Drivers license appeal process in Michigan with expert attorneys at Lakeshore Law and Mediation

The final step to drivers license restoration is getting a restricted license. 

This is the 4th, and final part of our series on the topic. 
Part 1: Preparing for Appeal
Part 2: Beginning the Appeal
Part 3: The Hearing


Drivers License Appeal Decision and Restricted License in MichiganWaiting for the Decision

After the drivers license restoration hearing is completed, there is nothing to do but wait for the results. At the hearing, the officer will explain that he/she is taking the appeal under advisement. However, no decision is made at the actual hearing.

Instead, you will receive a written copy of the decision via mail, which takes anywhere from 2-6 weeks.

When the decision arrives in your mailbox, and announces that you were successful, it will include additional instructions for reinstating your drivers license. This entails both installing an ignition interlock unit on your vehicle and going to the Secretary of State to get a restricted license.

If the decision arrives and denies your appeal, you must wait one full year to being the appeal process again.


Installing a Vehicle Ignition Interlock (Breathalyzer)

A vehicle ignition interlock, or breathalyzer, is required in your vehicle to restore your Michigan drivers licenseTo reinstate a Michigan drivers license after a DUI conviction, you MUST install an ignition interlock unit, also known as a breathalyzer, in the vehicle you will be driving. The State also needs verification that this was done. You will pay all the costs associated with the unit.

By law, you MUST have the breathalyzer installed and functioning for at least one year. That year starts only after you have provided verification of installation AND have received a valid restricted license.

You can drive with the ignition interlock as long as you wish, however, after a year has passed, you can go back to the State and file a new appeal to request its removal, as well as a full, unrestricted license.


Getting a Restricted License

The second part of restoring your license is to get a restricted license.

There are 2 options for a restricted license. 

  1. A General Restricted License allows you to drive back and forth to work, school, necessary medical treatment and AA or other support group meetings. There are no time limitations on this type of restricted license, so you can drive any time of the day, as long as its for the approved reasons.
  2. A Time-Based Restricted License allows you to drive for any reason during the approved times. For example, you may be able to drive between 8am and 8pm only (or the times identified by the State).


After One Year, Appeal for a Full License

In order to go from a restricted license to a full one with no restrictions, and have the ignition interlock system removed, you must go through another full license appeal.

This appeal is identical to the first one, except that you must also provide a ‘Final Report” from the ignition interlock company. It will include information about any violations that have occurred while it was installed.

If you’ve had a couple minor violations, don’t be overly concerned. It is common for them to happen in these situations.

However, if you have a major violation, it is a big deal and requires another Hearing, which will likely result in your license being revoked again.


Read Part 1: Preparing for Appeal >
Read Part 2: Beginning the Appeal Process >
Read Part 3: The Appeal 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.

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