You must be a US citizen in order to obtain a US passport. However, persons who’ve had serious run-ins with the law or who fall behind on certain types of mandated payments, can be prevented from obtaining one. So if you love traveling the world, avoid the following deplorabilities at all costs! For more reason than one.
MISSED CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS
Parents who owe $2,500 or more in missed child support payments will not be allowed to obtain a US passport. If you plan to apply for a US passport and have only recently made good on missed child support payments, it’s important to make sure computer databases are brought up to date. This way your passport application can be successfully processed.
Anyone with an outstanding warrant will not be eligible for a US passport. That includes local warrants, state warrants, federal warrants, and even warrants issued by a foreign country. If you plan to apply for a US passport, make absolutely certain you are free from outstanding warrants.
Court-ordered probation, psychiatric hospitalization, and drug rehab programs can all prevent someone from obtaining a US passport. Only once the terms of a court order have been completed, will persons under them be eligible to receive a US passport.
Felons currently incarcerated, on house arrest, or on work release, will be prevented from obtaining a US passport. That being said, once a felon has served his or her time and turned their life around, they should be able to obtain a US passport. It all depends on the conviction, and they may need special permission. But those with international drug trafficking convictions may never be able to obtain a US passport ever again.
The US government will generously assist with paying for an education or starting a small business. But if you’re late paying them back, or worse, stop making payments altogether, you won’t be allowed to acquire a US passport.
Consulting with a travel expert can be very helpful if you’re uncertain about your eligibility for a US passport.