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Driving privileges and sanctions

  • If you are in-state, or out-of-state and are appealing the loss of your driving privileges send a completed Request for Hearing and Substance Abuse Evaluation form to the Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight online or by mail.

    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 had a suspended or restricted driver license and the suspension or restriction period is over, go to your local Secretary of State branch office with sufficient identification and your Social Security number to apply for your driver's license. You may owe a reinstatement fee depending on the type of suspension.

    If you have a revoked or denied driver license, depending on your driving record, you may have to go to the Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight or Circuit Court for an appeal hearing before your driver's license can be reinstated.

    For further assistance please contact our Information Center at 1-888-SOS-MICH (1-888-767-6424).  

  • When you receive four points in any two-year period, you will receive a letter advising you that you have more points than the average Michigan driver and need to be careful of your driving habits. At eight points, you will receive a warning letter which advises you that you are nearing the point where you will be scheduled for a reexamination if you do not improve your driving habits. At twelve points, you will be requested to come in for a driver reexamination at which time, your driving privileges could be suspended.

  • Points remain on a driving record for two years from the date of conviction.

    Insurance laws dictate the point system used by the insurance companies.

  • Tickets remain on your record for a minimum of seven years, depending on the type of license and the type of ticket(s) received.

    Alcohol and controlled substances related driving convictions remain on your record for life.