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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (June 28, 2010) – Drivers who choose traffic school over points on their driver licenses will soon face limits on the number of times they can elect a course in driving safety, as part of a series of legislative changes that begin July 1.

July 1 is the date when many new laws, or changes to state law, passed by the Florida Legislature traditionally take effect. The 2010 legislative session concluded on April 30.

Among the changes effective in July that will affect the Clerk & Comptroller’s office and our customers:

  • Drivers who receive traffic citations can only opt for traffic school a total of five times in their lifetime. Previously, individuals could select traffic school up to five times in 10 years.
  • Fines for red-light citations issued by a law enforcement officer increased from $231 to $264.
  • The cost of obtaining a three-year driving history increased to $14.25. A lifetime driving history will now cost $16.25.
  • Clerks of Court throughout Florida will be required to search property records and motor vehicle title records to verify whether someone seeking a public defender does not have the means to pay for his or her own representation.
  • Clerks will be required to notify the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles and put a hold on a driver’s vehicle registration if that driver has an outstanding toll violation.
  • The list of qualifying professions and individuals whose personal information is confidential and exempt from public records will expand to include the following: current and former public defenders, criminal conflict and civil regional counsel, assistant public defenders and assistant criminal conflict and civil regional counsel, and their spouses and children. To see other protected groups, see the Privacy section of our website, www.mypalmbeachclerk.com.  

For more information about the Clerk’s office, please visit www.mypalmbeachclerk.com or call (561) 355-2996.

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.

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