Get Your Drivers License Back by Filing for Appeal in Michigan -

The second step to getting your drivers license restored in Michigan is to file an appeal. 

This is the 2nd of a 4-part series on the topic.
Read part 1: Preparing for Appeal >
Read part 3: Beginning the Appeal >
Read Part 4: After the Appeal >


Official MI Driving Record Request FormFiling an Appeal for Drivers License Restoration in Michigan

The first step to getting your license back is to get a copy of your driving record. There are 2 ways to accomplish this.

  1. Online using the “Request Your Own Driving Record” form on the Michigan Department of State website. The report will be mailed to you.
  2. Go to any MI Secretary of State Super Center and request it there. You do not need to fill out the form if you go in-person.

Obtaining an official copy of your driving record is crucial. It ensures you are eligible to begin the drivers license restoration appeals process based on your conviction and mandatory minimum revocation time. It also helps to ensure that nothing missed when filling out the initial appeals forms.


Request for Hearing

After your driving record confirms that you are eligible to appeal, the next step is to fill out a Request for Hearing form. This 10-page document, provided by the State of MI, asks many types of questions about you. You fill out the first 8-pages, either alone or with your attorney’s help.

The final 2-pages are completed by a licensed substance-abuse therapist. This Substance Use Evaluation includes the results of written tests you take with the therapist, and the interview he/she conducts with you. It is a very important part of the process. In it, the therapist provides a Prognosis, which is his/her educated prediction about how likely you are to remain alcohol and drug-free.

This Prognosis is a crucial consideration point for the Hearing Officer.


Drivers License Appeal LettersTestimonial Letters from Your Support System

Your appeal is also required to include up to 6 Letters of Support (Testimonial Letters) from people who make up a cross-section of your community. This means that letters should come from a broad range of people, including family, friends, co-workers, fellow support-group members, religious leaders or others.

These letters will be reviewed carefully by the Hearing Officer, who is looking for very specific information.

It is not enough to simply say that you are a good person, no longer drink and deserve to get your license back.

Instead, they want to know details about:

  • How long the writer has known you and in what capacity
  • What you were like when you were drinking, and how you’re different now
  • What they know of your involvement in treatment programs and support groups.

If it’s anything less than this, the Officer will ignore the letter completely.

Letters must be signed, dated and notarized, with a complete address and phone number where the writer can be reached. Otherwise, they will also be ignored.


10-Panel Urinalysis Drug Screen

The final part of the Hearing Request is to submit a 10-panel urinalysis drug screen with a current laboratory report that includes at least two urine integrity variables.

Failure to provide a passing report will result in automatic denial.


Drivers License Appeal Time LimitTiming is Everything: You have 90 Days

All of the paperwork and reports outlined above must be dated within 90-days when submitting them to the State or the appeal will be denied. Even if only one document has not been dated within the past 90 days, you will be denied and must wait another full year to appeal again.

You are allowed only one appeal in a 12-month period. 

In addition to the timing requirement, the documents submitted must include the exact information that the State wants. This is where an attorney experienced drivers license restoration is absolutely vital! The attorney will walk you through the process to be sure your appeal meets the guidelines.


Read Part 1: Preparing for Appeal >
Read Part 3: The Appeal Hearing >
Read Part 4: After the Hearing >

Contact Lakeshore Law and Mediation Center for Expert Legal help to get your license restored. We will guide you through the process and vastly improve your chances of getting back on the road.

Call us at 616.844.4091 or email us below for expert help!


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