Secretary of State
As of Oct. 1, 2021, due to a change in state law, driver's license suspensions will be lifted if they were issued for failing to pay tickets or court fines or failing to appear in court for some violations (a list of the violations is included below).
If you are impacted by this change, the Michigan Department of State (MDOS) is mailing you a letter. The letter is being mailed to the address listed on your driving record and should arrive within the first two weeks of October.
The letter lists the violations and suspensions that would be cleared from your record and states if you need to take additional action to resume driving. You will be able to resume driving even if you owe fees for non-moving violations, however, you are still responsible for paying those fees. If you have suspensions on your record for other violations, you will not be eligible to resume driving until they are cleared. You can purchase a copy of your driving record through your MDOS online account.
To obtain your driving record, please visit Michigan.gov/SOS and select Online Services. On this page, locate the panel titled Driver's License and ID and select the More Driver Services link. Then, follow the prompts to create or log into your account.
Once you are past the MiLogin screen, pull up your profile page in online services and select "Request Driving Record" from the menu to the right side of the page. Please follow the prompts to purchase your record.
After submitting your payment information, you will see a screen summarizing your transaction and providing the option to print your receipt and view transaction documents. Select the "View Transaction Documents" button to access your driving record (ignore the button labeled "Request Driving Record" - this will take you back to the beginning of the transaction).
Please note, the link for your electronic driving record is only accessible for seven days once you order it. During the seven-day period, you may view your driving record as many times as you need to. Log into your account and choose the option to "View Transaction History" to access it. We recommend you save your driving record to your device so that you may conveniently view it for more than seven days.
What violations are covered by the change in the law?
The law will impact driver licenses suspended due to failing to comply with judgment (FCJ), such as failing to pay a ticket, or failing to appear in court (FAC) for the following violations:
Will the FCJ/FAC suspensions be removed from my driving record altogether?
Even though the qualifying FCJ/FAC suspensions will be marked as cleared and are no longer in effect, they will still appear as entries on your driving record.
Where can I go for additional information or help?
The Department of State will be hosting information sessions and virtual clinics in the coming weeks for drivers with questions. Please revisit this web page for updates and more information.
Additional resources and help are available through the following local and state organizations: