Driver’s License Restoration and Your Driving Record


Do You Know the Steps Toward Restoring Your License?

Losing your ability to drive can have a detrimental impact on how you live your life and, even more, can cause a major strain on friends, family members, and co-workers who inherit the responsibility of carting you around. The first step in restoring your driver’s license is to order a copy of your driving record to see what kind of action has been taken on your license. A certified copy can be ordered from your local Secretary of State office in person, online, or by mail. Three main licensing actions result in losing one’s driving privileges.

How Your Driving Privileges May Be Curbed

Restricted License

A restricted license allows the driver to operate a vehicle but only under certain conditions. For example, it may only permit the driver to drive to and from work during certain times of the day.

Suspended License (Definite or Indefinite)

A suspended license means that the driver’s license and privilege to operate a vehicle are temporarily withdrawn. A definite suspension will be accompanied with an end date and will be reinstated once the end date has passed and the $125 reinstatement fee is paid. An indefinite suspension does not have a predetermined end date. These suspensions are typically the result of overdue fees or for failing to appear in court on a different matter.

Revoked License

A revocation means a complete termination of the driver’s license and privilege to operate a vehicle. After a first revocation, you are not eligible to restore your license until 1 full year passes. If you receive more than 1 license revocation within 7 years, the eligibility period jumps to 5 years after the date of your most recent revocation.

Once you are eligible to have your license restored, you must also pay a $125 reinstatement fee to the Secretary of State which is broken down as follows: $50 directly to the Secretary of State; $35 to MDOT’s Economic Development Fund; $10 to Drunk Driving Preventing Equipment & Training Fund; and $30 to Drunk Driving Case Flow Assistance Fund.

Don’t Wait to Get Help

Reviewing the type of actions taken on your driving record is only the first step in restoring your license. Check out our Driver’s License Restoration blog to learn more about this process overall or reach out to our team with your questions.

Our Michigan license restoration attorneys are committed to fighting for you and working to get you back on the road as soon as possible. Call (888) 211-5798 or contact us online to request a free, confidential consultation today.

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