Oct. 1, 2018 Begins the Elimination of Michigan Responsibility Fees
For many years, drivers have had to deal with Michigan Responsibility Fees when being a resident of this state. However, as of Oct. 1, 2018, the accumulation of Michigan Responsibility fees by the state’s residents have been eliminated. What this means for individual Michigan drivers is that if your driver’s license has been held up or withheld by the Michigan SOS because of responsibility fees, you will be able to now re obtain your driver’s license.
It is important to know that there are some details that individuals must know prior to going and re-obtaining your driver’s license here in Michigan. First, this will only apply to Michigan Driver’s responsibility fees, meaning that you will still need to pay any reinstatement fees that are due and owing prior to obtaining your driver’s license. Second, the elimination of Michigan responsibility fees does not negate or take away from those individuals who are denied or revoked for other reasons or because of prior driving habits or behavior. For example, those individuals who have been denied or revoked because of numerous drunk driving convictions will need to petition the Michigan SOS prior to obtaining their privilege to drive. However, the Michigan responsibility fees owed because of those convictions have been eliminated, and thus one of the primary hurdles that many individuals face has been taken down. Lastly, if you have not had a valid driver’s license in the last 4 years, you will need to take vision and eye examine prior to being issued a license, which could then require corrective lenses.
This move of eliminating Michigan responsibility fees for driver’s should allow many individuals that have been placed in a financial hardship, due to these fees, room to breathe and obtain a license that they may have so longed for. It is important to contact counsel in order to be fully advised on what, if anything, you may need to do in order to re-obtain your ability to driver here in Michigan. Again, as mentioned above, some individual will see one of the hurdles removed when trying to get their license back; however, they may still have to go through the formal restoration process. This is all dependent on why the individual was originally suspended and what it is that is truly keeping them from the roadway. Josh Jones is here for all of your driver’s license restorations questions, issues and services. Contact him today and begin the journey of legal driving.