Passports to be cancelled if you don’t pay child maintenance

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

24 Mar 2021

The UK will now allow for the Department of Work and Pensions to cancel passports held by persons who have not paid child maintenance.

Under the Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) 2018 through court order, the DWP can cancel a person’s passport and prevent that person from getting a new passport if they fail to pay child maintenance.


The move has caused an uproar on social media with people welcoming the move as a tougher stance on errant parents (mostly fathers it must be mentioned) whilst others see it as a slippery slope to the erosion of civil freedom.

If you want to read the more about the decisions visit the official government site to access the document.