If you have child support arrears of $2,500 or more, your passport application can be denied. The New Jersey Child Support Program refers these cases to the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE), which is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services. That agency in turn works with the US State Department to deny passport applications or renewals for anyone who reaches the $2,500 mark. New Jersey has a zero arrears policy, which means that the child support arrears must be paid in full before the passport restriction will be removed.
Reinstate passport that was denied to child support arrears in NJ
If your passport has been denied due to child support arrears in New Jersey, we can help you contest the decision through the NJ Office of Child Support Services. There are a number of arguments that can be made including that the child support arrears never exceeded $2,500 or that the travel is required for employment, a serious medical emergency, or the imminent death of an immediate family member. There are other arguments that can be made as well.