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Suspended License

As it pertains to a suspended driving license or a revoked driving license, reinstating your driving privileges will depend on the severity of the incident, and whether or not you are a repeat offender.

Common Reasons for Drivers License Suspension

In MI, the Secretary of State takes its safety precautions seriously, therefore a driver must meet all the requirements that are currently in place in order to maintain a valid driving license. Keep in mind that in Michigan and other U.S. states, driving without a valid license is illegal.

The most common reasons for a suspended, revoked or cancelled license in Michigan are:

Michigan Point System

The first step toward maintaining your driving privileges is understanding how the Michigan point system works. If you are assessed 12 points within two years, you will be required to submit to reexamination. If you do not pass the requirements, then your privileges will be suspended.

Points are issued for the following offenses:

Two Points:

Three Points:

Four Points:

Six Points:


In Michigan, residents 21 years of age older with a .08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) will be charged with a ticket for Operating While Intoxicated (OWI). Commercial drivers have less leeway, and will be given an OWI for .04 percent. Drivers younger than 21 years have zero leeway in Michigan — meaning that the state has a zero tolerance policy for underage drinking and driving.

If you refuse to take a chemical test, your license will be suspended for these time periods:

The penalties for a DUI or OWI conviction are as follows:

How to Reinstate a Drivers License in Person

The reinstatement requirements a vehicle driver must adhere to depends on the type of offense was committed. For example, with a DUI or OWI offense, a motorist is required to show proof of SR-22, pay the necessary fees, allow the suspension period to pass, and take an improvement education course. You will receive a packet from the SOS detailing the extent of your license suspension, and what will need to be done for reinstatement. In order to find out about the specifics of your case, review your suspension notice and contact the Michigan SOS for further information.