Operation Green Light (OGL) is a driver license reinstatement event held annually to reduce the number of driver license suspensions and give individuals with suspended driver licenses the chance to save on certain fees.
Promotion of this year’s Operation Green Light effort resulted in high turn-out. Clay County’s Clerks work this annual event on a Saturday (i.e., over the weekend) to make sure citizens who work during the week can still take full advantage of this one-time-per year cost-saving opportunity. Several citizens expressed relief that they could use funds from their federal COVID-19 stimulus checks to pay off their court debt and finally get their license back.
A successful day in Clay (2/27/21):
- $34,000 in unpaid, past-due court costs, fines and fees were collected in just five hours.
- 89 cases were paid in full (and those people’s names/cases taken off the collection agency lists).
- 42 Payment Plans were written covering 165 cases representing $91,000 in court costs, fines and fees now on track to be paid..
- 60 defendants were made eligible for reinstatement of their Driver License – that’s five dozen citizens able to get back on the road driving legally. That’s a win-win for the community.
“Operation Green Light is a state mandated program, but we are happy to go the extra mile to provide it each year, especially when we see these kind of results”, said Clay County Clerk of Court and Comptroller Tara S. Green.
“With many Floridians struggling financially, events like Operation Green Light are as important as ever,” said Chris Hart IV, Chief Executive Officer of Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers. “This Clerk of Court initiative reduces the burden on Floridians who are simply trying to do the right thing by paying back their obligations to the courts. More importantly, it helps those people regain driving privileges, so they can begin to move on with their lives.”
More than 18,000 Floridians were made eligible for driver license (DL) reinstatement due to Operation Green Light in the last two years (2019 and 2020 combined). Statewide DL reinstatement figures for 2021 OGL efforts will be available by the end of the month once all OGL events conclude across the state.