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Can you get a passport if I have a open bench warrant?

Question: I went to court for a DUI, got it all taken care of then about a year later, I got another DUI. I moved away due to army relocation.

Several months later, I was contacted by the courts saying that I had to appear in court because I was on unsupervised probation. I had no knowledge of this and explained that I could not make it to court in Washington state because I was currently living in Georgia and getting ready to deploy to Iraq. I was then informed that a warrant would be issued for me.

I am going to be coming back from Iraq in a couple of months and want to go on a cruise to the Bahamas with my girlfriend. I would like to know if I can get a passport with an open warrant, and if I will have any issues going through customs both leaving and returning?

Thank you for your time and any guidance you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

Answer: According to Title 22: Foreign Relations, PART 51—PASSPORTS, Subpart E — Denial, Revocation, and Restriction of Passports,
§ 51.60 Denial and restriction of passports:
(b) The Department may refuse to issue a passport in any case in which the Department determines or is informed by competent authority that:

(1) The applicant is the subject of an outstanding Federal warrant of arrest for a felony, including a warrant issued under the Federal Fugitive Felon Act (18 U.S.C. 1073); or

(2) The applicant is subject to a criminal court order, condition of probation, or condition of parole, any of which forbids departure from the United States and the violation of which could result in the issuance of a Federal warrant of arrest, including a warrant issued under the Federal Fugitive Felon Act; or

(9) The applicant is the subject of an outstanding state or local warrant of arrest for a felony;

From the above, passports are only denied in the case of felony offenses or court orders that were issued prohibiting the person from exiting the country.

Having said that, you probably do not need a passport. Passports are not required on closed-loop cruises. A closed-loop cruise is one that begins and ends in the same U.S. location.

We cannot confirm whether you will or will not have problems at customs.

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Can I get my passport
by: Maria diaz

Question: I have warrants for traffic tickets. Will that stop me from getting my passport?

Answer: No, it will not.

by: Anonymous

Question: I have a bench warrant for a felony in another state. I was never arrested on the charge and was given a ticket. But will that stop me from getting a passport. The warrant is not valid in my state.

Answer: A bench warrant will not prevent you from obtaining a U.S. passport

Failure to appear bench warrant
by: Anonymous

Question: I just found out I have a bench warrant from 2012 for failure to appear and a misdemeanor for child support. I paid off the support off years ago but never knew about the warrant. Will I be denied my passport?

Answer: A bench warrant or a misdemeanor is not cause for passport denial. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Bench warrant
by: Anonymous

Question: If I have a bench warrant and don't have no license is it possible for me to get one in the state I stay at? The warrant is not in the state I stay in?

Answer: Please contact the local DMV office for questions about driver's licenses.

Arrest warrant issued in a state I don't reside in and I recently found out last year
by: Me

Question: I am trying to obtain my passport but recently found out I have an arrest warrant for a felony I knew nothing about in California. I have been trying to rectify the situation for over a year now but I'm getting the run around. I do not reside in California and I'm not running from the situation. I'm planning to be married out the country but need to know will this warrant stop me from obtaining my passport?

Answer: It depends on what offense the warrant is issued for. Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak to a customer service representative.

Warrant for possession of a dangerous drug in California
by: Dish

Question: I was arrested in Bakersfield California for having two ounces of marijuana and I bonded out of jail on the charge of possession with the intent to distribute marijuana. I then ended up moving back to Texas where I'm on probation until October 29 for burglary. My P.O. ended up telling me that I have a warrant in California for possession of a dangerous drug! I only had weed. But my question is, if my P.O. approves of me receiving a passport, can I get denied because of the warrant in California? And there will be no expedition, California isn't coming to get me from Texas. Any advice? Thanks.

Answer: You may find it difficult to obtain a passport because of the charges and the open warrant for your arrest. We recommend consulting a lawyer regarding your legal issues before attempting to obtain a passport.

Missing Court and Now Have A Warrant
by: Anonymous

Question: I didn't go to my last court date due to the last time I went, the judge told me that I had to have my license. But in order to get my license, I had to pay off tickets. So now I have a warrant but I'm paying the tickets off. Will I be denied a passport for this?

Answer: An open bench warrant is often not a reason to deny a citizen a passport. However, there are certain offenses that automatically disqualify one from applying for a passport. We recommend that you contact customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Misdemeanor Warrant
by: Anonymous

Question: I am currently waiting on a court date for a battery charge in another state that i do not reside in. In the state where it was issued, it is considered a class C misdemeanor and currently in warrant status due to non-completion of probation in a timely manner. Is that subject to being denied a passport application?

Answer: Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak to customer service regarding the matter.

Speeding ticket Warrant
by: Cristian

Question: I just found out that I have a warrant for my arrest for a speeding ticket. Would I still be able to get a passport to go to Mexico in august.

Answer: An open bench warrant for a speeding ticket is not ground for passport denial. You should be able to apply for a passport for your trip to Mexico without issues.

Arrest warrants
by: Steve

I was in the same situation having a warrant issued prior to a deployment. I did get a passport with the warrant but months later when I returned to the States for R&R via commercial aircraft, I was arrested by customs and spent Christmas & New Year's in the county jail.

Types of debt when denied passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I got a notice that my passport was denied because of a non-felony nor child support debt. Its a medical bill of 3000.00 That I've been trying to pay and am paying under a private contract. Under the code for denying a passport...doesn't the issue have to be part of a felony charge and not a private debt owed?

Answer: Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak with a customer service representative about this issue.

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