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Maxwell to hold Operation Green Light March 1-5

Clerk of Court Michele Maxwell is joining clerks of court throughout Florida in conducting the 2021 Operation Green Light, 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.

During the week of Monday through Friday, March 1 through 5, Franklin County customers with suspended driver licenses will have an opportunity to pay overdue court obligations, including traffic tickets, while saving 40 percent in collection agency fees to get their license back.

The weeklong event will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. at the clerk’s office, at 33 Market Street in Suite 203, in Apalachicola.

“With many Floridians struggling financially, events like Operation Green Light are as important as ever. Last year, Florida’s clerks of court helped residents save thousands in collection fees through virtual driver license reinstatement events.” 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.”

In Florida, driver licenses can be revoked as a penalty when traffic tickets or other court obligations go unpaid. During Operation Green Light, many local clerks will work with individuals to lower or waive fees, so they can pay back their outstanding court obligations and have their license reinstated.

While thousands of Floridians currently have a suspended license, clerks are doing their part to help reduce that number. During the 2019 and 2020 driver license reinstatement events, more than 18,000 Floridians with suspended licenses either had their license reinstated or became eligible for reinstatement.

The 2021 Operation Green Light events will be hosted within a two-week period, from Feb. 20 to March 6. With the health and safety of the public in mind, events will operationally vary by county with in-person, virtual, or hybrid events. No matter the type of event, the goal remains the same – help as many Floridians as possible save money and get their license back.

The Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers is a statewide, nonprofit member association that provides local government support services, technical assistance and accreditation opportunities for all members of the association. For more information, visit www.flclerks.com

This article originally appeared on The Apalachicola Times: Maxwell to hold Operation Green Light March 1-5

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