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Department of State free driver’s license restoration clinics returning to Northern Michigan

Pre-registration available for August clinics in Traverse City, Alpena 

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of State, along with partners in the public and private sectors, are hosting Road to Restoration driver’s license clinics in Traverse City and Alpena in August. This is the second year the program will help Northern Michigan residents who are now eligible to have their driver’s license restored due to changes in state law.
While walk-ins will be accepted, pre-registration is now available at or by calling 211.
Expert staff and volunteer attorneys will meet one-on-one with visitors to the clinic, review their case, and advise on their next steps to get back safely behind the wheel. Staff will also assist in taking payment to clear outstanding fines when applicable and provide Secretary of State office services, including written driving tests, at the clinic.
“Michigan is a driving state – it’s a genuine hardship to not have a valid driver’s license to get to work, take the kids to school, go grocery shopping, or to see the doctor.” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “With the help of our local partners, our Road to Restoration clinics will return to Northern Michigan next week to help people in the area get back on the road and back to their lives.”
The clinics do not provide DUI/OWI expungement services and license reinstatement is not guaranteed.
Traverse City – August 10
Michigan Works! Traverse City
1209 S Garfield Ave. #C
Traverse City
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (walk-ins accepted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Alpena – August 12
Alpena Events Complex (APlex)
701 Woodward Ave.
10 a.m. – 4 p.m. (walk-ins accepted from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Since 2022, Road to Restoration clinics have been made possible through an innovative public-private partnership that includes the Department of Attorney General, DTE Energy, Miller Canfield Law Firm, Detroit Justice Center, Michigan Association of United Ways, and Michigan 2-1-1. Local partners for the Northern Michigan clinics are Northwest Michigan Works! and United Way of Northeast Michigan.
Registration details and more information is available at

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