Extends Driver License Suspension Process for Two Years

 Identifies Parents Who Fail to Pay Child Support and Notifies Them that Their Driver’s License Will be Suspended Unless Payments are Made

 Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today signed legislation (S.6388/A.7788) extending the driver license suspension process for two years to further enforce child support obligations. This highly successful enforcement process allows the child support program to identify parents with a driver’s license who fail to pay child support and then notify them that their driving privileges will be suspended unless child support payments are made. The bill will extend this important law through August 31, 2021.

 “Child support is critical to ensuring kids of separated parents have the resources they need for a healthy and stable upbringing,” Governor Cuomo said. “By extending this measure, we will help hold accountable any adult who fails to meet this basic obligation by suspending their driver’s license until they step up and address the problem.”

 Senator Roxanne J. Persaud said, “Raising children in a single-parent household can be difficult and expensive. It is imperative that parents who are legally responsible for providing financial support ensure that they do so to meet the needs of their children. Driver’s license suspension is one of the most effective tools the state can use to compel non-custodial parents to fulfill their child support obligations. I thank Governor Cuomo for renewing this necessary law.”

 Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte said, “I am pleased that NYS will continue this program for another two years. The enforcement of support through the suspension of driving privileges is an effective program, and the collaboration between the agencies will continue to help the children have their basic needs met and allow them to focus on living a healthy and productive life.”

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