Child Support Payments and Getting a U.S. Passport
If you owe $2,500 or more in child support, you are not eligible to receive a U.S. passport. You should make arrangements to pay the state where child support is owed BEFORE you submit your application for a U.S. passport. All questions about your child support arrears or the status of a payment should be directed to the appropriate state child support enforcement agency.
Once payment is arranged, it may take 2-3 weeks before Passport Services is permitted to process your application. For details of this process, please refer to the chart below:
- Passport Services has no information concerning individuals' child support obligations and has no authority to take action until HHS removes your name from its list.
- All of the above information is detailed in Section 51.60 (a) (2) of Title 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations
Make an Appointment
Call the National Passport Information Center 24 hours a day to make an appointment at a passport agency.
- 1-877-487-2778; TDD/TTY: 1-888-874-7793