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How do I get a passport if I've been denied because of child support?

by Hope / Walter
(Snellville, GA usa)

Question: I'm trying to travel in 10 days but just received notice that my passport was denied because of arrears. The court order when into effect December 10th of last year. I agreed to pay the arrears with my current support. Only paying $50 of my $489 payment a month. What are my chances of getting my passport approved before my departure on September 15? What steps do I need to take? It's a holiday weekend and I can't do anything until Tuesday.


Answer: The only way to get a passport if you are in arrears of child support is to make acceptable arrangements for payment of the arrears.

Following is the process that must be completed in order for you to obtain your U.S. Passport. It is based on Section 51.70 (a) (8) of Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

1. Before you submit the application for a United States passport, you should enter into contact with the state agency to which you owe child support and make arrangement to pay your arrears.

2. Then the State Child Support Enforcement Agency needs to report the fact that acceptable payment arrangements have been made to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

3. Following this, HHS has to remove your name from their list of those with unpaid arrears and send the updated list to the U.S. Department of State.

4. Finally, Passport Services has to receive the updates list from HHS and verify that your name has been removed before your passport application can be processed.

Note, it may take 2-3 weeks after being notified that arrangements for payment have been made before Passport Services is permitted to process your application.

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passport for students
by: Anonymous

Question: Is there any exceptions for a passport that is needed for college abroad? Another words, a study visa?

Answer A valid passport book is required for all international travel by air. If you plan to study abroad, you will also need a study visa stamped in your passport.

Wedding
by: Tom

Question: My daughter is getting married and she has chosen the wedding venue to be in Mexico City. Her Mother and I are on good terms and I have been paying monthly for 15 years but still owe around $40,000. I have every intention of continuing to pay as I have been but I cannot imagine missing my daughter's wedding and neither can her mother. Is there anything we can do to get me to the wedding?

Answer Once arrears reaches $2500, the amount must be paid in full before your name will be removed from the passport denial list. After an application is denied, some states allow the applicant to contest the decision but this is usually only in cases of a serious medical emergency, the imminent death of an immediate family member or travel related to employment. Please contact the state's child support enforcement agency to which you owe arrears for more information.

Process take to have my name removed
by: Anonymous

Question: My passport renewal was denied because of a $41.71 balance. My arrears at one point reached the $2,500 threshold but because I had a $41.71 balance my account never reached $0.00 which caused me to remain on the rejection list. I paid the balance today plus an extra week to be safe. I contacted my local child support agency and my account will reflect $0.00 as of today.

My question is typically how long is does the process take to have my name removed so I can reapply for my passport? Does Child support update the list daily, weekly or monthly? Is the list updated electrically so I can expedite the process? Once the passport agency has reviewed my clearance how long does the passport agency take to issue my new passport?

Answer Once payment is arranged, it may take 2-3 weeks before Passport Services is permitted to process your application. For more information, please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak with a customer service representative.

What if arrears are less than $2500?
by: Anonymous

Question: What if I owe less than $2500.00 on arrears and I'm on a payment plan? Do Ii still get denied a passport?

Answer Only those who owe arrears of $2500 or more are placed on the passport denial list. Once that amount is reached, the arrears must be paid in full for a name to be removed from the list. Please contact the state's child support enforcement agency to which you owe arrears for more information.

US Embassy in Central America will not give me info via email
by: Anonymous

Question: I submitted a passport renewal application in person in Central America and a week later the embassy via email said there was an error with my application and said I needed to come in to tell me about it. They said because of federal regulations they have to see me in person to tell me about the "error". I am over 2,500 in child support arrears and so figure that is the "error" and so they must have denied my application. My question is if I go into the embassy, will they take my current passport against my will and issue me a temporary one so that I must return to the USA? Is there a federal regulation that the embassy cannot communicate on the details of your application unless in person? Also, if I pay off the child support balance due and am taken off of the US State Dept. denial list, will the embassy simply process my application automatically when they see this (if within 90 days of the application) or will I need to contact the embassy to initiate the application process? Or, since the application is denied, will I have to submit a new one because it is done through the Embassy? Thanks

Answer We do not have access to your application and, therefore, cannot determine the reason you were asked to appear at the embassy.

If you submitted form DS-82: Application for a Passport Renewal, you would have been required to submit your previously-issued passport as part of the process. The application cannot be processed unless you submit your passport.

If you owe more than $2500, it is possible that your new passport will be denied. A previously-issued passport can also be revoked.

Please contact the state's child support enforcement agency to which you owe arrears to discuss the steps you can take to resolve the situation.

US Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My US passport has been denied 7 months ago because on that time I owed $6000 for child support. Now I owe $2200. Can I apply for my US passport now?

Answer Once the arrears reach $2500, you are usually required to pay the balance in full before your name is removed from the passport denial list. Please contact the state's child support enforcement agency to which you owe arrears for more information.

Passport Renewal
by: Harry

Question: The passport renewal agency does NOT but should recognize the court orders on the payment of arrears. Those that have for often very good reasons fallen behind in CS and subsequently ordered and and comply with repayment Court Orders signed by a judge, should be permitted to renew their passport. HHS needs to get with the program, recognize and follow court orders, stop holding people in arrears hostage, it ridiculous.

Answer Many states have a zero arrears policy, which means that generally the arrears must be paid in full before the passport restriction will be removed.

Once a passport application or renewal has been denied, some states allow you to contest the decision through the state's child support enforcement agency if travel is required for employment, a serious medical emergency, or the imminent death of an immediate family member.

Passport
by: Mike jone

Question: Hi. I owe child support for two kids. I owe $1875 for one and $2200 for the other. Is that $2500 per child or $2500 total? Will I be able to get my passport?

Answer Please contact the state child support enforcement agency to which you the arrears to inquire if you have been placed on the passport denial list.

How is his passport still valid?
by: Anonymous

Question: My ex-husband owes over $20000 in child support, doesn't live in US, hasn't seen his child for about 8 years and still travels to other countries with his US passport. How is his passport still valid if he owes that much child support?

Answer An individual is only placed on the passport denial list after reaching arrears of $2500. If the person has a valid passport at that time, it can be used until it expires. Once the passport expires, a new passport will not be issued. Please contact the state child support enforcement agency to which your ex-husband owes the arrears for more information.

US Passport Card
by: Anonymous

Question: I was issued a US Passport Card before I was ordered to pay child support. I am making monthly payments but I sill owe over $5000 in back child support. I was denied a Passport Book. My question is can I still use my valid Passport card to enter the US from Mexico by car?

Answer Your passport card is valid until the date of expiration unless you have received a letter of revocation. You can also use other WHTI-compliant documents to travel to Mexico by land.

need help
by: Anonymous

Question: I was denied my passport. I have been on a payment plan for sometime now. I was given a wedding gift for a trip to Mexico that is paid for 2/10/17 and cannot be changed. What can I do.? Please help me.

Answer If you were denied a passport due to child support arrears in the amount of $2500 or more, you must pay the arrears in full in order for your name to be removed from the passport denial list. Please contact the state child support enforcement agency to which you pay child support for more information.

Passport qualifying paying arrears
by: Anonymous

Question: I've been paying on my arrears in child support for a while now though payroll garnishments, is there a way for me to qualify for a passport?

Answer If you owe $2500 or more in child support arrears, you are not eligible to get a passport. Please contact the state child support enforcement agency to which you pay child support for more information.

passport release
by: Jerry

Question: I am in Japan ready to come home to visit my parents, but Georgia revoked my passport because I owed child support. I paid $19,300 balance so it is now zero. They still will not release my passport so I am in a country without a passport.

Answer Please contact the Georgia's Department of Human Services, Division of Child Support Services to resolve this issue. If the arrears have been paid in full, your name should be removed from the passport denial list. You might also contact the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo for assistance.

List
by: Anonymous

Question: How can you check to see if you are on the list?

Answer Contact the state child support enforcement agency to which you owe arrears to discover how much you owe and if your name has been included on the passport denial list.

NC Passport inquiry
by: Frederick

Question: I owe arrears in the state of PA; however, I have now been living in NC for approximately 2 yrs and have no longer been receiving anything from PA. My children are all grown now. Can I get a passport in NC?

Answer If you owe $2500 or more in child support arrears, your passport application will be denied. Please contact the state child support enforcement agency to which you paid child support for more information.

can i get a temp passport for medical serives
by: mike

Question: I was denied a passport card but my doctor is in Tijuana, Mexico. Can I get a temporary passort? I see my doctor two times a month.

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

Passport
by: us

Question: My father is extremely ill and doctors said it can be any day now. He is hospitalized in Ireland where he is citizen. I am a citizen of the United States (born here). How can I get a passport to visit him and say my final goodbye?

Answer In order to get a passport quickly, you need to either apply at a regional agency or employ the services of a registered courier service. Either way, you can get a passport as fast as the same day as long as you have all the appropriate documents.

Received passport for emergency
by: Anonymous

Question: I was paying child support consistently and then my ex decided to file for spousal support since she has never worked a day in her life. This somehow is in the same bucket as child support and made my $0 balance go up to $15000 for back payments to her. I had applied for a rush passport through a rush agency and they said I was denied for an emergency trip to see my dying grandmother. This is the only reason I found out I owed this much. I provided documentation and they granted me a "temporary passport" saying I can use it for the 2 weeks granted but the passport doesn't expire until 2026. I never received mail saying it was revoked. I now have my grandfather who is ill and I'm wondering if I can travel with this since it is not expired. Is there a "do not fly" list they could have placed me on? Will I get stuck abroad if they scan my passport and somehow see that I was only granted travel for that time period? Since it was an outside agency to apply for my passport, did this slip through the cracks since I did not receive one that had an expiration date at the end of those 2 weeks?

Answer Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak with a representative at the National Passport Information Center.

Passport needed for work
by: Anonymous

Question: My ex/noncustodial parent is paying like they are suppose to yet has a significant amount of arrears. If he needs to do global travel for his job, can he get his job to issue a letter to the state child support agency to have his passport renewed? This would be okay by me. There just seems to be no other away around this in such little time.

Answer Please contact the state child support enforcement agency concerning this issue. Some states approve the issuance of passports for emergency or work-related matters.

If I got left in Mexico
by: Anonymous

Question: If I was on a cruise to Mexico and missed the ship embarking and got left behind in Mexico but had my California driver's license and my birth certificate, would they let me back into the U.S if I walked thru customs at the border in San Diego?

Answer You should be allowed to enter the United States although you would probably be delayed due to the fact that you do not possess a valid passport. There is a possibility in the near future that Americans who try to reenter the United States without a passport will be fined.

How do I know if I'm off the HHS list?
by: Anonymous

Question: I received a letter saying I was going to have my passport suspended due to back child support. If that has been paid in full, how do I verify that my name is not on the HHS list before I try to leave the country? Is there a number to call?

Answer Please contact the state child support enforcement agency in your state. Once the arrears are paid in full, it is that agency that must report to HHS that payment has been made. HHS, in turn, reports to the U.S. Department of State.

What can I do?
by: Anonymous

Question: When I was court ordered to pay child support I was not notified by mail or directly. I actually did not find out until 3 to 4 years later. By that time I had accrued over $19,000 in back child support. Is there any way to fix this without having to go to court? I believe the person has the right to know they are being legally obligated to pay child support before interest charges are put in to play. My ex mother in law knew I no longer lived in the residence that she had the court send the notification to so I was not notified about the court date or the obligation. Is this even legal to make someone pay interest fees for something they didn't even know existed?

Answer Please contact the state child support enforcement agency in your state or an attorney for answers to your questions. We can only answer questions related to U.S. passports.

I need help
by: Antoine

Question: I just did paper work on my passport and a couple weeks later I get a paper saying I was denied cause I have child support arrears. If they are taking it out my check every two weeks, why can't I get my passport? It's crazy. Someone please tell me.

Answer: If you owe $2,500 or more in child support, you are not eligible to receive a U.S. passport. All questions about your child support arrears or the status of a payment should be directed to the appropriate state child support enforcement agency.

passport
by: Michael Morris

Question: I'm currently paying child support arrears. I need to know if I can obtain a passport to attend a family member's funeral. Currently, I am making payments as ordered.

Answer: If you owe $2,500 or more in child support, you are not eligible to receive a U.S. passport. All questions about your child support arrears or the status of a payment should be directed to the appropriate state child support enforcement agency.

Cruising
by: Anonymous

Question: My question wasn't really answered. I've been denied passport renewal and I'm on the list for that, but will that list also flag the use of my birth certificate for a closed loop tour? Will I be able to cruise just with a birth certificate so long as the cruise line will accept that documentation? Or will My birth certificate also be flagged by customs due to being on the no passport-renewal list?

Answer: A passport is not required to reenter the United States when traveling on a closed-loop cruise. However, a passport may still be required to enter the countries you visit during the cruise. Please contact the cruise line for information about travel document requirements.

Child support arrears loan
by: Danny Welsh

Question: A friend was denied a passport due to child support arrears. Turns out he's owed $2500+ and been on the passport denial list for the same 17 years since he first learned he had a son (at that child's age of 3). He's paid the court-ordered amount all but 33 weeks for the last 17 years. I'd like him to be the best man in my wedding in Mexico. What do you advise? Are there child support arrears loans available by any credible company? I mean, the guy has a very strong payment record and he can afford to have paid this $9000 the state says he owes over the last 17 years...come on, were talking about $10 per week!...but he cannot afford to pay it all at once. The both of us are pretty mystified that the state sets the amount that comes out of every paycheck, and he has never received word of a passport block (or for that matter even being in arrears) until receiving a passport application denial in the mail this week. That to me is a sign of a flawed system, but I'm not crusading to change the system. Just looking to see if there's someone smart enough yet to have figured out they can make a nice business offering passport loans at reasonable interest to pay off child support arrears to good men just like my friend who have been screwed by a crappy system.

Answer: We know of no institution that offers loans specifically to pay child support arrears. However, there are a few options your friend can pursue. The list is provided in no particular order.

1. Pay arrears with a credit card.
2. Apply for a personal loan.
3. Contact the state child support agency to see if they have a debt compromise program.

Can I add pages in my Passport if I am in rear for Child Support?
by: Titi

Question: The law talks about new passport or Renewal denial, but not clear about adding pages in a valid passport when you owe. Is it possible to add pages to your passport when you are in arrears for child support?

Answer: It is no longer possible to add visa pages to a passport. If you need more pages, you must apply for a passport renewal.

Birth Certificate?
by: SteelersFan

Question: If I have been denied renewal of my passport due to a child support arrearage, can I still take a closed loop cruise using just my birth certificate as identification for exit and reentry?

Answer: A passport is not required to reenter the United States when traveling on a closed-loop cruise. However, you may need a passport to enter the countries you will visit during the cruise. Please contact the cruise line for information about travel document requirements for your trip.

Need Passport in NC to Earn A living
by: Anonymous

Question: I live in NC. My income for 25 years at the salary level that child support was calculated was all based on international travel. In addition have custody of special needs child. This required very specific work schedule and projects. All occurred at time of financial crisis. Ex initiated having passport revoked which prevented doing the work trained to do. Areas have grown to more than $100,000 despite fact was unemployed and made a max of 30% of income that support figure was based. There is no way can pay amount and I don't feel it justified. Ongoing high stress over 15 years of debt obligations has had negative impact on health. Without passport there is 0 chance I can recover financially, career potential or healthwise. Each year not practicing my line of work results in rapid skill obsolescence and dramatic income reduction. Can you please suggest plan of action? I see no way out. I have limited funds. Can you refer attorney or support organization that can help. I am grateful for your advice and help. Thank you for your consideration!

Answer: The child support services in each state have different regulations concerning the payment of arrears and special circumstances allowed for removing a name from the passport denial list. Some states will review a case if the travel is required for employment, a serious medical emergency, or the imminent death of an immediate family member. Please contact the North Carolina Office of Child Support Enforcement for more information.

Olympic Games Athlete in Rio 2016
by: Anonymous

Question: I am a US athlete in weight lifting for the 2016 Rio games. I owe back child support, though that child is now over 40. I have not in recent years had a passport because of this issue.

I understand Brazil is not requiring athletes to obtain a visa for the period of the games.

Is there a waiver available under federal law since the Olympics are federal (US athletes) not athletes from the various states?

Answer: If you owe more than $2500, your application for a passport will be denied. You can apply, receive the denial letter and then try to appeal to have it overturned based on the special circumstances. Alternatively, you can try to get a congressman from your state involved to possibly obtain a limited-validity passport.

Non-Custodial Parent Arizona
by: Anonymous

Question: Dear Sir or Mama

Could you help me discover if Arizona is a Non-Arrears State for eligibility for passport. I am current on the Court Order Fiscal Responsibility, but have custody privilege with (Child) or custodial Parent.

So could you help me with the facts about passport eligibility in Arizona. Character defamation and opportunity to a greater standard of living is argued traveling abroad....

Answer: Please contact the Division of Child Support Services, Arizona Department of Economic Security

PO Box 40458
Phoenix, Arizona 85067-0458
Customer Service: (800) 882-4151
Metro Phoenix/Maricopa County: (602) 252-4045
Fax: (602) 771-8191

Entering the U.S.
by: Anonymous

Question: I owe about $7500.00. I have a valid passport but I have been out of the US for over a year. When I try to come back in, will customs take away my passport?

Answer: It is unlikely that your passport will be taken from you. Revoking a passport does not happen often. However, you will unable to renew your passport once it expired unless you pay the arrears in full.

Revocation
by: Anonymous

Question: I owe more than 37,000 in child support. I was just issued a passport. Can my passport be revoked?

Answer: Your passport can be revoked but it does not happen often and is a very difficult process.

WI
by: Trey

Question: I was wondering if you knew if Wisconsin is a zero arrears state? I'm going to contact the child support office. But I have a court order and am paying on the back child support each month. I saw on the Federal site that if you have an approved payment on arrears some states take you off the list. Just wondering if Wisconsin is one of those.

Answer: Please contact Wisconsin's child support office for answers to questions about arrears and passport denial.

Speedy process
by: Anonymous

Question: So my company is needing me on a job out of the country and I've never had a passport but I did have some back support that was preventing me from getting one but I just cleared it up my question is what can do to get my name off the HHS list sooner so my company can pay to have my passport expedited? Can I get official documentation from the state I owe and take it in with when I do my oppointment with the passport agency? Any help would be appreciated
Thanks

Answer: Once payment is arranged, it may take 2-3 weeks before Passport Services is permitted to process your application. Please contact your state's office of child support services to verify that they have contacted the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources concerning your situation. It is HHS's responsibility to remove your name from the list of outstanding arrears and contact the U.S. Department of State.

Passport for work travel
by: Anonymous

Question: I owe more than $25000 in arears. I need to travel for work. Can I still be issued a passport for strictly business?

Answer: It is sometimes possible to obtain a passport for work-related matters even if you owe more than $2500 in arrears. Each situation is reviewed on a case-by-case basis. You may be required to apply for a passport and have your request denied first. Then, you would contest the decision through your state's office of child support services. Please contact your state's office of child support services for more information.

Signed Court order
by: Anonymous

Question: I've commented on this before. I had a judge signed court order and was paying 3x the minimum assigned in the order. My passport renewal was denied until it was paid off. Ridiculous! What's the point of a court order then? That rule/law needs to change. They should be so good at catching illegal aliens.

Answer: As mentioned before, many states have a zero arrears policy. This means that, once a name is placed on the passport denial list, arrears must be paid in full in order for the name to be removed.

If you believe strongly that the rule/law needs to change, we suggest you contact your state speaking with state senators, lawmakers and members of the assembly.

passports should be approved
by: Anonymous

Question: I don't see why you can't issue a passport to a man or woman that owes arrears as long as they are making steady payments on those arrears. The states should be required to make an attempt to make reasonable arrangements for those who are paying there arrears on a steady basis.

Answer: Many but not all states have a zero arrears policy concerning those whose arrears surpass $2500. Please contact the office of child support services in the state for which you owe arrears for information about their policy.

Child support
by: Anonymous

Question: I was denied a passport because of back child support. The letter stated that some states will allow you to get a passport if you make payment arrangement. What are the states?

Answer: Please contact the state child support enforcement agency to which you owe arrears for information about having your name removed from the passport denial list.

No consistency
by: Anonymous

Question:In my experience with this problem, there is a disconnect between the county/state agency and HHS. I had a signed court order by the judge repaying arrears and it didn't matter. One entity told me the arrears had to be zero, yet 2500 is mentioned. If the court establishes a repayment schedule, and it's being complied with, why shouldn't the county/state/HHS change their policy and follow the order?

Answer: An individual is only placed on the passport denial list once arrears reach $2500 or more. In order to have his or her name removed from the list, arrears must be paid in full.

Child suport
by: GG

Question: If I owe $1,877 in child support for like 2 years and haven't made a payment, can I still get my passport renewed?

Answer: Only applicants who owe $2500 or more in arrears are denied passports. You can contact the appropriate state child support enforcement agency to find out if your name has been added to the passport denial list.

Custodial parent owes arrears interest
by: Anonymous

Question: I've been the custodial parent of two children for two years. Previously, I had partial custody and accrued back child support plus interest. The support arrears are paid off but I owe $44,000 in interest. The court does not object to me getting my passport. Is there a way for me to obtain one?

Answer: Please contact the appropriate state child support enforcement agency to find out if your name has been removed from the list of outstanding arrears.

child support arrears
by: Joe

Question: You will not be granted a passport/renewal even with a court order. I had a judge signed payment schedule and was 100% compliant and it didn't make a bit of difference. I just paid off the arrears as per the order and when it got down enough I paid the rest off and was done with it. I read and was told it had to paid off; some say 2500, 2000; there's no consistency.

Answer: The law states that a person who owes $2500 or more in arrears is not eligible to obtain a passport. Once arrears pass that amount, they must be paid in full before a passport will be issued.

Arrears
by: Anonymous

Question: I currently owe more then 50,000 dollars in arrears. There is no way possible I will be able to pay that off in my lifetime. I'm currently making regular payments but it's not enough to cover the interest. Can I still get a passport?

Answer: If you owe $2,500 or more in child support, you are not eligible to receive a U.S. passport.

Need passport for my job
by: Anonymous

Question: My son is 27 years old and ex-wife has been married over 15 years... I am backing back child support and was denied a renewal of my passport. International business is part of my portfolio and I can't do my job... In jeopardy of losing my job because I can't get a passport... Any advice on how to get my passport reinstated?

Thanks

Answer: Child support arrears must be paid in full in order to be removed from the passport denial list.

Are we out of their system?
by: Joe

Question: Arrears have been paid, my child support is done. Is my information, name, etc removed from this system? Somewhere I feel the payors should receive written proof that we're out of their system and have PAID this off. Restoring/improving one's credit may require proof of satisfying any outstanding debt.

Answer: All questions about your child support arrears or the status of a payment should be directed to the appropriate state child support enforcement agency.

Renewing expired passport
by: Joe

Question: I couldn't renew my passport in March 2015 due to arrears. I have satisfied and paid off the arrears in Total. Will my passport be simply and easily renewed using the standard form and photo, despite the fact it's expired about 6-7 months now? The county probation person told me, "Im good to go", but I have nothing in writing. I was also told by a Judiciary court of NJ representative that a passport will be renewed within 5 years of expiration. Is that true? (obviously excluding a child). Thanks.

Answer: Once arrears are paid in full, the state agency should contact the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HHS should then contact the U.S. Department of State so that your name can be removed from the list of outstanding arrears.

Passports can be renewed by mail up to 5 years after the date of expiration if all other criteria are met. The passport cannot be significantly damaged and must be submitted with your application.

For a complete list of requirements, visit Passport Renewal Requirements.

Will I be denied
by: Anonymous

Question: I currently owe 2000 in child support, but it has been above 2500 in the past. I am getting remarried next week in the Carribean, and I am not sure if my passport is valid (after reading all these posts).

I have been paying back my support for years now, but since I lost a leg in a car accident, I was out of work for a long time, and I'm honestly doing the best I can.

Answer: A person who owes more than $2500 in child support cannot obtain a passport. Rarely are passports revoked.

If you possess a valid passport, you should be able to use it without any problem.


Passport denied
by: Anonymous

Question: Because they said I owe back child support which I don't then what I'd like to know is can I apply for my British passport because my mother is British and I'm entitled to British citizenship and would be able to come in and out of the country on that Passport?

Answer: Please contact British passport services for informating regarding the acquisition of a British passport. Note, however, that American citizens are required by law to present a valid U.S. passport when entering the United States. If you do not owe back child support, you should contact the state agency to resolve the issue.

traveling with ex
by: Joe

If your passport is not expired presuming you have one, you can go. If you don't have one, you will not be issued one until your arrears are satisfied, regardless of your agreement. I am in a simlar situation, and was told no. A court order signed by a judge seems not to matter.

Passport to go out of country with ex wife
by: Anonymous

Question: I owe back way in child support, way over the 2500 amount, and my ex wife, children and I want to take a trip to Ireland next year. I have a pmt system set up with the state I live in (Illinois). Will we all be able to take this trip out of the country? Can I get a passport?

Answer: If you owe $2,500 or more in child support, you are not eligible to receive a U.S. passport. You should make arrangements to pay the state where child support is owed BEFORE you submit your application for a U.S. passport. All questions about your child support arrears or the status of a payment should be directed to the appropriate state child support enforcement agency.

Owe Arrears only
by: ADAnonymous

Question: Hi, I have settled all child support debt and I am paying on the arrears. I have been for the last past 10 years. I only owe arrears. Can I get a passport? I'm in good standing.

Answer: If you owe $2,500 or more in arrears, you will not be issued a passport. Contact the state agency to which you owe child support to verify the amount of your arrears and whether or not they have communicated your payment arrangement to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and requested that your name be removed from the list of outstanding arrears.

trying to make a living
by: Anonymous

Question: If I work for the federal government and have a job offer to work overseas and I owe back child support can I get a passport? I'm making payments towards the back amount every month.

Answer: If you owe $2,500 or more in child support, you are not eligible to receive a U.S. passport. Some states require you pay the full amount before a passport will be issued. Contact the state agency to which you owe child support for more information.

arrears
by: Anonymous

Question: I'm supposed to go to Mexico in a month for a wedding. I owe over $6000 on arrears but have been on a payment plan for a while now and the child is now in my custody so it is all old monies owed. Will they deny my passport?

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

renewal
by: Anonymous

Question: So I was told from the child support agency if I try to renew my passport before it's expiration date, I wouldn't be denied if I owe money. I just got a note from passport agency with a denial. Is this correct? I'm in New York?

Answer: Did the denial letter specifically state that the passport was denied due to the fact that you owe child support? Individuals that owe $2500 or more in child support cannot get a passport.

Paid
by: Anonymous

Question: I am overseas and my passport was taken by the US embassy when I went to add more pages for non payment of child support. I immediately paid the entire amount due and have all receipts to prove it. My problem is I have my work permit that needs to be renewed. In order to do so, I need the passport. I was told it takes 2 to 3 weeks for them to process. Is there anyone or a phone number I can call to accelerate the process? If I don't get my permit renewed, I will loose my job.

Answer: Once you make payment, the State Child Support Enforcement Agency reports to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources that acceptable payment has been made. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources removes your name from a list of outstanding arrears and provides the U.S. Department of State with the updated list. Once Passport Services receives the list, they verify that your name has been removed.

We recommend that you contact the U.S. embassy to see if they have received an updated list and whether or not your name has been removed. If not, you might contact the State Child Support Enforcement Agency to make sure they have contacted HHS. If that has been done, then you might contact HHS to verify that your name has been removed from the list of outstanding arrears and ask how long it will be until the updated list is sent to the Department of State.

Passport renewal should be granted
by: Joe

Question: I have been paying CSA for ten years; my children are all emancipated. I live and work in NJ, as do my children and x wife. A descrepancy in the official emancipation of my children, and hence reduction in CS is what led to my arrears. Rather than pay another small fortune by filing a motion, I drafted a Consent Order which included a payment schedule (All signed by the judge). I have been in total compliance since it went into effect. I see no reason to block and essentially hold me hostage; and indeed both my x wife and myself communicated to the administrative office of the court, we did not want anything adverse done provided I was in compliance. I have been for more than one year and now its time to renew my passport. I would like to think someone can use some common sense here and grant my renewal. After ten years, if I was going to jump ship, I would have done it already. No one with a mortgage, car loans, small business loans are forbidden from getting or renewing a passport. In my opinion neither should I. Requiring an amount be below 1000-2500 in the presence of a signed court order and payment schedule is wrong. The minimum arrears weekly payment is 45 dollars; I have been paying 3 times that every week. I am interested in your reponse.

Answer: In order to issue you a passport, the U.S. Department of State Passport Services must receive the list of outstanding arrears from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and verify that HHS has removed your name from the list. In order for HHS to remove your name from the list, they have to receive a letter from the state agency to which you owe child support showing that acceptable payment arrangements have been made. Therefore, the process begins with the state agency to whom you owe child support. You need to contact that agency and ask if they can send the report to HHS.

Child now living with parent
by: Anonymous

Question: If you owe back child support but the mother of your child is deceased and your child now lives in your home, can you get a passport?

Answer: Contact the state agency to which you owe child support. A passport can only be issued once the state agency reports to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that the debt has been resolved.

Children live outside the U.S.
by: Anonymous

Question: My children live in Canada. Are there any exceptions to obtaining a passport in such a case? Yes, it is possible to drive across the border without a passport but there may be times when it is best to fly.

Answer: When traveling by air from Canada, U.S. citizens are required by U.S. law to present a U.S. passport book.

How do you know if you're on the list?
by: Anonymous

Question: Is there a way to see the list before applying for a passport? I currently have about 1500 in back child support that I'm paying down. I know it says if you owe more than 2500 then you're on the list. I did owe more than that at one time and have been consistently paying down the arrears for a few years now. Is there a way to know if it will be denied before applying?

Answer: Contact the state agency to which you owe child support.

Florida Child Support System is Broken
by: Anonymous

Question: I submitted an application for a passport. A week later I received a letter stating that I could not get a passport because I owed back child support. The Child Support system in Florida is broken. The Clerk of the Courts for the county the order came from says that I actually overpaid my child support by over $400. I do not owe child support. I have talked with the person in Tallahassee who handles the "HHS List" of back child support and he said that my name has been removed. How long will it take to get my passport now?

Answer: The state HHS must make a request to the Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) to have your name removed from the Passport Denial Program. Once this has been verified, OCSE will contact the U.S. Department of State with the updated list.

The Passport Agency holds the application for ninety days from the date of the denial letter. If the Passport Agency receives verification that your name is no longer in the Passport Denial Program before ninety days have elapsed, a new fee will not be necessary. Otherwise, a new application and fee will be required.

Father getting passport even owing in arrears
by: Anonymous

Question: My child's father was issued a new passport and he owes over 8000 in arrears. How is this possible? He is going to China next month. Will he still be able to leave the country or enter back in with this not being paid?

Answer: Contact the Office of Child Support Enforcement to verify if your child's father is listed in the Passport Denial Program.

Department of State Overide rules
by: Anonymous

Question: Will the Department of State override the child support rule if you have employment or employment opportunity in another Country? Would the US Department of State deny a US Citizen an opportunity to continue paying his/her share of US Income Tax??

Answer: The Department of State usually only provides passports for those who are in arrears of child support in cases of emergency medical care or a life or death emergency pertaining to a family member. Proof must be provided of the emergency in order for a passport to be granted.

passport and child support
by: Anonymous

Question: If I owe 10,000 in child support but have been making my payments every week for the past five years and continuing to pay can I get a passport? My daughter is getting married out of the country. SAFARI

Answer: No. Arrears must be paid in full and name cleared before a passport will be issued.

Passport and Child Support Payments
by: Anonymous

Question: If you are paying arrears thru court order and you have no current will you still be denied if you owe more than 9000 on arrears.

Answer: The back child support must be paid in full before your name will be released to get a passport. However, check with your local child support agency to see if there is anything else you can do.

JET
by: Anonymous

Question: I own about 7000 on child support,becouse I am on desability I am paying 150 every month and the balance increases every month because of the interest. I never can pay the balance. Is there any option to have my passaport back?

Answer: If you owe $2,500 or more in child support, you are not eligible to receive a U.S. passport. You must pay the child support you owe BEFORE you submit your application for a U.S. passport.

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