TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- For one day only, the majority of Clerks of Court throughout Florida will open on Saturday, April 18, to accept overdue traffic tickets as well as criminal fines and fees, without charging the collection agency fees of up to 40 percent.
This statewide event, called Operation Green Light, will allow customers to reinstate suspended driver’s licenses once they have paid in full.
“Driving while your license is suspended is a serious crime in the State of Florida that could lead to jail time and felony charges,” said Clerk Tara Green of Clay County, who is the coordinator of the statewide event. “Operation Green Light, with the participation of Clerks in 62 counties, brings relief to citizens who have incurred overdue fines and fees and helps them to drive legally again.”
Late fees and interest will not be waived. However, during Operation Green Light, statutory collections surcharges of up to 40 percent will not be charged. For example, on a $206 ticket for going 10-15 mph over the speed limit, up to $82.40 in collections fees would not be charged.
“Since 2010, state revenues have not met the budgetary needs of Florida’s Clerks of Court,” said Clerk Sharon R. Bock, chair of the Florida Clerks of Court Operations Corporation (CCOC). “This prompted us to seek an innovative solution to enhance collections efforts.”
CCOC supports the Clerks of Court in all 67 counties in the State of Florida by reviewing and certifying court-related proposed budgets.
“Through this innovative program, Florida’s Clerks of Court have become a conduit to assist the public,” said Joseph E. Smith, president of the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers. “Across the state, Operation Green Light will empower thousands of citizens to pay their outstanding tickets and restore their driving privileges – all without having to pay the statutory collection surcharge.”
For a list of participating Clerk’s offices and other important information please visit www.flccoc.org/ogl. Exact hours and locations will vary by county.