In my role as a Michigan driver's license restoration lawyer, I have written hundreds of articles with detailed information about the license appeal process. Presumably, that's why you're here. I want to make this article interesting, and the idea recently occurred to me to look at the steps of a license restoration case in reverse, from last to first, rather that sequentially, from first to last. After all it's the end result of a driver's license restoration or clearance appeal that you're interested in, right? In my practice, I guarantee that when I take a license clearance or restoration case, I will win it, so I figured, why not look back from the moment you slip that valid license back into your wallet to the time, like now, when you wonder if and how you can you can win it back, and what's all involved? We'll break this article into 2 parts in order to keep each manageable.
You find out you've won your license appeal when you get a letter from the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) indicating that the hearing officer assigned to your case from the Administrative Hearing Section (AHS) has granted your appeal. Congratulations, you've won your license back! In addition to formal order granting your appeal, if you're a Michigan resident, you will receive information about the restrictions that apply your new license and instructions about what you need to do to get the ignition interlock unit installed. You'll be given a list of companies for this (I include a discount coupon in the folder I give a client at our first meeting for one of my favorite providers), and informed that you must go and have the unit installed on whatever vehicle you'll be driving (it does NOT have to be registered to you) and bring proof of that installation back to an SOS branch office in order for your license to be issued. Those who no longer live in Michigan will receive a "clearance" allowing them to go to the DMV in their home state and finally get (or, in some cases, renew) that license.
The notice that you won your appeal usually arrives within 2 to 4 weeks after your actual appeal hearing. I am a strong believer in holding a live (as opposed to a video) hearing. There are 3 AHS hearing locations in Michigan (Livonia, Lansing and Grand Rapids) where live hearings are conducted. Video hearings can be scheduled at most SOS branch offices, but I will only present my cases live, and in person. No matter the convenience, I will not all any of my cases to be presented over a grainy, poor sounding webcam-like feed. Because my office is here in the Detroit area (Mt. Clemens), all of my cases are scheduled locally, at the Livonia (Metropolitan Detroit) branch. Hearings are scheduled on the hour (9,10 and 11 am, and 1, 2, 3 and sometimes 4 pm) and always conclude well within that hour, meaning that the hearing starts promptly at the scheduled time.