A person who picks up 2 DUI's within 7 years, or 3 or more within 10 years will have his or her Driver's License Revoked by the Michigan Secretary of State. A Revoked License is different than a Suspended License. Usually, a License is Suspended for a certain, definite period of time, or until money is paid. When a License is Revoked, a person cannot legally drive again until they get approval from the Michigan Secretary of State's Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD) for Restoration of their driving privileges. A person can NEVER just go to Court to Restore a License that has been Revoked.
The only way for a person to win back a License that was Revoked for multiple DUI's is to wait until they are legally eligible (1 year minimum for 2 DUI's within 7 years; 5 years minimum for 3 DUI's within 10 years) and then file a Petition for a Driver's License Restoration with the DAAD. There is nothing that can be done to shorten the period of Revocation. Beyond the necessary passage of time, a person must be really and truly Sober to win their License back
Part of being a Michigan Driver's License Restoration Lawyer is fielding questions from people who provide all kinds of compelling reasons why they need to drive - work, school, or medical necessity for them, or their children or even parents. Often, these long stories end by asking, "Is there any way I can just get some kind of Restricted License?"
There isn't. Revoked is Revoked.
The License Restoration process cannot begin until the minimum period of Revocation has passed. There are a million little details involved in this process, but only a few actual steps. I have written a library full of articles on just about every facet of Michigan Driver's License Appeals, and a person can spend a lot of time reading them and learning. My point in this article is to reduce this incredibly complex and detailed process to its most basic elements.
Once a License is Revoked for multiple DUI's, it is gone until a person wins it back after a Hearing in front of the Secretary of State's DAAD. A person must wait the minimum period of time of that Revocation before they can start the License Appeal process. Beyond just waiting the minimum period of time to file, a person must be prepared to prove several issues, outlined in DAAD Rule 13. Amongst them, the two things that matter most in any License Appeal are that:
- The person's alcohol problem is under control, and
- The person's alcohol problem is likely to remain under control.