Some of the most common reasons for having a passport denied include the failure to provide required information, providing illegible copies of required documents, failure to pay the required fee and being a convicted felon, according to USA Today. Owing back child support is another possible reason for passport denial. People without a passport are prohibited from traveling outside the country.
An applicant must provide the U.S. State Department with proper identification in order to receive a passport. The document must prove the applicant's citizenship. Acceptable documentation includes an older U.S. passport, a certified birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship, a certificate of birth abroad or a naturalization certificate. Applicants also need to present a driver's license or other government-issued identification in some cases.
To obtain a passport, an applicant must fill out the appropriate form and return it to the passport office. The information on the form must be correct for the application to avoid having the passport office deny the request. Leaving off any information, such as the applicant's Social Security number, is another reason for the denial of a passport.
The passport office also has certain requirements for copies of required documents. Applicants must use standard-sized paper to make the copies. The copy must have text on only one side of the paper, rather than both the front and back.