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25-518. Child support arrearage; license suspension; hearing
A. If a court finds from the evidence presented at a hearing to enforce a child support order that the obligor has wilfully failed to pay child support, continues after notice pursuant to section 25-517, subsection A to wilfully fail to pay child support and is at least six months in arrears, the court shall do either of the following:
1. Send a certificate of noncompliance to the board or agency ordering the suspension or denial of a driver license or recreational license.
2. Send a certificate of noncompliance to the department of transportation that the noncommercial driver license of the obligor be restricted to travel as described in section 28-144.
B. To be eligible for a restricted license pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 2 of this section, the obligor must do all of the following:
1. Be employed for at least thirty hours per week.
2. Have a place of employment or attend a school that is located more than one mile from the obligor's place of residence.
3. Show that the employment or educational endeavor can reasonably be expected to contribute to bringing the obligor into compliance with the support order in a timely manner.
4. Enter into a payment plan with the department of economic security to pay the child support arrearage. If the court finds that the obligor is not in compliance with the agreement at any time, the obligor is subject to license suspension pursuant to this section.
C. If the obligor has complied with the support order since the suspension or denial, the obligor may petition the court for a hearing. If the obligor establishes at the review hearing that the obligor is in compliance with the support order or a court ordered plan for payment of arrearages, the court shall send a certificate of compliance to the board or agency. Except for licenses issued under title 17, the obligor may then apply for license reinstatement and shall pay all applicable fees.
D. In a title IV-D case, the department or its agent may file with the clerk of the superior court an affidavit indicating that the obligor is in compliance with the support order or the child support obligation. Within five business days after the affidavit is filed, the clerk shall send a notice of compliance to the obligor by first class mail. The clerk shall send a copy of the notice of compliance to the department and the licensing board or agency.
E. Except for licenses issued under title 17, the board or agency shall suspend or deny the license of the licensee within thirty days after receiving the notice of noncompliance from the court. The board or agency shall not lift the suspension until the board or agency receives a certificate of compliance from the court. Notwithstanding section 41-1064, subsection C and section 41-1092.11, subsection B, the board or agency is not required to conduct a hearing. The board or agency shall notify the department in writing or by any other means prescribed by the department of all suspensions within ten days after the suspension. The information shall include the name, address, date of birth and social security number of the licensee and the license category.
F. A certificate of noncompliance without further action invalidates a license to take wildlife in this state and prohibits the obligor from applying for a license issued by an automated drawing system under title 17. The court shall send a copy of the certificate of noncompliance to the department of economic security, and the department of economic security shall notify the Arizona game and fish department of all obligors against whom a notice of noncompliance has been issued and who have applied for a license issued by an automated drawing system.
G. Notwithstanding this section, the title IV-D agency or its agent may send a certificate of noncompliance to a board or agency to order it to suspend an obligor's professional or occupational license if the obligor:
1. Has wilfully failed to pay child support, continues after notice pursuant to section 25-517, subsection E to wilfully fail to pay child support and is at least six months in arrears.
2. Requested an administrative review and the determination confirms that the obligor is required to pay child support and has wilfully failed to pay and that either the obligor did not request a hearing on the determination or the determination was upheld after a hearing.
3. Failed to respond to the notice pursuant to section 25-517, subsection E.
H. If the obligor has paid all arrearages or if the obligor has entered into a written agreement with the title IV-D agency or its agent, the title IV-D agency shall issue a notice of compliance to the licensing board or agency.