MICHIGAN DLAD SUBSTANCE ABUSE EVALUATION FORM AND INSTRUCTIONS

How to prepare for a substance abuse related reexamination before Driver Assessment (DA):

If your driving record shows substance abuse indicators*, you need to have the attached substance abuse evaluation form completed and bring it with you to your upcoming Driver Assessment reexamination. Your substance abuse history will be analyzed, along with your driving record, to determine the appropriate licensing sanction or, in the case of a Driver License Review reexamination, if the license should be returned.

*OUIL, UBAC, OUID, OWI, OUIL / OWI causing Death or Injury, Child Endangerment, Implied Consent Suspension, X 3 Accident, 625g Permit

How to prepare for an habitual substance abuse offender or related appeal before the Driver License Appeal Division (DLAD):

If your license has been revoked/denied for multiple substance abuse convictions or for negligent homicide, murder, or manslaughter involving the use of a motor vehicle, and alcohol or controlled substances were involved, and the minimum one-year or five-year revocation period is over, you are eligible to request a hearing to consider whether your driving privilege should be reinstated. At the hearing, you must prove that you do not have a substance abuse problem or you must prove, in accordance with R 257.301-316 that any past substance abuse problem is under control and is likely to remain under control.

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 DLAD is available by calling (517) 373-3827.

At the hearing, you will need to present the following:

SUBSTANCE ABUSE EVALUATION

You must obtain and submit a completed substance abuse evaluation using the attached form. If you do not already have a substance abuse counselor you may contact an office listed on page 3 for the name of an agency that performs substance abuse evaluations. The substance abuse counselor will prepare the evaluation and provide you with the completed form for your appeal hearing. Your substance abuse evaluation should be current.

If you are appealing to the Driver License Appeal Division, please send the completed evaluation form to DLAD at the address below. If you have not already requested a hearing, please submit a request with your evaluation.

Driver License Appeal Division
Michigan Department of State
P. O. Box 30196
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7696

Effective October 1, 1999, MCL 257.322(6) requires the installation of an ignition interlock device for initial issuance of restricted privileges. If you were issued restrictions which included an Ignition Interlock requirement, DLAD Administrative Rule 13a requires you to submit the ignition interlock FINAL REPORT at this hearing.

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION OF PETITIONER’S PAST AND CURRENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE HISTORY

You must obtain documentation of your drinking and drug use habits in the form of letters from people in your community who have frequent contact with you and may know something about your drinking habits and/or use of controlled substances. This would include immediate family members, other relatives, employers, friends, pastors, local police, a recognized support group such as 12 step meetings or Rational Recovery, neighbors or others with whom you associate. It is required you submit at least 3 letters but not more than six. These letters should be signed and dated and include the complete mailing address and daytime telephone number 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 OR REEXAMINATION. SUBMITTING THE REQUESTED DOCUMENTS DOES NOT NECESSARILY ENSURE RELICENSURE, HOWEVER, THIS INFORMATION WILL ASSIST THE HEARING OFFICER IN MAKING A DECISION.