The new passport requirements that complicated travel this past summer have also uncovered vast numbers of parents who owe back child support. Through its Passport Denial Program, the State Department denies passports to noncustodial parents who owe more than $2,500 in back child support. Once the owing parent has satisfied their child support arrearage, they may reapply for a passport.
Considering that millions of additional travelers are now required to have passports to fly back from Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, and South America, collections under the Passport Denial Program are on pace to almost double this year. States have reported collecting at least $22.5 million through the program thus far in 2007. Perhaps this is one program that the government has finally gotten right.
Source: "New Passport Rules Help Recover Back Child Support" by Dan Nunley, published at hisOklahoma Family Law Blog.