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Department of State, partners help Alpena residents regain driving privileges
September 14, 2022
The Michigan Department of State (MDOS), Department of Attorney General and community partners hosted the latest Road to Restoration clinic in Alpena today, continuing their joint effort to aid Michigan residents seeking to restore their driving privileges.
“We are making government work for the people of Michigan by lifting barriers and providing direct support to thousands of Michiganders wanting to get back behind the wheel and back to their lives,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “Residents enthusiastically embrace this program and we will continue to bring these services directly to Michiganders across the state.”
The Road to Restoration clinics, staffed by MDOS, Department of Attorney General and volunteer attorneys, help residents determine how they can restore their licenses and, when possible, provide the services they need on site. The clinic in Alpena was hosted by the United Way of Northeast Michigan.
The clinics are made possible by numerous partner organizations including DTE Energy, Miller Canfield Law Firm, Detroit Justice Center and United Way, as well as location partners who provide the space for the clinics.
On Oct. 1, 2021, new state laws lifted license suspensions for drivers who failed to pay tickets or court fines or failed to appear in court for certain non-moving and other violations. In the months following, MDOS canceled infractions on the driving records of more than 350,000 Michiganders. However, many individuals must take additional measures before their licenses are restored. MDOS mailed letters to all residents affected by the law change, explaining their current status and outlining additional action they must take before they can resume driving.
Future clinics are scheduled for Traverse City (Sept. 16), Saginaw (Sept. 28), Lansing (Oct. 12) and Benton Harbor (Oct. 14). Michiganders who believe they may qualify to have their license reinstated or who have a question about their driving history can get more information or sign up for the next clinic near them at Michigan.gov/RoadtoRestoration.
Michiganders are strongly encouraged to register for an upcoming clinic online to obtain information about their driving record and find out what they need to do to regain driving privileges. Walk-ins to the clinics will also be accepted.
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