Driver License and Registration Suspension
Before driver license and registration suspension takes place, the Child Support Program will send the parent who owes support a notice asking the parent to visit a local office and discuss options for paying their child support.
The parent has 20 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 at a Child Support Program office to make payments on the past-due amount.
- Provide documentation that the parent ordered to pay:
- 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
- Contest this action by filing a petition in circuit court.
If none of the above actions are taken within 20 days, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) mails the parent a notice of suspension and suspends the driver license.
Driver license suspension is also used if there is noncompliance with an order to appear for genetic testing. If a parent who is ordered to appear for genetic testing complies with the order in a timely manner, a license suspension will not take place.