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Can you obtain a passoport if you have an old felony conviction?

by Judy
(LaMarque TX, U.S.)

Question: My husband has a felony conviction from about 20 years ago that was resolved about 10 or 11 years ago. We are planning to go to Playa del Carmen, Mexico for my son's wedding. Will he be able to obtain a passport?

Answer: I assume that by "resolved" you mean that the felony was expunged from your husband's record.

There should be no problem with getting a passport although we cannot guarantee this. You will find complete instructions and a link to download the application form by clicking the link below.

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Some countries such as Canada do not allow foreigners who have a criminal record (even a misdemeanor) to enter without special permission. I found nothing that indicates that Mexico has such a requirement.

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Old felony, has US passport, will we have trouble getting into Mexico?
by: Anonymous

Question: My fiancee has an old felony conviction for assault. No jail time served, no parole needed, probation has been complete for many years, the case has not been expunged from his record. He has applied and received his US passport and we are traveling to Cancun Mexico and getting married. Will he have any problems getting into Mexico or back into the US?

Answer: Please contact the Consular Section of the Embassy of Mexico for entry requirements in relation to special circumstances.

felony charge
by: Anonymous

Question I have a felony charge. It is tresspassing. I'm just wondering if I can get a passport or not with having a felony.

Answer A felony trespass charge should not affect your ability to obtain a passport.

drug conviction/child support
by: Anonymous

Questions: Can a felony drug conviction 15 years ago stop someone from obtaining a passport? My destanation would be Afghanistan and Singapore for work. Also, are there exceptions to obtaining a passport if you owe child support arrears?

Answers: In most cases, a person convicted of a felony can obtain a passport. Note, some countries do not allow convicted felons to enter or require special permission first. Contact the embassy of Afghanistan and Singapore for more information.

You will not be issued a passport if you owe $2500 or more in child support.

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