Michigan Out of State License Suspension


If you have had your license revoked in a state other than Michigan and now reside within MI, you will be unable to obtain a new license until you have applied for and won a driver’s license hearing. It is crucial that you work with a driver’s license restoration lawyer as soon as you can, so that you are prepared to get your license back as soon as the option becomes available. Our team knows what paperwork needs to be filed, when you can file it, and what to include if you want to win back your driving privileges. Contact our firm now for a free initial case consultation and find out more about obtaining a driver’s license hearing if your license has been suspended out of state.

Though the appeal hearings process for out of state and in state suspensions is largely the same, the documents that you need to submit differ if your suspension took place out of state. Grabel & Associates has been a prominent firm in the field of Michigan driver’s license restoration for over 10 years, and our lawyers know what it takes to achieve great case results in all types of driving-related cases.

Driver’s License Restoration Attorney in Grand Rapids, Detroit, Lansing, Ann Arbor, and Statewide

If you have had your license suspended outside of the state of Michigan, speak to a lawyer now by calling Grabel & Associates or contacting us online. For more information about requesting a hearing for an out of state license suspension, read the information below.

What Do I Need to Get My License Back After an Out Of State Suspension?

If you have had your license suspended while outside of the state of Michigan, the suspension period will still last for the full duration outlined by the court. After you have served the entirety of your suspension or revocation, and if it was of similar duration to a Michigan suspension, you can request a driver license appeal hearing to waive all or part of the Michigan suspension.

In order to determine if you are eligible to have your suspension or license restriction waived, it may be helpful to talk to an attorney. If you believe you are eligible, you need to submit a written request for an evaluation in Michigan. In addition, you must submit:

  • Proof that you were suspended or your license was restricted, along with relevant dates
  • Proof that you were living out of state during the time of the suspension or restriction (rent receipts, employment records, utility bills, and more could count as proof)
  • Proof that you had an out of state license a the time of the conviction
  • Proof that you did not possess a Michigan license when you were suspended

In addition to pursuing a completely waived suspension, you can also pursue a limited restriction period in Michigan, usually 30-90 days. In order to seek a restricted license, you need to submit a substance use evaluation to the hearing officer to consider in making the decision.

Our Approach to Out of State License Hearings

After you have complied with all necessary steps of applying for an out of state license hearing, you need to work to win your license back. Depending on whether your suspension has been served, if you want to waive it completely or pursue a restricted license, and if you meet all requirements to have your suspension or restriction waived the next steps of your case may vary, though it will likely involve a DAAD hearing, and you will greatly benefit from having an attorney on your side throughout this stage of the process.

Grabel & Associates is committed to providing top-level defense to anyone who has had their license suspended, restricted, or revoked either inside the state of Michigan or while residing outside of the state. Under the direction of experienced driver’s license restoration lawyer Scott Grabel, our team will fight to get you back on the road as soon as possible. We have a 97% win rate for first time hearings and know the unique legal issues that can affect Michigan out of state driver’s license restoration cases.

Contact Grabel & Associates Now for DL Restoration in MI

If you have had your driving privileges taken away while living out of state and now are looking to obtain a Michigan driver’s license, call 1-800-342-7896 or contact our law firm online now. Grabel & Associates is available 24/7 to provide you with a free initial case consultation.

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.