Driver's License Re-examination Process
Why does my driving need to be re-examined in order to get my license back?When a driver's license is suspended for reasons other than alcohol-related driving offenses, a Secretary of State analyst will examine an application and conduct a hearing on the application to reinstate a driver's license.
The reasons for the underlying suspension include: receiving more than 12-points in less than 2-years for traffic violations; certain serious medical conditions, involvement in a traffic fatality, responsibility for 3 accidents in less than 2-years, violating previously issued driver's license restrictions.
After a re-examination, the Secretary of State has the statutory power to reinstate, restrict, suspend, or revoke the applicant's license. The analyst is required to issue a written Order of Action designed to provide notice to the driver of the Department's action taken relative to the application.
The Department's goal is not to punish the applicant as much as it is to encourage driver improvement and to protect the rest of the driving public.
What medical conditions are considered sufficiently serious to result in a Re-examination?The conditions that may affect a person's ability to safely drive a vehicle include:
deterioration of muscular coordination
loss of consciousness;
Impairment due to certain prescription medications;
Types of Licensing ActionsThe most serious of the actions that the Department can take against a driver is revocation of the driver's license. Most revocations are for 5-years and a license can only be reinstated through the presentation of evidence at an administrative hearing. There is no guarantee that the Department will reinstate a driver's license at the conclusion of the hearing.
A suspension has a definite "from" and "to" date range that differs depending on the underlying violations and the driver's master driving record. Upon completion of the suspension period, the driver need only to present himself to a Secretary of State branch and pay the reinstatement fee; the driver's license will be reinstated. A restricted license allows limited driving privileges. Common restrictions include driving related to:
drug or alcohol treatment programs;
trips to college or educational commitments;
medical treatment appointments
What should a driver's assessment re-examination petition contain?Your petition for a re-examination must include your full name, current address, birth date, and driver's license number. It is a good idea to support the circumstances on which your petition is based with factual affidavits to overcome the statutory presumption that you are an unsafe driver.
A copy of the petition and all of your supporting documents must be sent to:
Secretary of State
P.O. Box 30196
430 W. Allegan St.