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If I am turned down for a passport due to back child support, do I get my money back?

by Leslie
(Houston, TX)

Question: If someone owes back child support and applied for a passport and was turned down, do they get the money back?


Answer: The U.S. Department of State does not refund passport application and execution fees for applicants whose application for a passport was denied. The only fee that may be refunded is the expedite passport fee and that is on a case-by-case basis.

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Child support has been paid
by: Anonymous

Question: What if child support has been paid? Child support has been taken out of my account as it should and now that I want to renew, I get denied? Who do I talk to and what proof do I need?

Answer: Once the child support arrears have been paid in full, the state's child support enforcement agency notifies HHS who then removes your name from their list and reports such removal to Passport Services. The entire process takes approximately 3 weeks.

Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778.

Thank you
by: Jacques Louis Jacques

Thank you for the reply. God bless

Renewal of passport after denial due to child support
by: Jacques Louis Jacques

Question: My passport was denied because of child support but I have now complied with the child support agency. What do I need to get my passport renewed? Will the fee I already paid be applied toward my new passport An answer will be greatly appreciated. God bless.

Answer: Once you pay your child support arrears with the appropriate state child support enforcement agency, the state agency reports to HHS that you've made acceptable payment arrangements.

HHS removes your name from their list and reports this to the U.S. Department of State's Passport Services. This may take 2-3 weeks. Passport Services verifies that HHS removed your name. They then process your application normally. If more than 90 days have passed, you may have to apply again and pay all fees. Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak with a customer service representative.

Refund
by: Anonymous

Question: Is there anyway I can please get a refund? I am really struggling and need the money. I only receive disability.

Answer: Application fees are non-refundable.

back child support
by: Anonymous

Question: Is there any way to get a passport when you have back child support for special family travel?

Answer: Please contact the child support enforcement agency (CSEA) for the state in which you owe child support. Some states allow the release of the passport of an obligor that has been denied by DoS if the reason for travel is a family emergency (i.e. sickness, life or death circumstances) with supporting documentation that is accepted by the CSEA. For leisure travel, the obligor usually must pay the arrears in full.

Denied passport renewal overseas
by: Anonymous

Question: I was denied passport renewal overseas & need to come back to United States. Can I get emergency travel documents for direct entry to United States?

Answer: Please contact the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate general for information about emergency travel documents.

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