The Florida D6 Clearance
If you fail to appear for court after receiving a criminal citation or civil traffic infraction or if you fail to pay a fine or complete some other condition ordered by the court, then the court may suspend your Florida driver license by issuing a D-6 suspension.
In order to reinstate your Florida driver license, you should contact the clerk of court in the county where the suspension occurred to clear the hold so the clerk’s office can provide the D-6 clearance form (or D6 clearance) to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).
What is a D-6 Suspension?
A D-6 suspension occurs when a person is issued a citation and fails to appear or fails to pay or complete some other condition required by the court.
The court sends an order requiring the department to suspend the person’s driving privilege until the person comes into compliance. The department issues a post-dated suspension order (for a post-dated suspension set out 20 days).
These suspensions can appear as a failure to appear on traffic summons and/or failed to pay traffic fines. Each has an identifiable ticket number.
It is possible for a driver to have a “failed to pay” and “failed to appear” with the same ticket number. In that case, the person would have to show two clearances, one for each suspension.
The effective dates or offense dates do not indicate the person was issued the ticket, only the date the Florida Department of Highway Safety (HDSMV) suspended the license for the failure to pay or the failure to appear. The length of the suspension is indefinite.
If the person shows a clearance for the suspension prior to the suspension taking effect, the suspension will be purged from the driver record immediately and does not require a service fee.
Court requirements met means that the customer received a clearance from the court after the suspension date, but must pay a $60 service fee. The ticket number / county court indicates which county the ticket was issued in and the ticket number.
Attorneys on Florida’s D6 Suspension in Hillsborough County, FL
Contact an attorney at the Sammis Law Firm, P.A., in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, who can answer your questions about obtaining a Florida D-6 clearance, particularly if you are concerned about triggering a license suspension because of numerous tickets or excessive points on your Florida driving record.
If you have also been cited for driving while license suspended, an attorney focused on driving while license suspended charges can assist you in obtaining a D-6 clearance so that you can return to court with a valid driver license for a case pending in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Clearwater or St. Petersburg, Pinellas County, Dade City or New Port Richey, Pasco County, Florida.
In those cases in which an individual is able to reinstate their Florida driver license, the criminal defense attorney can attempt to convince the prosecutor to drop the charges against the individual or at least amend the charges to a less serious offense that will not trigger another suspension.