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Driver’s license suspension for nonpayment of child support

There are many consequences that people in Lake County face if they fall behind on their child support responsibilities, or they simply choose not to pay them. One of these is the loss of driving privileges. The Illinois General Assembly states that suspension of a driver’s license for the nonpayment of child support can occur once the Secretary of State receives notification.

Specifically, this documentation can come from the Department of Healthcare and Family Services or from the court. The suspension may happen if a person is found in contempt of court for nonpayment, or if there is an order from the court to suspend the license. For any suspension to take place though, the support payments must be 90 days or more late, or the amount of late payments must equal 90 days of support payments.

CyberdriveIllinois.com explains that once the Secretary of State receives documentation, a notification letter is sent that tells the person his or her license will be suspended in 60 days if payment is not received for the amount of child support owed. If the overdue amount is paid or, in some cases, when payment arrangements have been made to pay it, the suspension will not go into effect. However, once the license is suspended, it will remain so until the report is received by the Secretary of State indicating that the amount owed has been paid.

A person may request restricted driving privileges during the suspension for getting to work or for medical purposes. These privileges must be approved through the court and then granted by the Secretary of State. 

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