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Child Support – Driver’s License Suspension
Driver's license suspension is a tool used to collect child support arrears. The child support office can ask the Minnesota Department of Public Safety to suspend a parent's driver’s license because the parent owes arrears.
The child support office cannot suspend a driver's license if any of the following are true:
When driver's license suspension is used, the child support office will send a Notice of Intent to Suspend Driver’s License to the parent who owes arrears at their last known address.
The parent has 30 days from the date on the notice to contest the suspension. To contest, the parent must send the child support office a written request for a hearing.
If the parent who owes arrears does not request a hearing within the required time, the parent has 90 days from the date on the notice to do any of the following to stop the suspension:
If the parent does not take any of the above actions to stop the suspension, the child support office will direct the Department of Public Safety to suspend their driver’s license. That department will mail a notice to the parent at their last known address telling them that their driver’s license is suspended..
Note: Driver's licenses can be suspended or revoked for reasons other than non-payment of child support. The license will remain suspended for those reasons even if the child support suspension is stopped.
If a parent’s driver’s license is suspended for non-payment of child support, the parent can apply to the Department of Public Safety for a one-time 90-Day Limited License for Child Support Suspension.
The Department of Public Safety decides whether a person qualifies for a limited license. Contact that department with any questions.
Minnesota Statutes can be found on the Minnesota Office of the Revisor website.
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