Department of Attorney General, MDOS continue Road to Restoration clinic series


The Michigan Department of State (MDOS), Department of Attorney General, and community partners hosted a Road to Restoration clinic in Muskegon Wednesday, the latest in a series of clinics being held around the state to help drivers with suspended licenses complete the necessary steps to safely restore their driving privileges.

“The Road to Restoration clinics have been an important tool to help bring government directly to the people of Michigan, and ensure citizens are able to get back on the road and back to their lives,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “We have been proud to help host these clinics across the state and to assist hundreds of eligible Michiganders get their driving privileges restored. I look forward to this work continuing over the coming months as we go into more communities across the state and meet people where they are.”

The Road to Restoration clinics, staffed by MDOS, the Department of Attorney General and volunteer attorneys, help residents determine how they can restore their licenses and when possible, provide the services they need to do so on site. Wednesday's clinic was held at the Mount Zion Church of God in Christ. This is the second clinic hosted in Muskegon this year, after a successful event at Mount Zion on April 28.

“The Road to Restoration has been a good and exciting experience for those who have hosted and attended the clinic, the community of Muskegon and the Mount Zion church,” said Pastor Duane E. Bennett. “I believe every person that has come here has been helped, whether in getting their license restored or in getting more information on how to do so. This would not have been possible if they had not taken advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”

The clinics are made possible by numerous partner organizations including DTE Energy, Miller Canfield, Detroit Justice Center, and United Way, as well as location partners who provide the space for the clinics.

On Oct. 1, 2021, new state laws lifted license suspensions for drivers who failed to pay tickets or court fines or failed to appear in court for certain non-moving and other violations. In the months following, MDOS canceled infractions on the driving records of more than 350,000 Michiganders. However, many individuals must take additional measures before their licenses are restored. MDOS mailed letters to all residents affected by the law change, explaining their current status and outlining additional action they must take before they can resume driving.   

Future clinics are scheduled for Saginaw, Alpena, Traverse City, and southwest Detroit. Michiganders who believe they may qualify to have their license reinstated or who have a question about their driving history can get more information or sign up for the next clinic near them at Michigan.gov/RoadtoRestoration.

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