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Lee Clerk’s Operation Green Light is on

By Staff | Apr 10, 2024

Anyone with a suspended license or overdue traffic tickets may be eligible to get back on the road through the Lee County Clerk’s annual Operation Green Light. During the event, those with cases in collections will be allowed to pay their court fees and fines without getting charged the 25% collection surcharge. Additionally, Operation Green Light offers special payment plans that are only available during the event.

Operation Green Light will take place now through April 19 (weekdays) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lee Clerk’s office at the downtown Fort Myers Justice Center or the Cape Coral Branch. Customers can also call 239-533-5000 or save time by scheduling an appointment at leeclerk.org/appointment.

Since 2020, Operation Green Light has saved customers around $2.5 million in collection fees, and more than 3,000 people became eligible to get their licenses back.

Last year’s event resulted in:

• 122 licenses reinstated

• 594 licenses made eligible for reinstatement

• 1,339 cases paid in-full

“I want to encourage anyone who has a suspended license, overdue traffic ticket or court case in collections to come to the Lee County Clerk’s office and take advantage of Operation Green Light during April 8-19,” said Kevin Karnes, Lee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller. “We are proud to host this annual event, which is the perfect opportunity for citizens to save money and get back behind the wheel.”

Traffic tickets have to be paid in full, however customers may enter into an affordable monthly payment plan for criminal court fees. Cash, credit card, check and/or money order will be accepted. In addition to payment plans, community service opportunities are also an option for certain qualifying fines.

Additional fees to the Tax Collector are required to reinstate a driver license. For questions about driver license reinstatements, visit the Tax Collector’s website at leetc.com.

For more information about the Clerk’s Operation Green Light, visit leeclerk.org/ogl.

About the Lee County Clerk’s office

The Florida Constitution established the Clerk of the Circuit Court as a public trustee, responsible for safeguarding public records and public funds. Clerk Kevin Karnes is directly elected by and accountable to Lee County residents. In addition to the role of Clerk of the Circuit Court, the Clerk is the County Recorder and Clerk of the Board of County Commissioners, and the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Auditor for Lee County.