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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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by: Anonymous

Question: My passport was rejected but i never got back my birth certificate.

Answer: You may contact the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778 regarding the issue.

Passport denial due to child support
by: Anonymous

Question: I applied for a passport, but did not know about the arrears law on child support. How long does it usually take for you to receive a denial letter from the date of me applying? will I have time to get it straight so I can reapply?

Answer: You will be notified by passport services as soon as it is received and your name is flagged. Once the arrears are paid in full, it will take 2 to 3 weeks for your name to be removed from the denial list. Passport services can hold your application until then.

Declined passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi, can anyone please give me some advice on what to do? My friend was born in Australia, she lived in the UK for 10 years she has no ID. She been denied a passport because she has no birth certificate. She has a job to start and can't start because she does not have a passport. She can't get a birth certificate because it's in Australia. She tried online but was again asked for an ID. Please please help. Thank you.

Answer: One of the requirements to obtain a U.S. passport is proof of U.S. citizenship. If your friend was born to U.S. citizens in Australia, she should have a Consular Report of Birth Abroad. This should be her evidence of U.S. citizenship.

She needs to contact the U.S. Embassy in Canberra or the U.S. Consulate in Melbourne, Perth or Sydney for assistance in securing this document.

by: Anonymous

Question: I was denied a passport, can I still travel? Will my name be on a do not travel list?

Answer: You will be able to travel domestically and to destinations that do not require that you present a passport.

Passports & child support
by: Anonymous

Question: If I now have full custody of my child & my case was closed to any future payments but I owe arrears, will my passport be denied?

Answer: Please contact the Child Support Enforcement Agency that handled your case for assistance.

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.

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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