Other Enforcement Methods

Credit Bureau Reporting: The child support agency reports overdue child support to credit bureaus monthly. Once the past due support has been reported to the credit bureaus, banks or other creditors that review the obligor's credit bureau report may limit or deny credit until the obligor cleans up the credit report by making partial or full payment.

Driver's License Suspension: Driver's license suspension (DLS) is an enforcement procedure where the child support agency directs the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to suspend the obligor's driver's license because the obligor owes past due support.

Financial Institution Data Match: Financial institution data match (FIDM) is an enforcement tool that allows the child support agency to match obligors who owe child support arrears with financial assets they own. The account assets may be seized by a levy and applied to the obligor’s child support arrears.


Income Withholding (IW): Income withholding is the deduction of the current basic support, child care support, medical support, or spousal support obligation and arrears from an obligor's wages or other sources of income.

Passport Denial: Passport denial is an enforcement procedure where an obligor is denied the ability to renew a passport or get a new passport due to the amount of past due support owed by the obligor.


Student Grant Hold: Student grant hold is an enforcement procedure where the child support agency directs the Minnesota Higher Servicing Office (MEHSO) to deny student grant funds to the obligor because the obligor owes past due support.