Department of State, community partners serve more than 250 local residents at Road to Restoration clinic in Lansing

The Michigan Department of State (MDOS) joined local partners in Lansing for a Road to Restoration clinic, part of a collaborative effort to aid Michiganders in taking the necessary steps to restore their driving privileges.

More than 250 area residents attended the Lansing clinic, hosted by Union Missionary Baptist Church.

In 2021, changes to state law lifted suspensions for drivers who failed to pay tickets or court fines or failed to appear in court for certain non-moving and other violations.

While the new laws removed suspensions for more than 150,000 Michiganders, many must still take further action to get their driver’s license restored. Now in its second year, the Road to Restoration program is a successful public-private partnership that has served more than 4,750 Michiganders at 21 clinics in 11 cities.

At each clinic, residents meet one-on-one with expert staff to go over their driving record and learn what steps they must take to restore their license. When possible, opportunities to take the next steps are provided on site through MDOS or local authorities.

“The Road to Restoration program has grown tremendously since we launched last year thanks to many great local organizations around the state who know the value of hosting our clinics in their community and enthusiastically provide their assistance,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “With their help, we continue to meet people where they are and bring needed services right to them, making government work for the people.”

At the Lansing clinic, community partners were instrumental in aiding hundreds of residents, providing financial assistance in cases where outstanding court costs or other fees prevented them from regaining their license. The City of Lansing, the Lansing Branch NAACP, and CATA all provided support and worked with residents to clear fines and fees.

The next Road to Restoration clinic will be April 26 in Taylor. Additional clinics are scheduled this year in Kalamazoo, Detroit, Mt. Pleasant, Alpena, Marquette, and Sault Ste. Marie.


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