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Preparing for Your Driver License Appeal Hearing
Please submit your request for a hearing with a current substance abuse evaluation, dated not more than 3 months before the date it will be received by the Department. If you do not already have a substance abuse counselor, please check your local yellow page listings for a counselor in your area. The substance abuse counselor will prepare the evaluation and provide you with the completed form for your appeal hearing. Your substance abuse evaluation should be current.
You may be represented by legal counsel if you wish. Please advise the Department of your attorney's name, address, and telephone number. A recorded message regarding the appeal/reinstatement process in AHS is available by calling our Information Center at 1-888-SOS-MICH (1-888-767-6424).
Michigan Department of State
Additional Documentation of Petitioner's Past and Current Substance Abuse History:
You must obtain documentation of your drinking and drug use habits in the form of notarized letters from people in your community who have frequent contact with you and may know something about your drinking habits and/or use of controlled substances. These would include immediate family members, other relatives, employers, friends, pastors, local police, a recognized support group such as 12 step meetings or Women for Sobriety, neighbors or others with whom you associate. It is required you submit at least 3 letters, but not more than six. These letters should be signed, notarized and dated and include the complete mailing address and daytime telephone number of the writer, and contain at least the following information about you. Please do not use form letters.
Note: Please keep copies of your letters documenting your substance abuse history and evaluation and submit the originals. Copies will not be made for you at the hearing or reexamination.
If you were issued restrictions which included an ignition interlock requirement you should submit the ignition interlock Final Report along with your other documentation.
Unprepared petitioners should request the hearing be adjourned rather than fail to appear, as they are not eligible for another hearing for up to one year from the date of the scheduled hearing.
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