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One method Texas law uses to enforce child support is motor vehicle registration. In 2016, Texas law began allowing for the denial of motor vehicle registration to parents who aren’t paying his or her child support obligation.
Under the law, anyone who has missed child support payments for six consecutive months will have to resume payments before renewing their vehicle registration. If denied, the parent would have to contact the Texas Attorney General’s Office and get payment plan started to release the hold on their registration. The entire back child support doesn’t have to be paid, but an initial payment plus agreement to a payment plan is required.
The Attorney General’s Office did report an initial uptick in payments when the law went into effect in December 2016, but it is unknown how effective over the long term the law will be. The law only applies to renewals and not new registration and it doesn't apply to cars owned by other people such as a spouse or other family member.
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