Starting August 1st the Department of Children and Family services is giving parents who are behind on child support the opportunity to get their drivers license back without having to pay off everything they owe immediately.

Regional Administrator for Child Support Enforcement Sandra Broussard has the details on how “On The Road” works…

“Pay two months of current or ongoing child support, 100 dollars towards and past due amounts they owe, and also any court ordered administrative fees.”

Previously parents could have their license suspended for being 90 days past due and could not get their license reinstated without making the full back-payment.

Broussard says getting non-custodial parents their licenses back increases make them more likely to make payments…

“They can go out and seek gainful employment or maintain the employment that they have, and bottom line is we hope they can become more involved in their lives of their children.”

It’s the second year of the program that began a six-week run last year. Broussard says they’re hoping for even better results this year…

“We had 249 families who received child support, 195 non-custodial parents who participated, and we collected almost 200,000 dollars.”

The program runs through September 30th.