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Can I use my passport if I owe more than $5000 in child support?

by Rudolph
(Miami, Fl USA)

Question: If you owe more than $5000 in child support and you try to travel internationally round trip on your existing, valid passport, will you be denied travel? What will happen?


Answer: First of all, the amount for which a person can be denied a passport has been changed to $2500.

You should only have a problem with your current, valid passport if it has been revoked. If that had occurred, you would have received notice of the fact.

According to federal law, "Passport revocation may be effected when the person obtained the passport fraudulently, when the passport was issued in error, when the person’s certificate of naturalization was canceled by a federal court, or when the person would not be entitled to a new passport under 22 CFR 51.70 (a) or (b)."

It goes on to say, "The physical revocation of a passport is often difficult, and an apparently valid passport can be used for travel until officially taken by an arresting officer or by a court."

Seriously problems can arise if your passport is lost or stolen while traveling abroad and need to obtain another in order to return to the United States.

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Can I use my passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I owe 7,000 in child support and I have a valid passport. I leave in 2 weeks and I'm going overseas. Can I use my valid passport to come back in United States?

Answer: Owing over $2500 in child support arrears puts you in the passport denial list. If you have a valid passport, you may travel overseas and re-enter the United States unless there is any other legal reason for you not to be allowed to.

I haven't applied for a passport, but...
by: Anonymous

Question: If I never tried to apply because I knew there was a hold from child support but I did call and ask if child-support passport division would lift the hold so I can get it, does that mean when I cross they will hold me while coming back?

Answer: The only way to be taken off the passport denial list is to pay your child support arrears in full. If you are traveling from overseas, you will not be allowed back in to the U.S. without a passport book or any other valid travel document.

Freezing of passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I owe 2890 it was up to 3800 can I still use my valid passport I leave in a week can my child's mother get my passport revoked by calling in?

Answer: You may use your passport for travel. However, you need to pay your child support arrears in full in order to be taken off the passport denial list and be able to renew your passport when it expires.

Non child support revocation?
by: DS

Question: My ex claims she can have my passport revoked for arrears of retirement percentage she was awarded. Is this true?

Answer: Passport Services may deny issuance and restrict use of passports for a number of reasons. We recommend you consult an attorney regarding the matter.

Suspension of passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Is it true the ex-spouse has to contact the child support office to revoke or suspend a passport?

Answer: The child support office cannot revoke or suspend a passport. The law is that anyone with over $2500 in arrears of child support is entered into the passport denial list. To be removed from that list and obtain a passport, that parent must pay the arrears in full.

Can I still use my passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I owe 3000 in child support. I already have a passport. Can I still use it to travel?

Answer: Yes, you may use your current passport for travel. However, in order to renew your passport when it expires, you need to pay your arrears in full to remove your name from the denial list.

Issue with getting passport back
by: Anonymous

Question: I renewed my passport a year early and now I have been denied due to child support however my current passport doesn't expire until March 2018 but they sent it in at the passport office as proof of citizenship when I applied for renewal. Will they send my old one back to me? I am traveling out the country in a couple of weeks. No letter was sent saying to me saying that my passport has been revoked and when I called the passport office they couldn't give me an answer saying they would get back to me.

Answer: Passport services does not return passports when applications are denied. Please contact the state agency to which you owe arrears to make arrangements for payment.

Denied renewal took my current passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I renewed my passport a year early and now I have been denied due to child support however my current passport doesn't expire until March 2018 but they took it at the passport office when I applied for renewal. Will they send my old one back to me? I am traveling out the country in a couple of weeks.

Answer: Since you were denied a passport due to child support arrears, your previously-issued passport will not be returned to you. Please contact the state agency to which you owe arrears to make arrangements for payment. Once the payment is made, your name will be removed from the passport denial list and your application will be processed.

Past due arrears
by: Anonymous

Question: It seems that even if you owe child support many people are still successful at obtaining a passport. Why is that? Is it possible to owe child support and not be on the passport denial list? My child's mother got one and she owes 15000.

Answer: Contact the Office of Child Support Enforcement in the state in which child support is paid to discuss this issue. The state agency is responsible for placing those who owe $2500 or more in arrears on the passport denial list.

Passport and California Car Tax
by: Anonymous

Question: I haven't paid this years car tags and I'm planning to go on vacation. It's 6 months late. Will they not let me on the plane because of this? I was planning on paying when I got back.

Answer: It will not be an issue.

passport revoked + repatriation loan
by: Anonymous

Question: Was overseas and passport was revoked & limited validity issued to travel back to US due to arrest warrant. Repatriation loan paid for my minor son's flight. Matters resolved in US & am back living overseas with my son. I'm a dual citizen so I have a valid passport from my other country of citizenship. Loan was around 1,500$ and I haven't paid it back nor have I received information from government, to the best of my knowledge, about paying it back. Need US passport for identity, banking, etc. If I apply for a new one, will I be able to receive it considering the debt?

Answer: Please contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general to discuss this matter.

Current passport - way to revoke?
by: Anonymous

Question: My ex-husband owes $70,000 in arrears, but has a current, valid passport. He certified for passport denial as of January 1. He travels a lot, and the enforcement of losing his ability to travel will be a big motivator to compel him to pay his back support. Can he continue to use his current passport? Is there a way to revoke the passport he has until he pays off his arrears?

Answer: Your ex-husband can continue to use his current, valid passport until it expires. Please contact the U.S. Department of State Office of Legal Affairs for information about the possible revocation of your ex-husband's passport.

U.S. Department of State
Office of Legal Affairs
CA/PPT/S/L/LA
44132 Mercure Circle
PO Box 1227
Sterling, VA 20166-1227

Phone: (202) 485-6400
Fax: (202) 485-6496

Back child support
by: Ricardo

Question: Am I able to travel out the US if I owe child support more than 2500 and I still pay child support till this day? Will I still be able to get a passport?

Answer: If you already have a valid passport and it has not been revoked, you can use it until it expires. You will not be able to get a new passport if you owe $2500 or more in arrears until you pay the full amount.

revoked passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My international passport have been revoked. Can I travel internationally and return to the United States?

Answer: Please contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general for answers to passport questions while abroad.

JohnnyRay
by: Anonymous

Question: My children's mother owes me nearly $20,000 in back child support and has already obtained a passport. She is planning on leaveing the US soon. Is there anything that can be done to put a freeze on her passport?

Answer: Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak with a customer service representative.

Will passport be voided?
by: Anonymous

Question: I own a passport. If my arrears exceed $2500, will they void my passport?

Answer: Your passport can be revoked. However, it does not happen often. Usually, your name is placed on the passport denial list and you are unable to renew your passport. Contact the State Child Support Agency Passport Denial Program for the state to which you owe arrears for more information.

passport for child support
by: Anonymous

Question: What does back child support have to do with your passport? For some people, a passport is their proof of citizenship, or birth certificate that they have to have for jobs or entrying airbases, or even traveling overseas to see their families. By blocking or refusing people to obtain a passport, it is like taking away your citizenship. Don't you agree?

Answer: The Passport Denial Program, which is part of the Federal Offset Program, is designed to help states enforce delinquent child support obligations. Under the program, noncustodial parents certified by a state as having arrearages 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 the use of a passport service.

Denial of a passport does not change citizenship status. There are millions of Americans who do not have passports. Those who do not possess a passport can use a birth certificate to prove their U.S. citizenship.

Individuals who want to obtain passports but owe $2500 or more in child support arrears need only pay the arrears in order to have their names removed from the Passport Denial Program.

Passport restriction for owing child support
by: Anonymous

Question: My fiance owes child support. His passport is restricted though payment plan has been made by him. What can he do to enable him travel abroad because of his new relationship?

Answer: If your fiancé's passport has been restricted due to child support arrears, he needs to contact the State Child Support Agency Passport Denial Program for the state to which he owes the arrears for information about how to get the restrictions removed.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I reenter the United States if my passport has been revoked? I owe $3000.

Answer: A passport is not automatically revoked because the bearer owes $2500 or more in child support arrears. Unless you have received a letter informing you that the passport was revoked, it is still valid until the date of expiration.

If your passport has expired, you will not be able to renew it until you pay the arrears in full. If that is the case, you might be able to get an emergency, limited-validity passport to return to the United States. Please contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general for assistance.

Can I use my passport if I owe child support
by: Antoine

Question: I'm traveling to Mexico soon and want to know if I can use my passport. I owe over $5000 in child support but have been making payments every week since I got my job back in April 2015.

Answer: Your passport is valid until the date of expiration unless you have received notice that is was revoked which does not occur often. The problem will be when you need to renew your passport. If you owe more than $2500 at that time, your new passport will be denied.


Is my passport vaild to travel?
by: Anonymous

Question: I leave to go out the country in 2 days. Can I use my passport if I owe $1500? It's never reached $2500. Please let me know?

Answer: Only those who owe $2500 or more in child support arrears are placed on the passport denial list. For more information, contact the Office of Child Support Enforcement in your state for more information.

Is my passport vaild?
by: Anonymous

Question: If I owe less than $2500, is my passport still valid?

Answer: Your passport is valid until the date of expiration whether you owe less or more than $2500. The amount you owe only affects your ability to obtain a new passport or renew a previously-issued passport.

If the amount you owe reaches $2500, you will be placed on the passport denial list and will not be able to renew your passport until the arrears are paid in full.

If you owed more than $2500 but have now reduced that amount to below $2500, you may already be listed on the passport denial list. Again, this will only affect your ability to renew your passport.

Stepson's passport
by: Lynn

Question: My stepson has a passport. He currently pays child support payments that are set up through the state. Can he still travel internationally? He does owe $5000.00 and has been making monthly payments for the past 2 years. We are taking the family on vacation in December to Mexico and want to make sure he can go with us before we book the trip.

Answer: Your son's passport is valid for international travel until it expires or is revoked. He will not be able to renew his passport until arrears are paid in full.

past due child support holding current passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Can my ex leave the country with a current passport? He owes over $13,000 in back child support but he holds a passport from before our divorce.

Answer: Unless his passport has been revoked or restricted by the Department of State, he can use his valid passport to travel abroad. Contact the Office of Child Support Enforcement if you would like to find out about the possibility of having his passport revoked or restricted.

Cashless Mom
by: Cashless Mom

Question My son's father owes $9,000 in child support and was successful in obtaining a passport. He is now overseas. What can be done now to revoke his passport?

Answer: Contact the National Passport Information Center about this issue by calling 1-877-487-2778.

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