Substance Abuse & Driver’s License Consequences


There are many criminal convictions which lead to consequences not only in the court system but also with the Secretary of State. In large measure, the consequences on an individual’s driver’s license are outside of the discretion of the court. When a conviction is entered, a notice is sent to the Secretary of State. An individual who is convicted of a crime listed below will receive a notice from the Secretary of State (if Secretary of State has the correct address) indicating the status of their driver’s license.

Below are some of the offenses which cause driver’s license consequences:

First Offenses for Michigan Drivers

Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) or Operating With the Presence of Drugs (OWPD)

  • 30 day suspension
  • 150 days license restrication
  • Possible vehicle immobilization
  • Possible ignition interlock
  • 6 points
  • Driver responsibility fee: $1000 for 2 years for OWI, $500 for 2 years for OWPD

Operating While Visibly Impaired

  • 90 days license restrictions (180 days if impaired by controlled substance)
  • Possible vehicle immobilization
  • 4 points
  • $500 driver responsibility fee for 2 years

Operating with a High BAC (Super Drunk)

  • 1-year driver’s license suspension: Eligible for restrictions after 45 days with an interlock device
  • Possible metal license plate confiscation
  • 6 points
  • $1000 driver responsibility fee for 2 years

Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle

  • No action on first offense

Underage OWI (Zero Tolerance)

  • 30-day driver’s license restrictions
  • 4 points
  • $500 driver responsibility fee for 2 years

Drug Convictions

  • 6-month driver’s license suspension: Restricted license is not allowed until after 30 days
  • Second Offenses (within 7 years)

OWI

  • Driver’s license – revoked and denied for a minimum of 1 year (minimum of 5 years if there was a prior revocation within 7 years)
  • License plate confiscation
  • Vehicle immobilization for 90 to 180 days
  • Possible vehicle forfeiture
  • 6 points
  • $1000 driver responsibility fee for 2 years

Impaired

  • Driver’s license – revoked and denied for a minimum of 1 year (minimum of 5 years if there was a prior revocation within 7 years)
  • License plate confiscation
  • Vehicle immobilization for 90 to 180 days
  • Possible vehicle forfeiture
  • 4 points
  • $500 driver responsibility fee for 2 years

Open Intoxicants in a Motor Vehicle

  • 30-day suspension
  • 60-day license restrictions

Underage OWI (Zero Tolerance)

  • Driver’s license – revoked and denied for a minimum of 1 year (minimum of 5 years if there was a prior revocation within 7 years)
  • 4 points
  • $500 driver responsibility fee for 2 years

Drug Convictions

  • 1-year driver’s license suspension. No restricted license for first 60 days of suspension.

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