The Michigan Department of State’s “Road to Restoration” (MDOS) initiative reflects a unique collaboration among government, business, legal, nonprofit, and religious partners that provides support to 350,000 affected Michigan residents by the new license restoration laws.
On October 1, 2021, new laws paved the way for Michiganders to restore their driver’s license, with many able to do so simply by following the instructions on the MDOS website to renew their license or schedule an appointment to obtain a new license. .
A significant portion, however, need additional support to deal with the complexity of fully restoring their licenses.
To better serve this group, the MDOS and Michigan Department of the Attorney General (AG) team, along with DTE Energy and Miller Canfield, have brought together the necessary resources in the communities of Michigan government, the legal industry, to nonprofit, religious and private to host in-person clinics. for additional support.
“By lifting non-travel suspensions, we’re enabling tens of thousands of Michiganders to drive to work, pick up their kids from school, and participate more fully in their communities,” the Secretary of State said. ‘State Jocelyn Benson. “We are proud to implement this new law to support Michigan residents across the state.”
In-person license restoration clinics taking place this spring are staffed by volunteer attorneys from private law firms, DTE Energy and other in-house legal departments to guide individuals through the license restoration process in face-to-face.
At a recent clinic in Dearborn, 28 people showed up to pick up their licenses.
Virtual clinics are planned to continue to support Michiganders license restoration runs.
The MDOS Clean Slate License Restoration Program helps Michiganders restore all of their driving privileges if their license has been suspended for non-payment of traffic tickets or court fines or if they have failed to appear in court for certain violations non-mobile and others.
The State Department has sent letters to those affected, posted them to their online accounts and is co-hosting clinics to help people figure out if they are eligible and how to restore their driving privileges. These changes will help tens of thousands of Michigan residents drive to work, pick up their children from school, and participate more fully in their communities.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and her team worked with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and the MDOS team on Road to Restoration License Restoration Clinics.
“A suspended license impacts a person’s ability to live their best life, the same way a criminal record impacts those who have long since paid their debt to society,” Nessel said. “I am proud to see months of hard work advocating for this criminal justice reform culminate with these Road to Restoration clinics for eligible Michiganders. My office will continue to support these efforts and I look forward to participating in other restoration opportunities in the future.
“I believe in making government work for the people, and that is why we have worked diligently to ensure not only that these new laws are implemented thoroughly, but that those who are affected understand the effects on their driving records,” Benson said. “We’re proud to help run clinics like these that allow us to work directly with drivers, so they understand their path back on the road.”
DTE Energy identified licensing issues as an employment barrier more than three years ago.
“DTE is proud to support Road to Restoration’s efforts to help Michiganders regain full and safe driving privileges,” said Lynette Dowler, DTE’s vice president of public affairs. “Not having a driver’s license due to minor infractions such as unpaid parking tickets creates immense barriers to employment and the care of self, children and family. Helping people in these circumstances means more than restoring their license, it allows them to thrive in our communities. »
The Miller Canfield team helped design the license restoration clinics and engaged attorneys from across the state, recruiting attorneys from private law firms and businesses to use their unique skills to help those in need.
Uber is proud to support the Road to Restoration effort, which helps Michigan residents restore their driver’s license to drive their kids to school, get to doctor’s appointments, and earn a living.
More information is available at Michigan.gov/SOSCleanSlate.