Preparing for Your Driver's License Appeal Hearing

Please submit a Request for Hearing form and a Substance Evaluation Form to the Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight at the address below:

Michigan Department of State
Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight
P.O. Box 30196
Lansing, MI 48909-7696

You may also submit electronically through Driver Appeal Integrated System (DAIS). To use DAIS you must first set up an account by following the online instructions at: (Petitioner) (Attorney for Petitioner, Prosecutor, Law Enforcement).

All requests for hearings must be in writing and either mailed or submitted electronically. If you have questions regarding your appeal rights, contact our Information Center at 1-888-SOS-MICH  (1-888-767-6424).

Please submit your request for a hearing with a current substance abuse evaluation, dated not more than 3 months before the date it will be received by the Department. If you do not already have a substance abuse counselor, please check your local yellow page listings for a counselor in your area. The substance abuse counselor will prepare the evaluation and provide you with the completed form for your appeal hearing.

You may be represented by legal counsel if you wish. Please advise the Department of your attorney's name, address, and telephone number. A recorded message regarding the appeal/reinstatement process in the Office of Hearings and Administrative Oversight is available by calling our Information Center at 1-888-SOS-MICH (1-888-767-6424).

Additional Documentation of Petitioner's Past and Current Substance Abuse History:

You must obtain documentation of your drinking and drug use in the form of notarized letters from people in your community who have frequent contact with you and may know something about your use of alcohol or controlled substances. These would include immediate family members, other relatives, employers, friends, pastors, local police, a recognized support group such as 12 step meetings, neighbors or others with whom you associate. It is required that you submit at least 3 letters, but not more than six. These letters should be signed, notarized and dated and include the complete mailing address and daytime telephone number of the writer, and contain at least the following information about you. Please do not use form letters.

  • What their relationship is to you.
  • How long they have known you.
  • How often they see you.
  • Have them describe their knowledge of your past and current use of alcohol and/or drugs including frequency of use, amount used, beverage and/or drug of choice, etc.
  • When the last time was they saw or had knowledge that you had used any alcohol and/or drugs.
  • What their knowledge is of your past and current involvement in treatment and/or a support group.
  • Have them include other information they believe is important.

Note: Please keep copies of your letters documenting your substance abuse history and evaluation and submit the originals. Copies will not be made for you at the hearing.

If you were issued restrictions which included an ignition interlock requirement you should submit the ignition interlock Final Report (or a receipt from the interlock company verifying you have requested one) along with your other documentation.

Unprepared petitioners should request the hearing be adjourned rather than fail to appear, as they are not eligible for another hearing for up to one year from the date of the scheduled hearing.

Related Documents
OHAO Form Package SOS 257 & 258 PDF icon