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Driver assessment reexaminations (Choose tab)
The Michigan Department of State has authority under the Michigan Vehicle Code, Act 300 PA 149, as amended, to reexamine drivers, and upon good cause, restrict, suspend, or revoke driving privileges.
Reasons why you may be referred for a driver assessment reexamination
Origination of a driver assessment reexamination referral
Notification by the Department
Requesting an adjournment of a driver assessment reexamination
Driver assessment reexamination formats
Driver assessment reexamination process (what to expect)
Possible outcomes of a driver assessment reexamination (licensing controls)
Appealing a driver assessment imposed licensing control
Driver rehabilitation and other resources
Concerns presented to the Department regarding your ability to meet the State’s Physical, Mental, and Vision Standards, and ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.
- MCL 257.320 (1)(a)
- Physical and Mental Standard for Drivers (R257.851 – R 257.857)
- Visual Standards for Motor Vehicle Drivers’ Licenses (R 257.1 – 257.5)
Involvement in a fatal crash.
Involvement in three or more negligent crashes in a two-year period (Traffic Crash Report completed by investigating law enforcement officer indicates fault).
Convictions for traffic offenses while on probation.
New drivers, including teen drivers under Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), are placed on probation for a minimum of three years. The probationary period is a way for the Secretary of State to monitor the driving performance of new drivers. Although probation is a separate program from GDL, the objective of both programs is to help inexperienced drivers reduce their crash risk and drive safely.
Convictions for violations of restrictions, terms, or conditions of your driver’s license (including violations of restrictions imposed through the Graduated Driver’s License program).
Too many points
Accumulation of 12 or more points in a two-year period.
Request for Driver Evaluation (DA-88)
A Request for Driver Evaluation may be submitted by law enforcement, the medical community, Secretary of State office staff, the legal community, adult protective services, concerned citizens, friends, and family.
Note: The Department does not accept anonymous requests and the submitter’s information is kept confidential to the extent permitted by Michigan and Federal laws. As the driver licensing agency for the State, the Department relies on cooperation of individuals to alert of alleged incidents or hazardous driving involving drivers whose skills may be diminished. Maintaining confidentiality of that information is essential to protect privacy and prevent retaliation.
Michigan Driving Record
Convictions posted to the Michigan Driving Record:
- During the probationary period
- Constitute a violation of restrictions
- Result in three or more negligent crashes in a two-year period
- Result in 12 or more points accumulated in a two-year period
- Reflect involvement in a fatal crash
Medical forms required
If required, correspondence including medical forms to be completed by you and the respective physician will be mailed to the driver’s address on file with the Secretary of State.
You may receive supplemental addendums depending on the nature of the medical condition(s) being reviewed.
Notice to Appear
Once scheduled for a reexamination, a Notice to Appear containing the date, time, and location will be mailed to the driver’s address on file with the Secretary of State. Scheduling of reexaminations is completed by the Department.
You may request an adjournment of a scheduled reexamination for reasonable cause. Requests must be received in writing no later than 48 hours prior to the date / time of the reexamination. Approval of an adjournment request is not automatically granted by meeting the timeframe requirement. The reason for reexamination and evidence available to the Department is reviewed in its entirety.
E-mail the request to TrafficSafetySOS@Michigan.gov. Include your name, driver’s license number, justification for requesting the adjournment, and phone number.
Approval or denial of the request will be confirmed by the Department. Reasons why an adjournment request may be denied include, but are not limited to, prior approval of an adjournment request and traffic safety related concerns.
If you are referred for a reexamination due to concerns regarding meeting the State’s Physical, Mental, and Vision Standards, and ability to operate a motor vehicle safely, you must appear in person. The reexamination will be conducted with the Driver Assessment analyst in person. This also applies for referrals due to multiple negligent crashes in a two-year period and involvement in a fatal crash.
Vision screening, a general knowledge test, and an on-road test may be required.
In-person, by video
If you are referred for a reexamination that does not require testing (e.g. convictions for traffic offenses while on probation) you are required to appear in-person. The Driver Assessment analyst may conduct the reexamination through use of video from another Driver Assessment office location.
If you are referred for a reexamination due to violation of restrictions, or accumulation of 12 or more points in a two-year period, the reexamination will be conducted through a review of the Michigan driving Record. Appearance is not required.
The reexamination is conducted by a Driver Assessment analyst. At the time you appear, the analyst will make introductions and explain the purpose of the reexamination.
Depending on the reason for the reexamination testing may be required. Testing includes vision screening and a general knowledge test. When appropriate, an on-road test may also be required. These will be administered onsite by the Driver Assessment analyst.
The Driver Assessment analyst will discuss the concerns, the Michigan Driving Record, and their review of any required medical forms, when appropriate. They will also discuss concerns regarding driving behavior and risks to traffic safety. The analyst will explain the relevant areas of the Michigan Vehicle Code and administrative rules that apply to your circumstance.
Upon completion of the reexamination the Driver Assessment analyst will prepare and present an Order of Action summarizing the reexamination and detailing any licensing controls imposed.
To prepare for the general knowledge test and on-road test you may review:
Restrictions (Terms and conditions)
License restrictions allow you to drive under certain terms and conditions that will be noted on your restricted license and Michigan Driving Record.
A license suspension means that your driving privileges are taken away for a determined period of time, ranging from days to months.
An Indefinite period of suspension may be imposed pending receipt of evidence of meeting the State’s standards and demonstrating the ability to operate a motor vehicle safely.
A license revocation means that you must wait one to five years before you are eligible to reapply for possible re-licensure.
Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight
You may appeal the restrictions, suspension, revocation, or other requirement ordered at the Driver Assessment reexamination to the Department’s Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight. Your request for appeal must be filed with the Secretary of State within 14 days of the reexamination.
You may do so online using DAIS – the Driver Appeals Integrated System. To use DAIS you must first set up an account by following the online instructions at: https://milogin.michigan.gov
You may appeal the restrictions, suspension, revocation, or other requirement ordered at the Driver Assessment reexamination to the circuit court of your county of residence. You must contact that circuit court directly regarding their process.
Bioptic / Telescopic Lens Use
If you are eligible, complete training with one of the following professionals using a BTL:
- Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS)
- Occupational Therapist (OT) / Certified Driving Instructor (CDI)
- Another equivalent certified professional
You may only drive with one of the above professionals and must comply with all Telescopic Lens restrictions.
Prior to your on-road driving skills test, you will need to:
- Submit a completed Vision Specialist’s Statement of Examination form, signed by your licensed vision specialist
- Complete and pass the written driver knowledge exam at a Secretary of State office
Once you pass the written driver knowledge exam; complete training with the CDRS, OT/CDI, or the equivalent; and provide a receipt of the evaluation, contact the Michigan Department of State Driver Assessment Section at TrafficSafetySOS@Michigan.gov to schedule a driver assessment reexamination.
If the evaluation of your assessment is favorable, your will be scheduled for a road test that will be administered by a Driver Assessment analyst.
If the road test is passed, the restriction to drive only while accompanied by a CDRS, OT/CDI, or equivalent is removed.
If you are under the age of 18, you must follow the rules and requirements of the Graduated Driver License (GDL) program, the three-year probationary license requirements, and BTL requirement.
All drivers who require the bioptic / telescopic lens restriction must submit an updated Vision Specialist’s Statement of Examination annually. The Department will mail correspondence and the required form.
See Rehabilitation Agencies and Resources List
Alternative Forms of Transportation
See Alternative Transportation Services/Transit Authorities by County
Notifying the Department of a potentially unsafe driver (Choose tab)
It is the responsibility of the Department to ensure drivers are competent and safe. To help achieve this goal, there is a formal process to report concerns about a potentially unsafe driver.
Completing a Request for Driver Evaluation (DA-88)
Submitting a Request for Driver Evaluation (DA-88)
Confidentiality of the Request for Driver Evaluation (DA-88)
Confirmation of receipt of the Request for Driver Evaluation (DA-88)
The Request for Driver Evaluation (DA-88) form may be submitted by law enforcement, the medical community, Secretary of State office staff, the legal community, adult protective services, concerned citizens, friends, and family.
When completing the form, you must:
- Include your name, address, phone number, and signature.
- Anonymous submissions are not accepted.
- Include Identifying information regarding the person subject to the evaluation, such as name, date of birth, address, and driver’s license number (if known).
- Include a description of the concern, incident, pattern of behavior, or justification for the request.
- A person’s age cannot be the basis of the request.
Once you have completed the Request for Driver Evaluation (DA-88) form you may submit by email, fax, or mail to the Driver Assessment Section.
Mail: P.O. Box 30810, Lansing, MI 48909-9832
Your information is kept confidential to the extent permitted by Michigan and Federal laws.
As the driver licensing agency for the State, the Department relies on cooperation of individuals to alert of alleged incidents or hazardous driving involving drivers whose skills may be diminished. Maintaining confidentiality of that information is essential to protect privacy and prevent retaliation.
The exceptions are submissions by law enforcement and other government agents acting in an official capacity.
The Department will mail correspondence confirming receipt of the Request for Driver Evaluation (DA-88), and intention to schedule the person for a reexamination, to the submitter. The exception is if the submitter resides at an address that is the same as the person subject to the request.