1. The threshold amount for certification
described in Oklahoma Administrative Code (OAC) 340:25-5-214(a) is set by
federal law or regulation, currently $2,500.
The district child support office has the discretion to require more
than the amounts stated in OAC 340:25-5-214(d) before releasing a passport to a
noncustodial parent (NCP).
2. (a) Child support staff forward all requests for
release of passports to Oklahoma Department of Human Services, Child
Support Services (CSS) Center for
Coordinated Programs. The Center for
Coordinated Programs denies requests that do not meet the criteria in OAC
(b) A request for
release of passport must contain:
(1) a copy of the passport denial letter received by the NCP, and the
NCP's current address and phone number and date and place of birth. If the passport denial letter is not
available, district office staff contact the Center for Coordinated Programs
for assistance; and
(2) in a life or death situation, verification of the death or medical
emergency of an immediate family member.
(A) Child support staff forward an explanation of the situation, with
any corresponding documentation, to the federal Office of Child Support
Enforcement (OCSE) with the completed Emergency Notice of Withdrawal of
Passport Denial form.
(B) An immediate family member includes parent or guardian of the NCP,
child (natural or adopted), grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, stepchild, stepparent,
stepbrother, stepsister, and spouse.
(c) If a balance of
child support arrears remains due when the district office requests release of
the case from the passport process, CSS staff updates the employer and
obligation screens on the automated Oklahoma Support Information System (OSIS).
(d) Within five days of receipt of all necessary information, the Center
for Coordinated Programs prepares and sends the documentation to OCSE to be
forwarded to the United States Secretary of State and updates Case Log Add
(CSLOGA) on OSIS.
3. District offices must coordinate with each other to
ensure a passport is not withdrawn from the passport referral process in one
district office when a NCP has a
passport denial, revocation, restriction, or limitation in another district
4. One instance when a district office may
request a CSS director’s exception is when the NCP currently has no resources and has potential verified
employment outside the United States.
5. When the district office requests the release
of passport denial, revocation, restriction, or limitation outside of the
grounds listed in OAC 340:25-5-214(d):
(1) the district
office e-mails a request for release from the passport referral process to the
CSS director and the Center for Coordinated Programs, stating the reasons the
NCP is not be required to comply with the release process in OAC
(2) the district
office documents the reason for the request to the CSS director on the
automated Oklahoma Support Information System Case Log Add (CSLOGA) screen;
(3) upon receipt
of a request for release from the passport referral process, the CSS director
notifies the district office and the Center for Coordinated Programs of the
decision as soon as possible; and
(4) the district
office provides the information described in OAC 340:25-5-214 Instructions To
Staff # 2 to the Center for Coordinated Programs.