-year time period - and this applies to the first time it is revoked. If your license is revoked for a second time, you will be able to reapply after five years. However, in either case there is no guarantee that you will be able to get your driving license restored. As you can see, having your license revoked is serious business.

Reasons for Michigan Driver's License Revocation

There are several reasons that your Michigan driver's license may be revoked. Revocation occurs when it is determined that you cannot safely operate a vehicle due to physical, mental, or other issues which may include a conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Other situations which may lead to revocation of your license include reckless driving, committing a felony in which a motor vehicle was used, and causing an accident in which a serious injury or death occurred, then leaving the scene.

The Secretary of State is required by law to revoke individuals' driver's licenses for specific violations. Whether your license is suspended or revoked depends on factors including but not limited to your driving record, the circumstances for which your license may be revoked (type of violation or driving behavior deemed to be unsafe), and how willing you are to comply assessment requirements and recommendations.

Revocation is the most serious action that can be taken against an individual's driver's license, and defined as the termination of the operator's license and privilege to operate a motor vehicle in MCL 257.52.

What is Required to Have Your Driving Privilege Restored?

Your driving privilege will not automatically be restored once the revocation period has ended. You must attend a Driver Assessment reexamination; in this reexamination, it will be necessary to prove that the condition that led to your license being revoked (substance or alcohol abuse, for example) is no longer an issue. In some instances, individuals may be required to submit evidence for further proof that they are qualified to drive such as evidence of sobriety, a substance abuse evaluation form, or a statement of examination written by your physician. There are also other requirements that may apply in certain circumstances.

Restoration is frequently denied, which is why it is critical that you obtain the skill and guidance of an experienced Michigan driver's license restoration attorney. Ultimately, the hearing officers must be thoroughly convinced that an individual whose license has been revoked can now be considered a safe, responsible driver. As mentioned previously, the process is complex. There are many areas involved and evidence required in a restoration hearing. Only a knowledgeable attorney will be effective in assisting you with the process.

At Grabel & Associates, we are widely known for our positive record for having clients' driving privileges restored. Contact us online or call our office immediately for a free consultation 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.