August 10, 2009
California State Dept. of Child Support Services Offers License Amnesty
Parents whose license has been suspended for failure to pay child support have been offered a reinstatement in August.
Although the license suspension program provided some leverage on those who need a drivers license for work or are licensed professionals, it has also created a catch 22 in which the payer who lost their license sometimes became even less able to pay support. With this amnesty, those with suspended licenses that do not have the resources to go to court to lift suspended licenses due will be able to get back to work. This will also free court resources, etc.
The amnesty was announced by the California State Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) and the local agencies in each of the California counties as a way to encourage payment of child support.
The reinstatement is available on specific dates and locations at county child support offices during the month of August. After a case evaluation a license will be released under the following conditions:
• A payment of one month of support has been paid,
• A payment of at least $25 towards back support,
• Provides current employment contact info
Since 1996 noncustodial parents in California who fail to pay their child support have been subject to a license suspension until they bring their payments current. This applies to all licenses issued by the State including licenses held by doctors, lawyers, contractors, cosmetologists, etc.
Parents interested in participating in the “Get Back on the Road Again” program may visit the DCSS website at http://www.childsup.ca.gov for specific dates and county locations or may call toll free 1 (866) 901-3212.
If you have questions about the California license suspension program itself, or the “Get Back on the Road Again” amnesty, please do contact my office.