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 who owes support a notice of intent to suspend the license asking the parent to visit a local office to discuss options for paying the child support.

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.
  • Sign a written agreement in a Child Support Program office to make payments on the past-due amount.
  • Contest the action by filing a petition 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).