Driver Assessment Reexamination Process

The privilege to drive is often taken for granted, but you may lose your privilege to drive for many reasons. The Secretary of State's Driver Assessment Section is responsible for conducting driver reexaminations as authorized by the Michigan Vehicle Code. The purpose of a reexamination is to determine your ability to drive safely and if any licensing controls should be imposed.

Michigan law allows for a driver reexamination based upon one or more of the following criteria:

  • You have received tickets while on probation.
  • The Secretary of State has reason to believe that you cannot operate a motor vehicle safely due to a mental or physical condition.
  • You have been involved in a fatal crash.
  • You have been involved in three or more traffic crashes within a two-year period where the crash report indicates you were at fault.
  • You have accumulated 12 or more points within a two-year period.
  • You have been convicted of violating the restrictions, terms or conditions of your license.

If you are scheduled for a driver assessment reexamination, you will receive a notice telling you when and where to appear. Your reexamination will include time for the driver assessment analyst to review your driver record and discuss your driving behavior with you. You may be required to pass vision and knowledge tests as well as an on-road performance test. You may also be required to provide a medical or vision statement for review. 

At the conclusion of your driver assessment reexamination, your license may be unaffected, or it may be restricted, suspended or revoked depending on a number of factors. These factors include the type of violation or unsafe driving behavior involved, your driver record, and your willingness to comply with assessment recommendations and requirements. License restrictions allow you to drive under certain terms and conditions that will be stated on your restricted license. A license suspension means that your driving privileges are taken away for a determined period of time, ranging from days to months. A license revocation means that you must wait one to five years before you are eligible to reapply for possible re-licensure. If your license is restricted, suspended, or revoked, you will be given your appeal rights and licensing reinstatement information.

Related Documents
Physical and Mental Standards for Drivers PDF icon
Physician's Statement of Examination (DA-4P) PDF icon
Request for Driver Evaluation (DA-88) PDF icon
Vision Specialist's Statement of Examination (DI-4V) PDF icon
Visual Standards for Motor Vehicle Drivers' Licenses PDF icon
What Every Driver Must Know PDF icon
You Are At Risk Brochure PDF icon
Your Probationary License Brochure PDF icon