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Back child support tied to vehicle registration program collects $1.17 million

HOUSTON – A vehicle registration program that is tied to back child support has collected over $1 million in back payments from 3,852 parents as of March 31, according to Texas General Attorney Ken Paxton’s office.

The Child Support Division started the enforcement program in September. It prevents parents who have not paid their court-ordered child support payments from licensing vehicles until the payments are current.

The CSD sends noncustodial parents a 90-day notice before their registration expires to provide enough time for them to call the attorney general’s office and set up a reasonable payment plan, according to the attorney general office.

“This program is proving to be an effective tool in convincing delinquent parents to fulfill their most important obligation – providing for their children,” Paxton said. “As soon as a payment is arranged, the hold on an auto registration renewal is released. The aim of the program is to obtain compliance with court orders to provide support for children, not to punish parents or deny them their livelihood.”

The CSD collects $12.26 for every $1 spent to run the program and collected over $4 billion in child support in 2016.

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