What Is Michigan Driver Responsibility

March 31, 2018, individuals who entered into a payment plan on or before February 1, 2018, have been identified and their outstanding Driver Responsibility Fees have been eliminated. You may be eligible to reinstate your driver’s license without paying a reinstatement fee March 31, 2018, through December 31, 2018. If you did not enter into a payment plan on or before February 1, 2018, are still responsible for making payments until October 1, 2018. At that time all Driver Responsibility Fees associated with Driver Responsibility Fees will be waived.

The Driver Responsibility Program calls for monetary sanctions for drivers who:
  • Accumulate seven or more points on their driving record (Category 1), or
  • Are convicted of specific qualifying offenses (Category 2)
Only driving offenses with arrest or incident dates on, or after, October 1, 2003, will be counted. Points accumulated prior to October 2, 2003, are not eligible for consideration under this new law.

Michigan driver responsibilityDriver Responsibility Category 1 points:

Category 1 offenses, such as speeding, improper turns, and following too closely, are assessed a fee based on the number of points on the driving record, with a required minimum of seven points. The fees assessed begin at $100 and increase by $50 for each additional point above seven points.

7 Points $100 8 Points $150 9 Points $200
10 Points $250 11 Points $300 12 Points $350
13 Points $400 14 Points $450 15 Points $500

Drivers assessed a fee for seven or more points under Category 1 will be assessed only once per year. Category 1 fees will not be assessed in any year in which the number of points on a driving record falls below seven.

Driver Responsibility Category 2 points:

Certain offenses are classified as “qualifying offenses” and carry their own driver responsibility fee independent from the number of points on the driving record. Drivers convicted of qualifying offenses will be assessed a driver responsibility fee of $150, $200, $500 or $1,000 for two consecutive years. The amount is determined by the relative seriousness of the offense. For example:

  • Drunk Driving (Operating While Intoxicated) = $1,000
  • Reckless Driving = $500
  • No Proof of Insurance = $200
  • Drove While License Expired = $150

Points from Category 2 offenses and convictions are NOT counted toward the point total for Category 1.

Multiple driver responsibility fees are assessed if a driver is convicted of multiple qualifying offenses under Category 2.

Driver responsibility fees are assessed for two consecutive years for Category 2 convictions. The second year’s fees will be assessed on the anniversary date of the first year’s fees.

Driver Responsibility List of Category 2 “Qualifying Offenses”

Where to send Driver responsibility payments:

Made out to “State of Michigan-SAC”

Mail to: Collection Division
Michigan Department of Treasury
P.O. Box 30199
Lansing, MI 48909-7699

Click the link to get information on how to get your Driver responsibility fees waived.