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Michigan DUI License Hearings

If your Michigan driver’s license has been revoked due to multiple drunk driving offenses, you may be eligible to apply for license reinstatement under certain circumstances. However, it is critical that you meet all the requirements and are fully prepared before requesting a license restoration hearing, as you are only allowed to have one restoration hearing per year.

What is DAAD/DLAD?

The Driver Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD), sometimes referred to as the Driver’s License Appeal Division (DLAD), is the department of the Michigan Secretary of State’s office responsible for processing license restoration requests.

In order to be eligible for license restoration, you will need to request a license restoration hearing, which is also commonly referred to as a DAAD or DLAD hearing. Before requesting this hearing, you will need to complete a substance abuse evaluation with a qualified professional. Once you have completed the evaluation, the DAAD will schedule your restoration hearing date.

What Will I Need for My DAAD Hearing?

At the DAAD hearing, you will need to provide documented evidence of sobriety in several forms. These include:

  • A substance abuse evaluation from a qualified professional that is no more than three months old
  • Results of a 10-panel drug test
  • A minimum of three notarized reference letters
  • Proof of your participation in a substance abuse support group
  • A final report of the ignition interlock device, if you were required to install one

What to Expect at the Hearing

It is important to understand that at the DAAD hearing, the burden of proof is on you. The hearing officer will start with the assumption that you have a substance abuse problem and that you are not going to obtain a license. It is up to you to provide clear and convincing evidence that your problem is under control and that you are of minimal risk for another impaired driving offense.

One Hearing per Year

The DAAD will only grant you one license restoration hearing per year. This means that if you request a hearing and fail to have your license restored, you will not be able to drive or even have another shot at license restoration for another full year. This is why it is critical that you are fully prepared for your hearing and have all the necessary documentation in place.