Friday, 16 August 2013 07:00
EDINBURG – In an effort to further recoup monies owed, Hidalgo County began denying vehicle registration services to residents with felony or misdemeanor fines and fees that are 90 days past due. This new addition to the County’s Scofflaw Program aims to expand efforts to enhance collections by catching “scofflaws” who have skipped out on their obligations. The expanded Scofflaw Program took effect beginningAugust 14.
Hidalgo County commenced the Scofflaw Program in October 2012, denying vehicle registration services to residents who had outstanding and overdue fines and fees owed to justice of the peace courts; since the program’s inception, over $1 million has been collected either via the online pay portal or at the justices of the peace offices directly.
The Texas Legislature approved the Scofflaw Program in 1997, which allows county tax assessor-collectors to deny registration of a vehicle if they receive information that the registrant owes the county a past due fine or fee. The program is a mechanism for counties to chastise “scofflaws,” defined as “contemptuous law violators,” as a means of recouping money that is owed.