Passports Denied Because of Child Support Debt
The Passport Denial Program, which is part of the Federal Offset Program, helps states enforce delinquent child support obligations. Under the program, non-custodial parents certified by a state as having child support debt exceeding $2,500 are submitted by the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) to the Department of State (DOS), which denies them U.S. passports upon application or theuse of a passport service. Additional details about obtaining a U.S. passport when you owe child support are available through the DOS.
If the DOS denied your passport request because you owe child support, you must contact your local child support agency to make satisfactory arrangements to pay your delinquent child support obligation. If more than one state reported a delinquency in excess of $2,500, you must reach an agreement with all states involved in order for the DOS to release your passport.
Once you satisfy your debt or make a satisfactory agreement to satisfy your debt, the state(s) will request that OCSE remove you from the passport denial process. It takes approximately two to three weeks from the time OCSE receives a request for removal for the State Department to withdraw the passport denial.
The Passport Agency holds the passport application for 90 days from the date of the denial letter. If you have cleared the child support debt before ninety days, a new fee will not be necessary. Otherwise, a new application and fee will be required.
For more information on the Passport Denial Program, please visit the Federal Parent Locator website from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) or view answers to frequently asked questions.