August 30th, 2018

Driver Responsibility Fee Forgiveness for Detroiters

Great news!

Legislation was recently passed to eliminate all Driver Responsibility Fees in Michigan on October 1, 2018.

The City of Detroit and Detroit at Work are committed to helping Detroiters earn fee forgiveness and license restoration before December 31, 2018, while the $125 Driver’s License Reinstatement Fee is waived. Review the below to see if you qualify for assistance.


Driver’s License Restoration 

There are multiple scenarios for getting your license back after your Driver Responsibility Fees are waived. It depends on how long your license has been suspended. Please see below for two common examples. Please note, if your license is suspended for other violations, such as a failure to appear in court or driving on a suspended license, among others, you must clear these issues before being able to reinstate your license.
Reinstating License – Process Example 1
  • If you have no other outstanding fees or court action required, and
  • If your license was suspended for less than 4 years.
You can have your license reinstated at $0 cost (The $125 Reinstatement Fee is waived through December 31, 2018.)
Reinstating License – Process Example 2
  • If you have no other outstanding fees or court action required, and
  • If Your license was suspended for more than 4 years.
You must:
  • Reapply for your license
  • Take written and on the road tests (Estimated at $50+)
  • Obtain a Temporary Permit ($25)
  • If you get your license before December 31, 2018 the costs are approximately $75
  • If you get your license after December 31, 2018 costs are approximately $200


If you have additional questions, please contact the Michigan Department of Treasury or Michigan Department of State directly. Treasury will be able to answer questions about fee forgiveness and the Department of State will be able to advise you on your driving record and how to restore your Driver’s License.
Michigan Department of Treasury Driver Responsibility Fee Hotline 
Michigan Secretary of State 
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