First of all I am in Michigan. I had an extensive misdemeanor background. What shows up on my background check, which isn't everything is, 8 retail fraud convictions, latest of which was 7 years ago, 2 driving on suspended license, disorderly person(possession of marijuana), and a paraphernalia charge. These are all clustered together, due to a rough spell with alcoholism. I have been granted my Michigan license. Michigan is pretty cut and dry. They base everything on time frame. If misdemeanor theft convictions are 5 years or older then they don't automatically deny you, same with misdemeanor drug offenses. Abuse, or felonies are another story. If you have any questions I can answer for Michigan, just ask.