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Got a suspended license? Operation Green Light can help

Events in Duval, Nassau counties allow people to legally get back on road

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – If you live in Duval or Nassau counties and have had your driver's license suspended for overdue traffic tickets, you have a chance to get your driving privileges back and save money.

Those are two of 60 counties around the state taking part in Operation Green Light, which allows some people with suspended licenses to avoid criminal fees and pay fines in full while waiving the 40% collections surcharge.

Here's how Operation Green Light works in Duval County:

The Duval County Courthouse and Duval County Tax Collector's Office opened from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. last Saturday for people to pay off fines and late fees and then get their driver's license reinstated.

More than 500 people have already taken advantage of the opportunity to begin the process of getting their licenses back and getting back on the road, the Clerk’s Office said. More than $135,000 in overdue fines and fees have been collected from customers paying online and at the offices.

Operation Green Light will continue throughout the week through Oct. 18 during regular 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., at the Duval County Courthouse, the Duval County Tax Collectors office as well as any tax collectors branch location during those hours.

The Duval County Clerks of Courts says this is a great way for people to get their lives back on track. 

"People got their licenses reinstated, probably we're able to get insurance, go find jobs, even some schools require you to have your license instated or other fees and fines paid," said Ronnie Fussell, Duval County Clerk of Courts.  

Fines must be paid in full. Late fees and interest will not be waived. Payments must be made in full by cash, money order or credit card. Checks will not be accepted. Payments can also be made online. In order to have collections fees waived, full payment must be received by Oct. 18 at 5 p.m.

Those who prefer to skip the line can take part in Operation Green Light from the comfort of their homes. The deadline for online submissions was extended to 5 p.m. Oct. 18.

Full instructions and the online registration form can be found by visiting duvalclerk.com/greenlight.

The last Operation Green Light was four years ago and it was a one-day event raising more than $500,000.

According to the Duval County Clerk of Courts, the money raised through the first Operation Green Light helped more than 30 entities throughout the county. 

Here's how Operation Green Light works in Nassau County:

The Nassau County Clerk of Court offices will work to help restore driver licenses of people who have suspended drivers licenses due to overdue traffic fines.

The Clerk of Court offices located in Yulee and Fernandina will open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 for those who wish to avoid paying excess surcharges in addition to the fines and late fees.

“This is a great opportunity to save some money and get back on the road legally,” said John A. Crawford, Nassau County clerk of Circuit Court and comptroller. “Those eligible can potentially save up to 35%.”

If you live in Nassau County and would like more information about the program or if you qualify can call the Clerk of Court Office at 904-548-4608.


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Lena Pringle

Anchors the 4:30 a.m. newscast, provides traffic updates throughout the rest of The Morning Show, then reports on events in the community.