Out-Of-State Resident Appeals
HOW DOES AN OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENT REMOVE A MICHIGAN DRIVER’S LICENSE “HOLD”?
If a Michigan license holder is suspended or revoked due to repeat substance abuse convictions or other criminal charges, he/she cannot typically cannot establish a driver’s license in another state. Most often, the other state will deny licensing (or revoke) because of the “hold” placed by the Michigan Secretary of State. So, what does an out-of-state resident do in this situation?
Generally speaking, a revoked out-of-state resident must petition Michigan’s Secretary of State to remove that “hold.” To do so, a person must apply for a hearing to restore driving privileges, and most of these hearings are conducted by and through the Michigan Secretary of State’s Administrative Hearing Section (AHS), previously known as the Driver’s Assessment and Appeal Division (DAAD). AHS will typically allow the out-of-state resident to apply from his/her home state either administratively or via a video conference. Alternatively, the out-of-state resident will come back to Michigan for a live or video conference hearing at AHS.
Unfortunately, removing a Michigan hold is far from easy. A Petitioner seeking to do so must usually prove the same requirements as a Michigan resident---namely, that he is sober, safe and can be trusted with the return of a license. Proving these things can be an uphill battle, especially from thousands of miles away. And, it is an extremely time-consuming process with constantly evolving requirements and confusing paperwork. So, for those out-of-state residents seeking a license in their new state, their best option is to consult with a driver’s license restoration specialist to see if they qualify, and if so, how best to remove that hold.
Daniel T. Geherin has been a license appeals specialist for 20+ years. He has conducted over 1,500 license reinstatement hearings at DAAD/AHS, and has appeared before every Hearing Judge on multiple occasions. His clients come from all over the State of Michigan, and all over the country. Because of this, he has helped remove Michigan “holds” for over 200 out-of-state resident clients in the last decade alone.
If you’re an out-of-state resident suffering from a Michigan driver’s license “hold,” please contact Michigan Driver’s License Reinstatement Specialists at the Geherin Law Group (734) 263-2780.
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