The United States is very strict about child support enforcement. If a
paying parent falls significantly past-due on their child support payments,
he or she will face a number of consequences. For example, their wages
can be garnished, their bank account can be garnished, they’re tax
refund can be intercepted, their driver’s license can be suspended,
and they can even be denied a passport!
According to the
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, “If you owe $2,500 or more in child support, you are not eligible
to receive a U.S. passport.” So, if you’re planning on travelling
abroad for a honeymoon, for work, or to visit family, and you owe more
than $2,500 in child support, you
will not be able to get a U.S. passport.
What if I Applied for a Passport?
If you already applied for a U.S. passport and you can afford to catch
up on your child support arrears, the first thing you need to do is contact
child support enforcement agency and pay the child support arrears. Once you do that, the child support
agency will notify the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
From there, the HHS will remove your name from its list and it will notify
the U.S. Department of State. Then, the U.S. Department of State will
verify with the HHS that your name was removed. Once all the above has
been done, your passport application will be completed as normal. If you
are not sure how much child support you owe, you are urged to contact
the applicable child support agency handling your case.
Is past-due child support getting in the way of you obtaining a much-needed
U.S. passport? If so, don’t hesitate to
contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC to schedule a consultation with a Plano
immigration attorney who can help!