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Preparing for Your Driver License Appeal Hearing
Request for Hearing form and a
Substance Abuse Evaluation form to AHS at the address below.
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
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
Administrative Hearings Section
P.O. Box 30196
Lansing, MI 48909-7696
Additional Documentation of Petitioner's Past and Current Substance Abuse
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.
- What their relationship is to you.
- How long they have known you.
- How often they see you.
- Have them describe their knowledge of your past and current use of
alcohol and/or drugs including frequency of use, amount used, beverage
and/or drug of choice, etc.
- When the last time was they saw or had knowledge that you had used any
alcohol and/or drugs.
- What their knowledge is of your past and current involvement in
treatment and/or a support group.
- Have them include other information they believe is important.
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.
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If you were issued restrictions which included an ignition interlock requirement
you should submit the ignition interlock Final Report along with your
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.