When parents are ordered to pay
child support, they often don’t realize the full consequences of falling behind
on their child support payments. When in fact, the Department of Child
Support Services (DCSS) has a number of enforcement tools to collect child
support arrears (past-due support). One of these enforcement tools include
the suspension or withholding of California driver and professional licenses.
Department of Consumer Affairs issues all types of professional licenses, any of which can be suspended
or withheld if the individual has fallen behind on their child support payments.
Types of professional licenses that can be impacted:
- Athletic Commission
- Barbering & Cosmetology
- Behavioral Sciences
- Cemetery and Funeral
- Court Reporters
- Engineers and Land Surveyors
- Landscape Architects
- Medical Board
- And Many More
Under California law, court-ordered child support must be paid on time
each month. If a payment is late or if the paying parent does not make
the full payments, DCSS has the power to suspend or withhold the parent’s
California driver license and/or a professional license. When a child
support payment is 30 or more days late, the DCSS will submit the non-custodial
parent’s name to the California DMV so it can initiate a driver
Did the DMV Send You a Letter?
Before the Department of Motor Vehicles suspends a parent’s license
for delinquent child support, the DMV will send a warning letter giving
the parent 150 days to resolve the issue with DCSS. If the parent does
not get caught up on their past-due payments within this time period,
their driver and/or professional license will be suspended.
Have you received the “Notice of Intent to Suspend” letter
from the DMV? If so,
contact our office for legal assistance with your child support matter. We’d be happy
to answer all of your questions and help resolve the problem once and for all.
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