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Department of State, partners hold driver’s license restoration clinic in Lansing

(Lansing, MI) – Today, the Michigan Department of State (MDOS) and Michigan Department of Attorney General partnered with Union Missionary Baptist Church and DTE Energy in Lansing to host the latest in a series of free driver’s license restoration clinics.

“At every stop along our Road to Restoration series, Michiganders have enthusiastically embraced the help of our staff and volunteers to take action to get themselves back on the road,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “When government resources are available and easily accessible, it makes a difference in people’s lives. We’re committed to continuing to meet Michiganders where they are and provide communities with services they need.”

The Road to Restoration clinics are staffed by MDOS, the Department of Attorney General, and volunteer attorneys, who help Michiganders determine a course of action to restore their license. Visitors to the clinics can bring a recent copy of their driving record, or purchase one at the clinic for staff to review. When possible, staff provides the services they needed on site.

The 54A, 54B and 55th District Courts were present to take payments for fines and fees required to proceed with license restoration. The Lansing Board of Water and Light was also on hand to assist residents, as needed.

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.

“Our clinics are a one-stop shop for participants that provide volunteer attorneys, local courts and the Michigan Secretary of State’s Mobile Office on site, which removes the kinds of hoop-jumping that easily becomes a barrier for people when trying to restore their licenses on their own,” said Elizabeth Durham-Adragna, Senior Communications Strategist at DTE Energy. “Together with MDOS and the Michigan AG, we’ve pulled in partners to enable folks – particularly those with complicated circumstances – to walk out of our clinics with a restored driving license.”

Recent changes in state law lifted suspensions for drivers who failed to pay tickets or court fines, or failed to appear in court for certain non-moving and other violations. While the new laws lifted suspensions for more than 150,000 Michiganders, many must still take additional steps to restore their license. The Road to Restoration clinics assist drivers in navigating the new laws and help them identify what they should do to get back behind the wheel. The clinics focus on non-moving violations and do not provide DUI expungement services.

The Road to Restoration program will continue this fall with upcoming stops in Benton Harbor (Oct. 14) and Detroit (Nov. 16). Michiganders can find information about the clinics at Michigan.gov/RoadtoRestoration. All participants are strongly encouraged to pre-register on the website to attend, however walk-ins will be accepted at all upcoming clinics.

 

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