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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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Need a passport for vacationing in Canada
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a felony from 1993 for manslaughter. I did no jail time but was put on probation. Can I obtain a passport to enter Canada?

Answer: You may be able to obtain a passport. However, Canada may consider you inadmissible because of your felony conviction. Please contact the Canada Border Service Agency regarding this.

Felony
by: Anonymous

Question: My boyfriend has a felony for eluding the police from 26 years ago. Can he go on a cruise?

Answer: Your boyfriend may go on a cruise if he has the proper travel documents like a passport or passport card. Please contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Sealed felony
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a sealed felony conviction for a Missouri class D. First offense, fraudulent attempt to obtain controlled substance. Will I be disqualified for a passport?

Answer: There are certain offenses that disqualify a person from obtaining a passport. Please contact passport services at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

False pretense felony
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a false pretense charge from 2005. I have applied for a passport and I am worried about the felony charge. I did probation and a fine and nothing in the court records say anything about not being able to get one. Do you think i will have a problem?

Answer: If there is an issue with your application, you will be notified by mail. At this point, there should be no cause for concern.

Bad check
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a felony for a bad check on my record from 2003. I was sentenced to 3 years probation and only had to serve 2 years. I contacted my probation officer and they told me that I was cleared and nothing states I can't get a passport. Would I have problems getting a passport?

Answer: There should be no issues. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Help precursor felony
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a felony for precursors I am on probation right now and I have talked with my probation agent and she says she has no problem with me to have a passport. And that she give me permission to have it. Yes I am still on probation. Can I get a passport?

Answer: Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 regarding your concern.

Precursors
by: Anonymous

Question: I am on probation for having precursors, no drugs or anything like that. It is only precursors. Am I allowed to have a passport? I am still on probation.

Answer: You need to verify this with your probation officer.

Bad check
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a felony for issuing a bad check which happened in 2004. I did probation and paid a fine. Would I have a problems getting a passport?

Answer: You should be able to apply for a passport. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Old felony
by: Anonymous

Question: I had a felony conviction 48 years ago for a drug charge possession with intent. I have been clean ever since. Can I get a passport?

Answer: There are some offenses that perpetually ban one from obtaining a passport. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 regarding your eligibility.

2 felony charges
by: Kelly

Question: I have 2 felony charges, 1 is a 22-year-old forgery and the 2nd is theft of a U-haul 12 years ago. Nothing new on my record. Can I get a passport?

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

Felony charges
by: Anonymous

Question: I had some grand theft charges and possession of a blank prescription (2012). I have completed probation and paid all my court fines and fees. I'd like to go to Paris for my honeymoon, will I be able to get a passport?

Answer: Please contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 or 1-888-874-7793 regarding your eligibility for a passport.


Felony DWI
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband got 2 DWI in 1987 and hasn't had any since then. Can he now apply for a passport to go to Canada?

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

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a felony from 2009 for insurance fraud. I've done my time and paid all my dues. Can i get a passport?

Answer: You should be able to apply for a passport. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Trying to get a passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a felony from 1998 for attempted felonious assault. I served my time but I still owe arrears on my child support. Am I able to get a passport?

Answer: If you owe over $2500 in child support, you will not be able to apply for a passport unless the debt is paid or payment arrangements are made. Please contact the State Child Support Enforcement Agency handling your case for more information.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I had a felony back in 2009 for insurance frau.d I've done my time and have been off probation for 8 years. Can I get a passport for a cruise?

Answer: You should be able to apply for a passport. Please contact customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Can my husband get a passport with drug/theft/ robbery charge
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband has multiple felony drug charges and a robbery charge all from 10+ years ago. All the drug charges were for being caught with personal drugs (not selling, etc.) and the robbery charge is from a local Walmart under $100 and the reasoning it's considered robbery instead of theft is because he tried to run when he was caught.We want to go to Punta Cana, will he be able to get a passport?

Answer: Certain offenses disqualify a person from applying for a passport. We recommend that you contact passport services at 1-877-487-2778 for advice on the matter of your husband's eligibility.

Apply for passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon over 20 years ago. Can he obtain a passport?

Answer: Some offenses disqualify one from obtaining a passport. Please call passport services at 1-877-487-2778 regarding your concern.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a sexual abuse misdemeanor conviction but it was dismissed. Can I get a passport? It's been 6 years now.

Answer: It is not impossible to get a passport. Please contact passport services at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Felony conviction over a decade ago
by: Anonymous

Question: I had a felony conviction for soliciting to promote prison contraband with a misdemeanor for possession of marijuana in 2007, completed 3 years of probation. I want to travel to England in the next couple of years, will I be able to get a passport?

Answer: Some offenses disqualify a person from obtaining as passport. Please contact customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for advice on the matter.

Felony
by: Anonymous

Question: If you have a grand larceny felony that has all been taken care of and paid off and probation is complete, can you still get a passport?

Answer: It is possible to get a passport. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Theft Felony in 2012
by: Anonymous

Question: I was convicted of a felony in 2012 and finished probation in January. Traveling to Mexico in a few months. Should I expect any issues with getting a passport?

Answer: You should be able to apply for a passport. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Old felony
by: Anonymous

Question: I had a child neglect felony 9 years ago and have since done my time and been off of probation for like 5 years. Can I get a passport?

Answer: If by child neglect you mean you also owe child support, you need to settle your arrears before you are made eligible to apply fora U.S. passport.

Felony
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a felony on my record from over 10 years ago for armed robbery. I've done my time and have been home with no trouble or involvement with the law. Can I still get a passport to take my wife to Punta Cana for her birthday?

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

Out of state warrant felony
by: Anonymous

Question: I was stopped for speeding and found out I had a warrant in California from over 20 years ago for assault, I don’t live there and they refuse to extradite me but won’t lift the warrant, can I still get a passport?

Answer: Yes, you can. Please contact customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Felony
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a felony charge for shop lifting that is 21 years old -- that's all there is on my record. Can I get a passport?

Answer: Yes, you can.

Very old felony
by: Anonymous

Question: Thirty-seven years ago, I was convicted of a conspiracy charge of knowing my roommate was selling drugs. I have never had a problem since and I am going to Mexico on a company trip.

In your opinion will it be a challenge getting a passport?

Answer: Although drug-related, your offense may not prevent you from obtaining a passport. Please call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

Large tax debt
by: Anonymous

Question: If my husband owes a large tax debt, but has been on a payment plan for a few years, can he still get a passport?

Answer: If your husband has not been notified that his debt has been certified and that he is temporarily ineligible for a U.S. passport, he can still apply for one.

Need a work passport
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I get a passport to work out of the country? I have 3 drug felonies from 18 years ago.

Answer: While it may be difficult to obtain a passport with a record related to drugs, it is not impossible. Please contact the National Passport Information Center to speak to a customer service representative regarding the issue.

Family Vacay!?
by: Anonymous K

Question: Could my felon boyfriend take me on a cruise?

Answer: The answer depends on a couple of factors.

First is whether or not a passport is needed for the cruise. If you are going on a closed-loop cruise (one that begins and ends in the same U.S. city), a passport may not be required. You just need to present proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. His birth certificate and driver's license should suffice. We recommend that you contact the cruise line to verify travel document requirements.

If you need to fly at some point to get to or from the cruise's start or end port, you need a passport book. This brings us to the second factor -- your boyfriend's offense.

There are offenses that prevent a citizen from obtaning a U.S. passport. These include drug-related offenses and owing more than $2500 in child support. Please call 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

RE: 1-877-487-2778
by: Anonymous

Question: Calling 1-877-487-2778 is of no help at all, they tell you absolutely nothing.

Answer: The information that customer service representatives can provide is limited. Some visitorshave had positive results by submitted a complaint on the following web page. http://uspsg.net/feedback

Get a passport with a felony conviction
by: Anonymous

Question: I received and drug manufacture conviction in 2015 for 3 marijuana plants I was growing for myself. I have completed 2 years probation and drug therapy. Can I get a passport?

Answer: The eligibility to obtain a U.S. passport by a citizen with a former felony conviction largely depends on the offense committed. There are offenses like international drug trafficking that automatically disqualifies one from obtaining a U.S. passport.

Please call the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 to speak to a customer service representative regarding the matter.

Felon
by: Anonymous

Question: In 1999/2000 I got a drug possession charge of marijuana. I've never been in any trouble since. I want to go visit my friends in Panama for a month. Can I get a passport?

Answer: Yes, you should be able to obtain a U.S. passport. Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak to a customer service representative.

Applying for a passport
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband was convicted of three drug felonies 20 years ago. We would like to go out of the country for my birthday next year. Would he be able to?

Answer: Certain offenses prevent an individual from obtaining a U.S. passport. These include international drug trafficking and owing more than $2500 in child support.

While it may be difficult to obtain a passport when you have a record, it is not impossible. Please call 1-877-487-2778 to speak to a customer service representative.

Felony Theft, 1960 (57 years ago)
by: Anonymous

Question: My father has a felony grand theft auto from 1960 -- 57 years ago. He still thinks he can't get a passport. Is this true? We're going on a cruise next year and this will (hopefully) be his first vacation EVER. Can he get one?

Answer: It is not impossible to obtain a passport with a felony. While there are offenses that disqualify a person from getting a passport like drug trafficking and owing over $2500 in child support, not all offenses do.

Your father can apply for a passport. Should there be an issue, passport services will contact him with advice on how he can proceed.

Having said that, if you are going on a closed-loop cruise (one that starts and ends in the same U.S. city), he may not need a passport. He just needs to carry an ID and evidence of U.S. citizenship like his birth certificate. Still, the need for a passport will depend on the requirements of the cruise line and the countries you will be debarking in.

We recommend contacting the cruise line you plan on traveling with for requirements.

23-year-old felony & military dishonorable discharge
by: Dave from Knoxville

Question: My dishonorable discharge was over 30 years ago and a felony drug charge 23 years ago. I am wanting to get a passport. Is it possible?

Answer: It may be a challenge but it is not impossible. Please contact Passport Services to discuss your options. The number to call is 1-877-487-2778.

23-year-old felony
by: Anonymous

Question: I had a felony drug charge 23 years ago. I am wanting to get a passport port. Is it possible.

Answer: While it can be challenging to obtain a passport with a record of drug felony, it is not entirely impossible. Please call customer service at 1-877-487-2778 for more information.

I have done all of my time now
by: Anonymous

Question: Can you get a passport if you were convicted of a sexual abuse crime? I have done all of my time; it's over with now.

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

Felony warrant in Nevada
by: Anonymous

Question: I have some charges pending, in Nevada, I did have a passport when the felony warrant was issued and traveled in and out of the U.S. several times upon my return to the U.S each time, I was stopped and was released on my way, as it was non extradite. The passport has now expired, and I wish to renew, is this possible? The warrant is for grand larceny & burglary (because I took an item to a pawn shop, not actual breaking and entering or stealing) Would I be able to renew the old passport as there weren't any travel restrictions?

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

DRUG CASE
by: Anonymous

Question: I had a drug case 10 years ago and finished everything. Am I able to get a passport?

Answer: While it may be difficult to obtain a passport with a felony conviction, it is not impossible. There are offenses like international drug trafficking that automatically disqualifies one from getting a passport but the decision of issuance ultimately depends on Passport Services.

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

Unconvicted gun case from 2007
by: Unknown

Question: I got in trouble back in 2007. I have never been convicted, am not on probation. Will this stop me from getting my passport? This is almost 10 years ago with no contact from the court or any one else regarding the case. Please advise.

Answer: If there was no conviction, you should have no trouble obtaining a passport. We recommend you call 1-877-487-2778 to speak to a customer service representative and clarify the matter.

Question
by: Anonymous

Question: My Husband has an old Child Support felony that is more than 10 years old, since then we have gained custody of said child and he is now 21 years old. Can this felony prevent him from getting a passport?

Answer: If the child support issue has been resolved, there should be no reason for your husband to be denied a passport.

Felony state to state travel
by: Anonymous K

Question: I'm thinking of joining the reserves and would like for my boyfriend to move with me but he has a felony record. There are possession changes, fleeing charges, and one other charge. Would he still be able to move to a different state with me?

Answer: Passports are not required for travel between states and U.S. territories. However, we recommend contacting your boyfriend's probation officer to see about travel restrictions.

Felony
by: Littlejack

Question: I had a felony over 22 years ago. Was wondering if there was a chance of obtaining a passport.

Answer: Your eligibility for a U.S. passport largely depends on what type of felony was committed. Having said that, it is not impossible to obtain a passport if you had a felony in the past. Please call 1-877-487-2778 for assistance.

Drug charge
by: Anonymous

Question: Can I still get passport if I had a drug charge 5 years ago? I am no longer on probation.

Answer: Obtaining a passport with a felony conviction can be rather difficult but not impossible. The eligibility for a U.S. passport largely depends on the type of felony committed. There are certain offenses, like drug trafficking, that automatically disqualifies one from getting a passport. Please call 1-877-487-2778 for clarification on the subject.

drug charge 20 years ago
by: Anonymous

Question: My husband has been off parole for 5 years. We recently applied for a passport. I got mine. He has not received his, yet. Will he be denied a passport?

Answer: We do not have access to your husband's application form and documents and, therefore, cannot answer your question. Applications that are submitted together are processed separately and can take different times to complete. You can check the status of his application here.

Felony Charged not Sentenced Yet
by: Anonymous

Question: My boyfriend got a possession and contraband charge (small amount) (wrong place at the wrong time situation) back in November. Back at the very end of February or even the beginning of March, we applied for him and our daughter to get a passport to go to Mexico for my brother's wedding which is in October. My daughter got her passport in the mail today. His status on his still says it's processing. When applying they said to give it until the second week of April to come in. Do you think he will get his?

Answer: We do not have access to passport applications. The agent who processes the application will make the decision as to whether or not a passport can be issued. Routine service can take up to 8 weeks.

Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: I am getting off probation for drug possession with intent & identity theft here in the next 3 months. How long before I can get a passport for travel would you say. My family is going to Jamaica next year and I would love to go.

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

USA Passport
by: Anonymous

Question: 35 yrs ago my girlfriend had a felony. Can she get a passport for the USA only?

Answer: More than likely, she can get a passport.

Felony for worthless check
by: Anonymous

Question: I have a worthless check felony from 1988. I was never on probation or parole. I haven't had any problems since. I was given my voting rights back many years ago. I was wondering if I can get a passport.

Answer: Your passport application should not be denied because of the felony. Some countries have restrictions concerning visitors with a felony conviction. Contact the embassy or consulate general of the countries you want to visit for more information.

Felony conviction
by: Anonymous

Comment: I have multipy felony convictions from ten years ago. I've paid my debt to society. My crimes range from passing bad checks to theft.

Response: It is possible to obtain a passport if you have a felony convication on your record. There are some felonies for which a passport is denied but that does not seem to be your case. Note, the fact that you can get a passport does not imply you will be allowed entry to any foreign country. Each country has its own entry requirements and you may either be denied entry or be required to pass through additional steps to receive approval. Please contact the embassy or consulate general of the countries you want to visit for more information.

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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