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.
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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