How to Request a Driver’s License Hearing in Michigan


When your license is taken away, it is likely necessary to request a hearing before the Driver Assessment and Appeal Division and try to win your license back. In order to get back on the road, you need to know how to request a DL restoration hearing, and how to win your hearing. Working with an experienced driver’s license restoration lawyer will help you not only understand the process of obtaining a DAAD/DLAD hearing, but assist you in achieving the best possible result un your case.

Driver’s License Restoration Lawyers

Grabel & Associates has over 10 years of experience working with clients who are facing DAAD hearings, and we know how to set you up for success in your uniquely important case. If you are facing a license suspension or revocation, contact our firm now for a free initial consultation and find out more about the best next steps you can take to get back your license. We understand how difficult it can be to lead a normal life without the ability to drive, and want to help you get your life and freedom back as soon as possible. Contact our team right away so that you can receive comprehensive driver’s license restoration throughout every stage of your case.

Driver’s License Hearing Request in MI

After the initial suspension period is up, you only can request a hearing once per year, so it is critical to ensure you are fully prepared to win the first time you request a hearing.

If you are appealing a license revocation after multiple DUI/OWI convictions, you will need to submit documentation of sobriety, including:

  • A current substance abuse evaluation from within 3 months leading up to submission
  • Three to six notarized letters from friends, family, and coworkers that have observed your alcohol and drug habits
  • Evidence that you attended support meetings
  • Ignition interlock report if you had a IID installed on your vehicle
  • A 10 panel drug screen

Applying for Administrative Review in Michigan

In some cases, you may be able to apply for an administrative review instead of a hearing. This applies if you are not a Michigan resident and you are attempting to clear your driving record of events not resulting in fatality. Otherwise, you will required a DAAD hearing.

You can find the Driver’s License Hearing Request Form on the Michigan Secretary of State website, along with additional information about the license revocation appeal process. If you have any questions about winning an appeal, call 1-800-342-7896.

Driver’s License Assessment + Appeal Hearing in MI

As outlined on the hearing request form, you must appear in person at your hearing, which will be heard and decided by an attorney-hearing officer, who will be present either in person or via a video conference. Once scheduled, the appellant will be informed of the date, time, and venue of the hearing. The decision will be mailed in writing to the person who has requested a hearing.

You are entitled to bring your own attorney, though you are not provided one if you neglect to hire a driver’s license restoration lawyer. In addition, you may purchase a transcript of your hearing, and you can appeal the final decision to Circuit Court if you disagree with the outcome.

If you want to win your first hearing, contact a lawyer who has experience fighting and winning in Michigan hearings in the past. Our team boasts a 97% win rate for first time appeals, and we know what it takes to achieve great results in even the toughest cases.

Contact Grabel & Associates and Win Back Your License

In order to apply for a license hearing, you need to submit all required documentation and a completed hearing request form to the Michigan Department of State. If you don’t yet have a substance abuse evaluation from the past 3 months, you need to find a substance abuse counselor who can prepare one for you. Check your local yellow page listings or search online for a substance abuse counselor in your area.

Once you have a substance abuse evaluation and other required forms, you need to submit it to:

Michigan Department of State
Administrative Hearings Section
P.O. Box 30196
Lansing, MI 48909-7696

Working with an attorney will not only help you ensure you have all your forms, letters, and evaluations properly prepared and submitted, but will also likely help you obtain a better result. Call 1-800-342-7896 now or contact our Michigan law firm online for a free initial case consultation. We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

Please note: Recently DLAD/DAAD changed their name to the Administrative Hearings Section (AHS). Common use of the name AHS has not yet been widely accepted and the entity responsible for driver’s license hearings is still referred to as DLAD/DAAD in almost all legal areas, which is why we continue to use the term “DLAD/DAAD” throughout our website. More information about this change can be found at the Michigan Secretary of State’s website here.