Information about the Driver Responsibility Fee Community Service Program
The last date to apply for the Driver Responsibility Fee Community Service Program is December 31, 2015. Applications for the program must be postmarked by this date in order to be accepted. Community Service will still need to be completed within 45 days of approval of the application, and the verification sent into the Department of Treasury.
Driver Responsibility Fee Community Service Notification Letters were sent to individuals with qualifying assessments beginning December 19, 2014. The notification letter explains which assessments qualify for community service. The notification also includes an application pre-filled with qualifying and non-qualifying assessments. The letters were sent to the last known address on record. Please follow the instructions on the letter and application form; fill out the application form completely and send all pages to the address listed on the form.
Law changes effective October 1, 2015
Public Act 250 of 2014 amends the Driver Responsibility Law to gradually phase out the Driver Responsibility Fees beginning October 1, 2015.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Driver Responsibility Fee Community Service Program
Community Service Application to Request Driver Responsibility Fee (DRF) WaiverIf you have not received a letter stating that you are eligible to participate in the Driver Responsibility Fee Community Service Program, please contact the Michigan Department of Treasury to determine if you have qualifying assessments before filling out an application. If you have qualifying assessments Treasury will mail you pre-populated application. Only the following fees qualify under the Community Service Program:
- No Proof of Insurance
- No Insurance
- Drove without Proper License/Endorsement/Vehicle Group Designator
- Drove While License Expired
- Drove While Unlicensed or License Not Valid
Law Changes Effective April 1, 2013Public Act 203 Amends the Driver Responsibility law regarding driver license reinstatement
- Law Changes Effective October 1, 2012 Starting October 1, 2012, some driver responsibility fees will be eliminated.
Drivers with seven points or more on their driving record will receive fee assessments.As of November of 2006, point assessments will be issued.
If you have received an "Order of Action" notice alerting you of a Driver Responsibility Fee Suspension
Second Year Driver Responsibility Fee NoticesStarting in April 2005 second year Driver Responsibility Fee notices will be issued.
Periodically the Michigan Department of Treasury experiences extremely high call volumes, which may result in lengthy wait time. For your convenience, the Michigan Department of Treasury, Driver Responsibility Fee Information Line has extended hours of:
What is Driver Responsibility
Its purpose is to encourage traffic safety by deterring potentially dangerous driving behavior. Other states, including New Jersey and Texas, have implemented similar laws. Michigan's Driver Responsibility Law calls for a monetary assessment for drivers who:
- Are convicted of specific qualifying offenses, or
- Accumulate seven or more qualifying points on their driving records