DMV changes license info to stop sex predator mistakes

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The Florida agency that issues driver’s licenses has changed how clerks enter information into the computer system after two people were given licenses that wrongly labeled them sex offenders or predators.

An agency spokesman on Monday provided The Associated Press with a memo outlining the changes, which were implemented three weeks ago.

Under the changes, the drop-down box checked for sexual offenders has been moved away from other boxes that are checked if the driver wants to donate an organ or is dependent on insulin.

Additionally, if the sexual offender or predator box is checked, a window pops up asking, “Is this correct?”

The family of a Jacksonville man whose license was mislabeled reached a $20,000 settlement after he died.

A Lake County woman also has threatened a lawsuit.

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