Owe Child Support. My passport is valid and I wanted to know if I will be able to travel with this amount of child support that I owe?

Question & AnswerQuestion:  I owe child support over $4000 and want to make sure that this does not interfere with my traveling. My current passport is valid. I want to know if I will be able to travel with this amount of child support that I owe?

Answer:  Being that your passport is valid and is not a case of revocation, you should be fine to travel. According to federal law, “The physical revocation of a passport is often difficult, and an apparently valid passport can be use for travel until officially taken by an arresting officer or by a court.” This puts you in the clear since you already have a valid passport.

Also, the federal law states that, “Passport revocation may be effected when the person obtained the passport fraudulently, when the passport was issued in error, when the person’s certificate of naturalization was canceled by a federal court, or when the person would not be entitled to a new passport under 22 CFR 51.70 (a) or (b).” If you are clear of any of those conditions, you should be fine to travel.

However, being that your current passport is valid to travel, be very cautious with your current passport. If you were to lose your passport, you will find yourself in a world of trouble trying to get another. You will need to apply in the U.S. The money that you owe child support can seriously affect the outcome of getting a new passport. So just a word of advice, keep your passport book safe at all times.

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