Business, Professional or Recreational License Suspension

Business, professional and recreational licenses may be suspended for nonpayment of child support. This includes licenses issued by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Florida Department of Health, Florida Department of Education and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Before a business, professional or recreational license is suspended, the Child Support Program mails the parent a notice of intent to suspend the license with options to avoid suspension.

The parent has 30 days from the date on the notice to do one of the following:

  • Pay the past-due amount in full and stay current with future payments
  • Enter into a payment agreement. Parents can request online or by email; or
  • Provide documentation that the parent who owes support:
    • Receives reemployment assistance or unemployment compensation;
    • Is disabled and incapable of supporting themselves;
    • Receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits;
    • Receives Social Security Disability Income (SSD) benefits;
    • Receives temporary cash assistance; or
    • Has filed bankruptcy under Chapter 11, 12 or 13 of the United States Bankruptcy Code; or
  • File a contest in circuit court

If none of the above actions are taken within 30 days, the Child Support Program notifies the appropriate State licensing agency to suspend the business, professional or recreational license(s).