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Driver Responsibility Fee Forgiveness

Driver Responsibility Fee Forgiveness for Detroiters

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

While fees will be automatically forgiven on October 1, 2018, Detroiters can earn their Driver’s License back months earlier by completing 10 hours of Free Workforce Development Training. 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.

How to Get Your Driver Responsibility Fees Forgiven Early

1. I’m in an existing payment plan or would like to enter one

Are you on a payment plan to pay off Driver Responsibility Fees that started on or before February 1, 2018 OR would you like to enter one?

If you were on a payment plan that started on or before February 1, 2018, your outstanding Driver Responsibility Fees are immediately forgiven. You can call the Department of Treasury to confirm your debt has been eliminated (517-636-5240). Then you should call the Secretary of State’s Office (888-767-6424) to find out next steps for license restoration. If you were not already on a payment plan but would like to enter into one, you can contact the Department of Treasury to set up an installment agreement. You will only be responsible for making payments until October 1, 2018.

2. I’m currently enrolled in workforce training

Are you currently enrolled in a Detroit at Work workforce training program?

If you are currently enrolled in an existing Detroit at Work workforce training program, your fees are immediately forgiven. You can call the Department of Treasury to confirm your debt has been eliminated (517-636-5240). Then you should call the Secretary of State’s Office (888-767-6424) to find out next steps for license restoration. You can find a full list of our Detroit at Work training programs here.

3. I want to enroll in the 10-hour training program

Complete 10 hours of workforce training with Detroit at Work to have qualifying Driver Responsibility Fees forgiven.

Detroit at Work has developed a new 10 hour training program to help you get your Driver Responsibility Fees forgiven early. You can complete the training program online, at a Detroit at Work Career Center, and at events throughout the city.

 

ONLINE

To learn more about completing the program online and to register, please click below.

REGISTER

IN-PERSON

To learn more about completing the program at an event and to register, please click below.

REGISTER

 

4. I will wait until October 1, 2018

You will receive full forgiveness for your Driver Responsibility Fees beginning October 1, 2018. 

All Driver Responsibility Fees will be waived on October 1, 2018.

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

Questions?

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 
517-636-5240

Michigan Secretary of State
1-888-767-6424

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