Michigan Drivers

License Restoration


Once your Michigan operator’s license has been revoked or suspended, it’s very difficult to get it back. It’s almost impossible to have your Michigan driving privileges restored without the assistance of an attorney who has extensive experience with the Michigan drivers license restoration process.

I have over three decades of experience successfully representing hundreds of clients through the license review and appeal process.  I welcome the opportunity to answer your questions about Michigan drivers license restoration.


Losing your driving privileges can range from a restricted license to license suspension to license revocation.

A restricted license means that you have limited driving privileges, such as only driving to and from work or school or to an alcohol or drug treatment program.

A suspension means that your license is suspended altogether for a definite period of time. A suspension has a “from” and “through” date. When the “through” date is reached, the driver may have driving privileges restored upon the payment of a reinstatement fee as long as no additional violations occur during the time of suspension.

The most serious action is a driver’s license revocation. When your license is revoked that means you can no longer operate a motor vehicle. It is the outright termination of driving privileges.  A license can be revoked or denied for multiple drunk driving convictions as well as a single conviction of OWI Causing Serious Bodily Injury or Death.


When your Michigan driving privileges are revoked, it is for a minimum of one year for a first revocation and for a minimum of five years for a subsequent revocation within seven years of a prior revocation. After the minimum period of license revocation, the driver whose license was revoked may apply for a hearing before the Administrative Hearings Section (AHS) of the Secretary of State for license restoration. Petitioners are eligible for one hearing per year.

Before requesting a hearing, a person must complete a substance abuse evaluation. Once this evaluation is completed, a hearing is scheduled.

You must show with clear and convincing evidence that you no longer continue to drink and drive. There has to be proof that any alcohol or substance abuse problems are under control and likely to remain under control. Also, you have to show that you are at low or minimal risk of repeating the act of drunk driving. In addition, you must demonstrate the ability and motivation to drive safely and within the law.

Evidence such as letters and documentation of sobriety, proof of involvement with a treatment program or support program, etc., are encouraged. This evidence helps the Hearing Officer make a decision whether to authorize restricted or full driving privileges.

Hearing Officers have the final decision-making authority. If your license has been revoked, any restoration of driving privileges must include the installation of a breath alcohol ignition interlock device (BAIID) for a minimum of one year.


If you’ve had your license suspended for excessive points, multiple accidents or driving while your license was suspended, there are two ways to go about a Michigan drivers license restoration. You can either file a hardship appeal with the circuit court or you may appeal directly to the Administrative Hearings Section (AHS) of the Secretary of State. However, if you’ve had your license revoked for multiple drunk driving convictions, your only course of appeal for a Michigan drivers license restoration is to the AHS.

If your license has been revoked for any reason, you need an experienced attorney with a thorough understanding of the AHS rules that govern the circumstances under which an operator’s license may be restored.  Again, you only get one hearing each year, so you want to make sure you take full advantage of this opportunity.


If you’re currently serving a period of driver’s license revocation, it’s important that you obtain sound legal advice regarding the steps you should take to significantly increase the likelihood of receiving a restricted license when you apply to the Administrative Hearings Section. Only an experienced attorney who focuses on Michigan drivers license restoration will be competent to properly advise you as to these important rules and standards. Contact Attorney Edward Duke today for a free initial case evaluation.

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Michigan Drivers License Restoration
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Michigan Drivers License Restoration
There are many things to know about Michigan Drivers License Restoration. Attorney Edward Duke explains the difference between a restricted license, a suspension and a revocation and provides pertinent information.
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