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Options Exist to Modify Use of Driver License Suspension for Non-Driving-Related Reasons, Report No. 14-07, February 2014
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  • Individuals who violate Florida laws may be sanctioned through the suspension or revocation of their driver licenses for both driving and non-driving-related offenses. In Fiscal Year 2012-13, the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles suspended or revoked more than 167,000 driver licenses for non-driving-related reasons, including failure to pay court financial obligations and being delinquent on child support payments.
  • In general, individuals must fulfill financial and other obligations to fully reinstate their driving privileges. The time from suspension or revocation to reinstatement varies. Licenses suspended for child support and school truancy violations were frequently reinstated within one year. However, many licenses suspended or revoked for other non-driving-related violations were not reinstated for several years after the suspension.
  • Florida could consider options to modify the use of driver license suspensions or revocations as a sanction for non-driving-related reasons.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
Driver License Field Operations
Clerks of Court
Public Schools (K-12 Education)
Child Support Enforcement

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 08-12 Several Alternatives Could Be Used to Reduce Increasing Imprisonment of Persons Driving with Suspended Licenses,published in March 2008.

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