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Michigan Driver’s License Restoration Lawyer

Key takeaways:

  • When your license is revoked, it is possible to get it restored with a license restoration hearing and help from a Michigan driver’s license restoration lawyer.
  • A substance abuse evaluation is among the things required to win your case and get your license back since restoration largely relies on demonstrating sobriety.
  • The restoration process requires evidence proving your commitment to sobriety and your ability to drive safely, and within the law.
  • If have lost your license due to multiple convictions for DUI (actually called OWI, short for “Operating While Intoxicated in Michigan), it is still possible to restore your license, though the more drunk driving convictions you have, the longer you may have to wait.

If you’ve lost your Michigan driver’s license as a result of 2 or more DUI convictions, our firm can get you back on the road again, legally, and we 100% GUARANTEE it.

If you can’t obtain a driver’s license in another state because of a Michigan “hold” on your record for multiple DUIs, we can get it cleared, and we GUARANTEE it.

We understand how stressful it can be to lose your license. From getting to the grocery store or work to just getting around for the business of life, we know how important it is to be able to drive. That is why our team works hard to get your license back, and won’t take a case we can’t win.

Why Clients Choose Jeffery Randa & Associates

When you work with Jeffrey Randa & Associates, you can expect a communicative and friendly relationship that focuses on creating a custom solution for your driver’s license restoration case.

We understand that everyone’s driving record is different, so we use our unsurpassed knowledge and experience to form a unique approach to your legal issues. Look at what some of our previous clients had to say about our Michigan driver’s license reinstatement services:


“The best decision I ever made was to retain Jeffrey Randa and Associates. 5 DUIs and a loss of hope of ever restoring my license, but they did it. This team is so professional and knowledgeable, and they walk you through the process. This is the team to have. Thank you so much.” — Adrian L.

“I lost my license to 2 DUIs in 2005 and 2006. Since then, I moved out of state and got my life together. I contacted Mr. Randa’s office after looking through many lawyers online. The staff at the office were extremely helpful and extremely professional. Never once did I call or email and not get a response. Any concerns or nerves I experienced were addressed, and really, the process was as easy as could be. After two failed attempts to get an NY license on my own, my lawyer was able to win my case successfully, and all driving rights were restored. After an 18-year-long battle, I wish I would have hired them sooner!” — Ben C.

A few years ago, I attempted to get my driving privileges reinstated and the interlock device removed from my car. I hired another attorney, and we failed miserably. The Randa office shoots it straight to you and walks you through everything you need to do before they even consider taking you on as a client and eventually requesting a hearing. They are in it to win, and that’s exactly what they did for me. They had a mess to clean up, and they did that and got my freedom back for me. Jack Mott and Ann were amazing to work with. I felt confident and prepared for my hearing. I highly recommend The Jeffrey Randa team for any license needs. — Ceree M.

What Does a Michigan Driver’s License Restoration Attorney Do?

As Michigan driver’s license restoration lawyers, we do two things:

1. We win driver’s license restoration appeals for Michigan residents whose licenses have been revoked for multiple DUI convictions.


2. We obtain clearances of Michigan holds for people who now live outside of Michigan so that they can get (or renew) a driver’s license in their new state.

Winning back your license — or being able to get one in your new state — means that you will no longer be stuck looking for rides. You can finally say goodbye to being dependent on everyone else to get around and hello to being independent once again.

Doesn’t that sound good?

Our Driver’s License Restoration Attorneys Guarantee a Win

We GUARANTEE that we will win your Michigan driver’s license restoration or clearance case. If not, we will continue to represent you before the Michigan Secretary of State, without further legal fees, until we do.

Make no mistake, we earn our livings by winning cases the first time around. We don’t want to have to come back and do any of them over again next year, for free, as “warranty work.” Our guarantee means we are literally as “invested” in winning as you are!

There is no risk: You’ll pay us once and we WILL get your license back.


Get Back on the Road with a winning Substance Abuse Evaluation (the Sobriety Talk)

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My team and I know that people get sober in all kinds of different ways. We have a thorough understanding of the development, diagnosis, treatment of, and recovery from alcohol and substance abuse problems.

This is important because a person’s sobriety is the main focus of every license appeal case. We use the combination of our clinical, legal and practical knowledge to win our cases — guaranteed!

Unfortunately, some people still think you have to be in AA to win a license appeal. That’s completely wrong. The vast majority of our clients are not in AA, and yet we win their cases.

Our DUI and License Reinstatement Lawyers Will Win Your Case

To learn about the Michigan license restoration process in detail, or more about why you should seriously consider hiring us, check out these related pages:

License Revoked for DUIs? Here is the Process to Get it Back: The appeal process in Michigan for a license revocation is complicated. Having a lawyer who knows how to navigate it is key to getting back on the road.

The Substance Use Evaluation (SUE) in Michigan Driver’s License Restoration Cases: Your case is dependent upon having a solid SUE, so it is critical that you present one that’s good enough to win. We’ll make sure that happens.

What to Know About Driving While License Revoked (DWLR) in Michigan: A revoked license is bad enough, but facing a DWLR charge can make it even harder to get back on the road legally anytime soon. A solid legal strategy can make all the difference in preventing that.

Michigan DUI and Driver’s License Restoration – The Questions That Must be Asked: Throughout the process of driver’s license restoration, you will have to answer a number of important questions. We will thoroughly you prepare to answer each and every one of them.

Tamper/Circumvent Ignition Interlock Violation in Michigan: We have found that most attempts to tamper/circumvent an ignition interlock device are not the fault of the person required to use the device. If you’re facing a violation, you need to prove that, and we can help

How to Win (or Lose) a Michigan Driver’s License Restoration Case: While it’s important to know what to do to win your restoration case, it is also important to know what not to do. Losing will cost you money and time, and that’s almost entirely avoidable.

In addition, make sure that you also check out the full Driver’s License Restoration section of our blog.

Steps For Restoring Your Michigan Driver’s License

To restore your revoked driver’s license in Michigan, you will need to follow every step of the process.

  1. Obtain an accurate, favorable and legally sufficient substance abuse evaluation. Our firm uses 2 specific, highly experienced and qualified substance use evaluators for all of our cases
  2. Pass a 12-panel drug screen for all required substances and integrity variables.
  3. Present other evidence of sobriety, including properly edited and notarized testimonial letters of support from friends and family (minimum of 3 required, although our firm won’t file with less than least 4).
  4. File these and all other required documents with the the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight and request a license appeal/clearance hearing.
  5. Attend and WIN your hearing. Note that all hearings are held remotely, using the Microsoft Teams platform (available for computer or smartphone).

More Questions on Michigan Driver’s License Restoration

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Do I need to be in Alcoholics Anonymous to Get My Michigan Driver’s License Reinstated?

To be clear, you DO NOT need to be in AA to win your license back!

Our team recognizes that there are countless ways people recover from drinking and drug problems. This guides how our firm handles license appeal cases. That’s just one way that our driver’s license restoration law firm is different from all others. Being in AA is just one of many ways to demonstrate a commitment to sobriety.

What’s the Average Cost of a Driver’s License Restoration Lawyer in Michigan?

The exact cost of a driver’s license restoration lawyer in Michigan will vary depending on the firm. Lawyers who are more experienced and more successful tend to charge more, though the investment may be worth getting your license back. Additionally, a record with a lot of egregious driving offenses may make an appeal more difficult, so a lawyer may charge more for the extra work.

Our fees are the same across the board. We are the ONLY law firm to publish its prices online, here, in the Fees section of our website. We believe in complete transparency, so everyone can know our charges right down to the penny. Remember, if we take your case, we GUARANTEE to win it, so there’s no risk when you hire us!

Is It Possible to Restore My Revoked License in Michigan?

It is possible to restore a revoked license in Michigan, but you will have to go through the formal driver’s license restoration process to do that. Unlike a driver’s license suspension, which only lasts for a specific time period, a revocation means your driver’s license is gone for life. If you take no action, it will last forever. To restore your license, you will have to file the legally required evidence with the Michigan Secretary of State and win a formal license appeal case.

Can I Restore My Revoked Driver’s License for Multiple DUI Convictions?

You can restore your driver’s license after losing it for multiple DUI convictions. Exactly when you can do that depends on how many DUI convictions you have:

  • If you have 2 DUIs within a seven-year period, for example, you have to wait at least 1 year after your revocation to file a license appeal. In practice, however, in the real world, the waiting period is at least 2 years, and usually much closer to 3 years.
  • If you have 3 or more DUI convictions within a 10-year period, you will have to wait at least five years before filing a driver’s license restoration appeal.

Note that a condition of your reinstatement will almost always require a restricted license and the installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle.

Does My Personal Need for a Driver’s License Affect the Outcome of My Restoration Case in Michigan?

Your personal need for a driver’s license does NOT play any role on the outcome of your restoration case. The only things that matter are:

  1. Your legal eligibility, and
  2. The evidence of sobriety presented in your driver’s license restoration appeal, as required by Michigan law.

Can I Appeal if My License Restoration Request is Denied in Michigan?

Yes, you can file an appeal if your license restoration request is denied. This appeal must be filed with the Circuit Court.for the county of your residence.

Non-residents of Michigan who lose a clearance appeal must file in the Ingham County circuit court in Lansing, where the state capitol is located.

As a disclaimer, appealing a denied restoration request is quite difficult, so you will really need proper legal representation on your side during the process. A successful circuit court appeal hearing requires that you show how the hearing officer who denied your case did not correctly apply the law.

Because our firm GUARANTEES to win our cases the first time, we almost NEVER have to consider this option.

Note that you must file a circuit court appeal of a denied driver’s license restoration or clearance case within 63 days of receiving your denial.

It’s Time to Get on the Road Again

Not having a license can be very difficult. You already know that.

Aside from the obvious difficulties like not being able to drive legally (and scared as heck if you do), even simple things like proving your age or identity are difficult and embarrassing without that physical license in your wallet. Losing your license is always a burden.

Nothing beats getting your driver’s license back, and we can make that happen for you!

All of our consultations are free, confidential, and done over the phone right when you call. My team and I are very friendly people who will be glad to answer your questions and explain things. We’ll also be happy to compare notes with anything another lawyer has told you.

We can be reached Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. (EST) at 248-247-7995 or 586-300-4347, so don’t hesitate to reach out for a free consultation.