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.

Genetic Testing

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.