This will be a brief article about the kind of license you get if you win a Michigan restoration (or clearance) case. If you live in Michigan and you win your driver's license restoration appeal, you'll get a restricted license. If you had a Michigan license in the past, but now live in another state, then you will get a "clearance" that gets rid of the Michigan Secretary of State hold on your driving record, which will allow you to obtain (or, in some cases, renew) an out-of-state license. For Michigan residents, an important part of the initial, restricted license is the ignition interlock device that must be installed on whatever vehicle you drive. You do not need to own a vehicle in order to have an interlock installed; you just need to have a vehicle that you can able to use.
Interlock units are not a lot of fun, but they beat the heck out of not driving. Costing roughly about $80 per month, on average, they aren't necessarily cheap, but neither are not cost prohibitive, either. When you win back your Michigan driver's license, you must drive for the first year on a restricted license with an interlock unit. Just about everyone asks if there is a way around either of these requirements. The simple answer is no; so is the long answer. After 2 or more DUI's, the Secretary of State's appeal hearings bureau, called the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division, or DAAD, will mandate that anyone getting back on the road do so under certain restrictions, and with the security of an interlock unit in the vehicle he or she drives.
The restrictions are actually very simple, and there are 2 types. The DAAD normally defaults to one that allows you to drive anytime whatsoever, as long as it's for work, school, necessary medical treatment and support group meetings. People make this complex by asking, for example, if they can take the kids to school, or drive to church on Sunday. The simplicity in this arrangement is that the answer to just about every question that begins with "Can I" or "What about" is no. This type of restricted license is good only to drive to, from and in the course of your work, to and from any school you personally attend, and to any serious medical treatment for you, and you alone, and to support group meetings (like AA), if you attend. The benefit here is that there is no limitation on the hours you may drive, so if your boss calls you at 3 a.m. and tells you to get to work, it's legal. The problem with this type of license, however, is that there is no driving except for these specified reasons, and there are no exceptions.