Back child support and license suspension in Georgia

On Behalf of | Jan 23, 2023 | Family Law

If you owe back child support, you need to understand the different penalties that could arise. Aside from overwhelming stress, the loss of your tax refund and even the possibility of arrest, failing to pay child support could lead to the suspension of your driver’s license.

If you have concerns about license suspension, it is crucial to carefully go over your options and take steps to safeguard your driving privileges. If the government has suspended your license, you should familiarize yourself with the process of driver’s license reinstatement.

Losing your license over child support

According to the Division of Child Support Services, Georgia suspends driver’s licenses belonging to parents who owe at least three months’ worth of back child support. The state asks parents who owe child support and experience significant changes with respect to their income or employment to inform the DCSS promptly so that they can explain their situation and potentially avoid license suspension by making alternate payment arrangements.

Unpaid child support and license reinstatement

If the state suspended your license due to child support that you failed to pay, you need to review your individual circumstances and options. Depending on your situation, this could mean paying arrears in full, making other payment arrangements or providing proof that you cannot work for medical reasons.

In addition, you will have to pay a reinstatement fee in person, online or by mail. The loss of your driving privileges and other serious penalties highlight the importance of staying current on your child support and immediately taking action if you face financial challenges.