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Road to Restoration driver’s license clinic stops in Benton Harbor

(Benton Harbor, MI) – Today, the Michigan Department of State (MDOS) and Michigan Department of Attorney General brought the latest Road to Restoration free driver’s license clinic to Benton Harbor, helping area residents in restoring their driving privileges.

“As we’ve traveled the state this year providing help to Michiganders looking to get back on the road, we’ve learned that when government services are made easy and accessible it has a positive impact on people’s lives,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “Restoring driving privileges opens doors for individuals to participate more fully in their communities. We’re proud to be part of that effort, and grateful to our partners who help make our work possible.”

Partnering with local organizations, MDOS and the Department of Attorney General have hosted several Road to Restoration clinics across the state this fall, bringing staff, volunteer attorneys, and government services directly to communities. Visitors to the clinic receive help determining what steps they need to take to restore their driver’s license. Individuals can bring a recent copy of their driving record to the clinic, or purchase one on site for staff to review. When possible, staff provide the services they need, such as a driving test, at the clinic.

The Road to Restoration program is 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. The Benton Harbor clinic was hosted at McCoy's Memorial Church of God in Christ. The Berrien County Trial Court was present to assist residents.

Last year, 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 program will continue this fall with an upcoming stop in 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 also be accepted at all upcoming clinics.

 

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