Suspended License? We're Here to Help
Clerk & Comptroller to waive collection agency fees and set up payment plans during “Operation Green Light” on Oct. 19
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (Sept. 18, 2019) – A suspended driver’s license can stand in the way of so much. It can make it difficult for residents to get to work, take their children to school or even just get to the grocery store.
The Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County is setting aside one special day to help residents get back on the road.
On Saturday, Oct. 19, the Clerk’s office is authorized to waive collection agency fees – some as high as 40 percent – for anyone who pays off their court obligations in full or signs up for a monthly payment plan. Florida law requires the Clerk’s office to turn over unpaid tickets and other outstanding court fines and fees to an outside collection agency if the debt is not paid within 90 days of the due date.
The Clerk’s office is opening all four of its courthouse locations during the one-day event, called “Operation Green Light.” Those who pay their debts or go on a monthly payment plan will also be able to reinstate their suspended driver’s license in most cases.
"The consequences for failing to pay court obligations can be severe," said Clerk & Comptroller Sharon R. Bock, Esq. "Operation Green Light is a chance to pay accrued fines, restore driving privileges and move forward with productive lives. Our goal is simple. We want to help people take responsibility, save money and get back on the road!"
Collection agency surcharges will be waived during Operation Green Light for overdue traffic tickets or criminal court obligations in Palm Beach County. For a driver with a $206 ticket for going 10-14 mph over the speed limit, that amounts to a savings of as much as $91.60.
Operation Green Light will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at all four of the Clerk’s courthouse locations:
- Main Courthouse, 205 N. Dixie Highway, Room 2.23, West Palm Beach
- North County Courthouse, 3188 PGA Boulevard, Room 1203, Palm Beach Gardens
- South County Courthouse, 200 W. Atlantic Avenue, Room 1S-124, Delray Beach
- West County Courthouse, 2950 State Road 15, Room S-100, Belle Glade
Payments will be accepted by cash, check, money order and credit card. A 3.5 percent service fee will be applied to all credit card payments.
The Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County hosted the first ever Operation Green Light in November 2014, allowing nearly 450 citizens to reinstate their driver’s licenses and restore their driving privileges while collecting more than $500,000 in outstanding fees. The event was so successful that it was expanded statewide.
Clerk’s offices throughout the state will be hosting Operation Green Light events from Oct. 12-19. For information on paying court obligations and traffic tickets issued outside of Palm Beach County, please contact the local Clerk’s office in that jurisdiction.
To learn more about Operation Green Light, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com/operationgreenlight.
About the Clerk & Comptroller, Palm Beach County
The Florida Constitution established the independent office of the Clerk & Comptroller as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Sharon Bock is directly elected by and accountable to Palm Beach County residents. In addition to the roles of Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, the Clerk & Comptroller is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Palm Beach County.