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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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Misdemeanor Theft
by: Anonymous

Question: I have an open bench warrant out of FL for a misdemeanor theft. I am trying to apply for a passport, will this prevent me?

Answer: It should not. Please call passport services at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Misdemeanor
by: Anonymous

Question: Twenty-five years ago I was arrested for misdemeanor charge and placed on probation. My lawyer told me my probation was complete but found out probation was never closed properly and now there is non-extraditable warrant for me out of Florida. Will this prevent me from getting the passport I already applied for? Thank you for any help.

Answer: The answer depends on the manner of misdemeanor. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for advice in the matter.

Speeding Ticket
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a speeding ticket that turned into a warrant. Can iI still apply for a passport of should i pay for ticket first?

Answer: The speeding ticket/warrant should not prevent you from applying for a new passport.

2 speeding tickets
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a speeding ticket from a year ago. Failed to appear. Now a recent speeding ticket. They ended up suspending my drivers license. Will this cause me issues to Apply for passport for the first time?

Answer: The speeding tickets will not hinder you from applying for a passport. However, since your driver's license is suspended, you cannot use it as proof of identity. You will then need to submit a combination of secondary IDs/a> with the rest of the application requirements.

22-year-old felony warrant
by: Anonymous

Question: I found out recently that I had a felony warrant in the state of California for aggravated assault. I no longer live there and California refuses to extradite or drop the warrant can I still get a passport?

Answer: You might still be able to get a passport. Please contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a warrant from 4 years ago in Virginia which isn’t extraditable. Am I able to obtain a passport?

Answer: Some offenses do not prevent one from applying for a U.S. passport. Please contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 to find out if you qualify for a passport.

Can I get a passport if I have a warrant?
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a warrant for my arrest for a fight I got into about 3 years ago and I was charged with assault, with a $300 bond. I was planning on taking a trip to the Dominican Republic but I was wondering if they will give me a passport if I have a warrant?

Answer: You should be able to apply for a passport.

10y/o Felony warrant for DUI
by: Damon

Question: I have a felony warrant from 10 years ago for a DUI. I have been sober for many years now, and am Trying to get a Passport to go to Costa Rica on my honeymoon, but cannot go to Michigan from South Carolina to resolve the issue quickly enough. Will this keep me from getting a passport?

Answer: It should not. Please contact customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Burglary
by: Anonymous

Question: My fiance has an outstanding warrant from 3 years ago. According to the state of IA, for a burglary a warrant is only valid for 3 years. If it still states that he has a warrant, will that prevent him from getting a passport?

Answer: No, it will not.

Bench warrant for a ticket
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a bench warrant that’s a couple of years old for not paying a ticket. Will I still be able to get a passport?

Answer: Yes, you will be able to apply for a passport.

Open warrant
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a felony warrant for shoplifting in Ohio. I live in Vegas. It is non- extraditable and almost 10 years old. Am I able to get a passport?

Answer: Please contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 for advice.

Small Claims Capias and Questioning by police 51A
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a general question in regards to passports. I had "Capias" issued for not appearing / paying for small claims for capital one back in 2008. I moved out of state and never received mailings for the hearing so therefore didn't know about it, so it was issued against me . Will this prevent me from getting a passport?

Also 13 years ago, I worked for a school for sexual abusers in MA. The policy was for 3 students to 1 staff ratio no matter what. I moved into a driver position for medical appointments dentist etc, I was put into a position of being 1:1 ratio with a student. That student made an accusation against me (which obviously is not true ) but 51a was filed with DSS, and 51b investigation was held, the 51a was "supported". I was then let go of my position. About 9 months later Police came to my door (I was not home) and then I called the police to see what was going on the next day, they wanted to question me for what I was assuming was the same incident from spring (9 months earlier). I contacted my lawyer and he said that he would take care of it and not to talk with the police. I received a letter approximately 2 months after being contacted by police stating that the 51a was supported and then the perp (me) was not co-operative with police and the information the student was saying, but there was no charges being filed etc.... Ever since then I've been wondering whatever really happened with that situation with the questioning etc. and was wondering if that would be a problem with passport even though there were no charges, etc?

Answer: There are certain offenses that prevent a person from obtaining a U.S. passport. Please contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

4-year-old felony bench warrant
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a 4-year-old bench warrant in Washington State for a felony of intent to sell and possession. I no longer live that lifestyle. However I cannot go back to Washington State at the moment to rectify the situation. I would like to obtain a passport for a cruise and perhaps visit another country.

Answer: While it can be a challenge to obtain a passport with a drug-related offense on record, it is not impossible. We recommend that you contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

On another note, you can actually go on a cruise without a passport. U.S. citizens may travel with their birth certificates and IDs on a closed-loop cruise. A closed-loop cruise is one that begins and ends in the same U.S. city. Still, you will have to contact the cruise line to confirm travel document requirements.

Traffic warrant in one state/ valid license in another
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a traffic warrant for the state of NJ, but my driver's license is PA and my driving status is valid. Will I still be able to get a passport and will I have issues getting back into the country?

Answer: Your warrant should not prevent you from obtaining a passport and leaving/re-entering the United States. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Traffic tickets
by: Anonymous

Question: If I have an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for traffic violations, will this affect me applying for a passport?

Answer: No, it should not. Please contact customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Passport with warrant
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a 4 year old warrant terminating diversion on an aggravated assault from 2009. I live in Florida for 6 years and was unaware until now. I have a trip in August and need a passport. Will I have a problem?

Answer: Please call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 regarding your concern.

Misdemeanor warrant
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a warrant for an assault misdemeanor I just found out about in CA. Will this prevent me from getting a passport?

Answer: It should not. Please contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a warrant for failure to appear for a DUI. Will I be denied a passport?

Answer: No, you will not. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Getting a passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I recently received a letter from the Superior court of Los Angeles saying I failed to pay 20 court fees for a ticket and I owe $800. It has been sent to collections. Will this matter hold up or affect my getting a passport for the first time? Thank you.

Answer: Please call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778.

Non-extraditable
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a non-extraditable warrant in North Carolina for an assault and for breaking a restraining order. Will I be able to obtain a passport?

Answer: Please call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778.

Misdemeanor Bench warrant
by: Anonymous

Question: I have an old bench warrant that's still outstanding for an misdemeanor. Can I obtain a passport to go out of country and if so, will it prohibit me from re-entering the United States upon return?

Answer: It should not prevent you from obtaining a U.S. passport and returning to the United States. Please contact the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778 to confirm.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I might have had a failure to appear/ pay fine from 2007 for a traffic violation. Will this prevent me from gettinf a passport?

Answer: It should not. Please call the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778 to confirm.

Appearance Ticket Warrant
by: Anonymous

Question: I was involved in a hit and run in NYC. Someone hit me and took off, and i hurt my neck. When they checked my license it was suspended due to insurance lapse that i didn't know about. They gave me an appearance ticket and i never went back, its been 5 years. There is a warrant. Will I be able to get a passport?

Answer: Yes, you will be able to get a new passport.

6 years ago
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a warrants from 2 tickets that I received in 2012. My boyfriend is a Jamaican and wants me to come back with him to Jamaica for spring break.Can I still get a passport even though I have the warrants.

The tickets are for obstruction of a peace officer and resisting arrest.

Answer: Obtaining a passport when you have a record may be a challenge but it is not impossible. There are offenses that prevent one from obtaining a passport like international drug trafficking and owing more than $2500 in child support.

Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Question
by: Anonymous

Question: I currently have a passport and am planning on going to Cabo San Lucas. I have a bench warrant for a probation violation that’s two years old. Will I have any problems coming and going?

Answer: As long as there is no standing order preventing you from leaving the country, you should be able to travel. However, we recommend that you contact the Mexican Embassy to verify if your standing warrant will not prevent you from entering their country.

7 years ago
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a bench warrant for shoplifting 7 years ago in Maryland. I live in Florida. Will I be arrested trying to come back to the US?

Answer: Please contact the court who issued the bench warrant to see if it is still active. There is usually a statute of limitations for cases like this.

Class C intoxication
by: Anonymous

Question: I was stopped by the police and put in jail for one day for public intoxication. My flight out of the country, on a US passport, is before the trial. I understand I will have a warrant for my arrest if I do not appear. Is there a way to clear this up before I go? Will I already be stopped from leaving the country if I try to get back to my country of residence?

Answer: Please speak to a lawyer regarding the issue.

Old Warrant for bogus check
by: Anonymous

Question: I have discovered that I have a warrant for bogus checks from 1985. This forum told me that I can get a passport. next question is will I have have trouble clearing customs?

Answer: Unless there is a standing order preventing you from leaving the country, you should be able to 'clear customs' without a problem.

Old Warrant for bogus check
by: Anonymous

Question: I just found out that I have a warrant for bogus check from back in 1985. Can I get a passport?

Answer: Yes, you can obtain a U.S. passport

Felony charges pending and warrant
by: Anonymous

Question: Hello I was arrested a year ago for false imprisonment and other charges. They released me after a month and then I found out the charges are still pending and there is a warrant. Will pending felony charges or this warrant prevent me from getting a passport? The charges are state not federal.

Answer: There are offenses that prevent a U.S. citizen from obtaining a U.S. passport. These include international drug trafficking and owing more than $2500 in child support. You should be able to apply for a passport.


Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak to a customer service representative.

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.

Question
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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