As a starting point, Michigan law permits license plate confiscation for people arrested for a second drunk driving offense within seven years, or a third DUI offense within a lifetime.
At the time of the arrest, the police take the metal plate and replace it with a paper plate that remains in effect until the resolution of the case.
Can You Sell Your Vehicle or Lease a New Vehicle After a Second Arrest for Drunk Driving?
Individuals who have been charged with a second offense of drunk driving are able to obtain a new plate when they turn in a leased vehicle or sell their vehicle, but it will require a court order.
Under Michigan law (MCL 257.233), during the time a vehicle is subject to a temporary registration plate, vehicle forfeiture, immobilization, or registration denial, the owner of the vehicle isn’t permitted to transfer or assign the title or an interest in the vehicle without a court order.
This also means that after a second offense drunk driving, an individual cannot sign their vehicle over to a family member without first obtaining a court order.
Even if a court grants an order, the family member is still unable to purchase the car.