Delinquency in Child Support Payments and Getting a U.S. Passport
Section 51.70 (a) (8) of Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations states, in part, that if you are certified to Passport Services by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to be in arrears of child support payments in excess of $5,000, you are ineligible to receive a U.S. passport. If this applies to you, the consular section strongly recommends that you contact the appropriate State child support enforcement agency to make payment arrangements before applying for a passport. This is because:
- The State agency must certify to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) that acceptable payment arrangements have been made.
- Then, HHS must notify Passport Services by the removal of your name from the electronic list HHS gives to Passport Services. (Passport Services cannot issue a passport until your name has been deleted by HHS.)
Please note that it can take several weeks from the time you make payment arrangements with the State agency until your name is removed from HHS’ electronic list. The Consulate has no information concerning an individual’s child support obligations and has no authority to take action until HHS removes your name from its list.
Please direct any questions to the appropriate State child support enforcement agency. You may go to the Department of Health and Human Services – State Child Support Enforcement Web Site for a listing of HHS state and local agencies.