Driver’s License Restoration

If a driver’s license is suspended, an individual’s driving privileges are temporarily withdrawn for a specific period and may be reinstated once the terms of the suspension are fulfilled. Because a driver’s license renewal transaction is required you must visit a Secretary of State Branch office to get your license reinstated.

If a driver’s license is revoked, an individual’s driving privileges are terminated and can only be reinstated if the individual meets eligibility requirements and any conditions or terms set forth in a hearing facilitated through the Michigan Department of State.

Whether through an accumulation of points, driving while intoxicated or other violation there are specific penalties and consequences for each offense.

Six Points:
  • Manslaughter, negligent homicide, or other felony involving use of a motor vehicle
  • Operating under the influence of liquor or drugs
  • Failing to stop and give identification at the scene of a crash
  • Reckless driving
  • Unlawful bodily alcohol content of 0.08 or more
  • Refusal to take a chemical test
  • Fleeing or eluding a police officer
Four Points:
  • Drag racing
  • Operating while visibly impaired
  • Under age 21 with any bodily alcohol content
  • 16 mph or more over the legal speed limit
  • Failure to yield/show due caution for emergency vehicles
Three Points:
  • Careless driving
  • Disobeying a traffic signal or stop sign or improper passing
  • 11 through 15 mph over the legal speed limit
  • Failure to stop at railroad crossing
  • Failure to stop for a school bus or for disobeying a school crossing guard
Two Points:
  • Open alcohol container in vehicle
  • All other moving violations of traffic laws
  • Refusal of Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) by a driver under age 21
NOTE: Snowmobile and off-road vehicle (ORV) alcohol-conviction points are placed on a driver record and may result in licensing action against your driving privileges even though the violation happened while operating a snowmobile or ORV.