The Passport Denial Program is a program that is designed to help states enforce delinquent child support obligations. It is a part of the Federal Offset Program.
This program was set up to prevent parents who owe child support from being able to get a passport and leave the country. Under the program, noncustodial parents certified by a state as having arrearages exceeding $2,500 are submitted by the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) to the Department of State (DoS). The DoS denies passport to such a person.
Noncustodial parents are not automatically removed from the Passport Denial Program even if their arrears fall below the $2,500 limit.