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WAC 388-14A-4510

Who is subject to the DCS license suspension program?

(1) The division of child support (DCS) may serve a notice of noncompliance on a noncustodial parent (NCP) who is not in compliance with a child support order.
(a) DCS may serve a notice of noncompliance on an NCP who meets the criteria of this section, even if the NCP is in jail or prison. Unless the NCP has other resources available while in jail or prison, DCS stays the commencement of the objection period set out in WAC 388-14A-4505 (5)(b) until the NCP has been out of jail or prison for thirty days.
(b) DCS may serve a notice of noncompliance on an NCP who meets the criteria of this section, even if the NCP is a public assistance recipient. DCS stays the commencement of the objection period in WAC 388-14A-4505 (5)(b) until the thirty days after the NCP's cash assistance grant is terminated.
(2) Compliance with a child support order for the purposes of the license suspension program means the NCP owes no more than six months' worth of child support.
(3) Noncompliance with a child support order for the purposes of the license suspension program means an NCP has:
(a) An obligation to pay child support under a court or administrative order; and
(b) Accumulated a support debt, also called an arrears or arrearage, totaling more than six months' worth of child support payments; or
(c) Failed to do one of the following:
(i) Make payments required by a court order or administrative order towards a support debt in an amount that is more than six months' worth of payments; or
(ii) Make payments to the Washington state support registry under a written agreement with DCS toward current support and arrearages and the arrearages still amount to more than six months' worth of child support payments.
(4) There is no minimum dollar amount required for license suspension, as long as the arrears owed by the NCP amount to more than six months' worth of support payments:
Example 1. Assume the child support order sets current support at one hundred dollars per month: The NCP has not made a single payment since the order was entered seven months ago. This NCP is more than six months in arrears.
Example 2. Assume the child support order sets current support at one hundred dollars per month: The NCP has paid for the last few months, but owes arrears of over six hundred dollars. This NCP is more than six months in arrears.
Example 3. Assume the child support order sets current support at one hundred dollars per month: The child is over eighteen, and no more current support is owed. However, the NCP has a debt of over one thousand two hundred dollars. This NCP is more than six months in arrears.
Example 4. Assume a judgment of three thousand dollars is entered by the court: The order requires the NCP to pay fifty dollars per month toward the arrears. The NCP has not made payments toward this obligation for eight months. This NCP is more than six months in arrears.
[Statutory Authority: 2017 c 269 is authorized under RCW 26.23.030, 34.05.220 (1)(a), 34.05.322, 34.05.350 (1)(a) and (b), 74.04.055, 74.08.090, 74.20.040(9), 74.20A.310, and 74.20A.328. WSR 17-23-046, § 388-14A-4510, filed 11/8/17, effective 12/9/17. Statutory Authority: 2009 c 408, RCW 34.05.060, 43.20A.550, 74.04.055, 74.04.057, 74.20A.310, 74.20A.320(10), and 74.20A.350(14). WSR 10-03-029, § 388-14A-4510, filed 1/12/10, effective 2/12/10. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.20A.320. WSR 03-18-114, § 388-14A-4510, filed 9/2/03, effective 10/15/03. Statutory Authority: RCW 74.08.090, 74.20A.320. WSR 01-03-089, § 388-14A-4510, filed 1/17/01, effective 2/17/01. Formerly WAC 388-14-530.]
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