Driver’s license clinic returns Saturday

News File Photo The APlex in Alpena pictured in this Feb. 2023 photo.

ALPENA — On Saturday, the Michigan Department of State in conjunction with the Department of the Attorney General and community partners are returning to Alpena to host the Road to Restoration driver’s license clinic, which seeks to help those with suspended licenses get their licenses restored.

This clinic will be held at the APlex at 701 Woodward Ave. and is part of an annual program started last year.

Two Northern Michigan clinics are taking place this week. In addition to the one in Alpena on Saturday, there is a clinic at Michigan Works! Traverse City today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last September, a Road to Restoration clinic was held at the APlex and saw more than 200 people attend.

The clinic is meant to offer guidance and consultation for those who are either looking to ask general questions regarding how to obtain a valid license, want to check their current license status, or wish to learn more about the hearing process for license restoration.

The clinic does not offer automatic license reinstatement, expunge infractions from driving or criminal records, or complete license reinstatement hearings.

The clinic also cannot guarantee license reinstatement.

Those interested in the clinic can go to the Road to Restoration website at Michigan.gov/RoadtoRestoration or by dial 211 to schedule an appointment from anywhere between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Walk-ins for the clinic are also an option, but those are only possible from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Those who attend are expected to provide a copy of their driving records dated no earlier than 48 days before the clinic and a state ID or driver’s license. For those eligible to apply for their driver’s permit at the clinic, they will need to provide proof of their Social Security number, proof of legal presence in the U.S., and two documents proving their Michigan residency.

The event in Alpena is being organized by Khyla Craine, the deputy legal director for the Michigan Department of State, who looks forward to helping provide residents with the means to regain their licenses.

I’m really excited to come back to Alpena,” Craine said. “We understand that many folks need a driver’s license for their day-to-day lives.”


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