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License infractions and sanctions (Choose tab)

Dangerous, negligent, or careless driving behavior can result in both serious legal consequences and the temporary or permanent loss of driving privileges.

If a driver's license is suspended, an individual’s driving privileges are temporarily withdrawn for a specific period and may be reinstated once the terms of the suspension are fulfilled. Because a driver’s license renewal transaction is required you must visit a Secretary of State Branch office to get your license reinstated.

If a driver's license is revoked, an individual’s driving privileges are terminated and can only be reinstated if the individual meets eligibility requirements and any conditions or terms set forth in a hearing facilitated through the Michigan Department of State.

Whether through an accumulation of points, driving while intoxicated or other violation there are specific penalties and consequences for each offense.

Six Points:

  • Manslaughter, negligent homicide, or other felony involving use of a motor vehicle
  • Operating under the influence of liquor or drugs
  • Failing to stop and give identification at the scene of a crash
  • Reckless driving
  • Unlawful bodily alcohol content of 0.08 or more
  • Refusal to take a chemical test
  • Fleeing or eluding a police officer

Four Points:

  • Drag racing
  • Operating while visibly impaired
  • Under age 21 with any bodily alcohol content
  • 16 mph or more over the legal speed limit
  • Failure to yield/show due caution for emergency vehicles

Three Points:

  • Careless driving
  • Disobeying a traffic signal or stop sign or improper passing
  • 11 through 15 mph over the legal speed limit
  • Failure to stop at railroad crossing
  • Failure to stop for a school bus or for disobeying a school crossing guard

Two Points:

  • Open alcohol container in vehicle
  • All other moving violations of traffic laws
  • Refusal of Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) by a driver under age 21

 Snowmobile and off-road vehicle (ORV) alcohol-conviction points are placed on a driver record and may result in licensing action against your driving privileges even though the violation happened while operating a snowmobile or ORV.

Understanding the hearings process (Choose tab)

Many suspensions and revocations either require or can be shortened by an administrative hearing.

Individuals seeking a hearing for a suspension or revocation 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:

You may also submit a Request for Hearing form and a Substance Evaluation Form to the Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight at the following address:

Michigan Department of State
Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight
P.O. Box 30196
Lansing, MI 48909-7696

All requests for hearings must be in writing and either mailed or submitted electronically. If you have questions regarding your appeal rights, contact our Information Center at 1-888-SOS-MICH (1-888-767-6424).

OHAO Hearings Request Packet

Due to COVID-19 social distancing requirements there are NO LIVE (IN-PERSON) hearings being held at this time. Until further notice ALL OHAO hearings are being held via video conferences using Microsoft Teams.

  • If you have not already done so, please download the free Microsoft Teams app now. DO NOT REGISTER or LOGIN.
  • Review the Notice of Hearing to find the name of the hearing officer assigned to your hearing.
  • Locate the name of the assigned hearing officer on the list on this page.
  • Follow the link that follows the name of the assigned hearing officer that says (Follow this link to join the meeting) join as a guest using your first/last name.
  • Make sure to enable your camera and microphone icons found at the bottom center.
  • You must access this link from the device you intend to use.
  • This is a formal hearing, and you should be in a quiet location by yourself and have a clear table/area in front of you that is free from any documents.


OHAO Hearing MS Teams Link

If your driver’s license was suspended or revoked due to a drug or alcohol related offense, you will want to familiarize yourself with the following programs and information as you work to restore your driving privileges.

  • Ignition interlock information
  • Sobriety court
  • High blood alcohol content (BAC) offenses
  • Habitual alcohol offender information

Ignition interlock manufacturers list

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)