If the offender crossed international borders or used their previous passport in the commission of their criminal act, they will be barred from acquiring another passport for the duration of their jail sentence and/or probation/parole.
The offender can apply for a passport rehabilitation certificate to prove that they have been rehabilitated and are no longer prohibited from receiving a passport. However, there are some conditions that may affect your ability to receive such a certificate. These include but are not limited to: the nature of your offense; the length of your sentence; whether you have pending charges; and your record of compliance with court orders. If you believe that you qualify for this certificate, you should contact the Department of State office responsible for issuing passports to see if more information is available regarding eligibility.
Passport restrictions also apply to U.S. citizens who are imprisoned in other countries. If you are denied a passport due to a conviction, you cannot be granted a visa to visit any country that requires foreign nationals to have a passport to enter its territory.
The only way a prisoner can legitimately travel with a valid U.S. passport is if they are being transported (not released on parole) from one federal facility to another or from custody within the United States to a community treatment center. Otherwise, they will be detained at the border upon attempting to leave.
While a criminal has the right to apply for and acquire a passport, if they have an arrest order against them, they will not be granted one. Applicants who are on parole will be denied a passport as well. The only way that this can be resolved is by having the arrest ordered removed from your record.
The best place to report someone who violates their parole is not only through probation but also the police department where the violation occurred. If an arrest is made based on a new charge, then the defendant will need to appear in court for the new case to be resolved. If no new charges are brought forward at the time of the hearing, then the original charge may be withdrawn or dismissed.
A person cannot obtain a passport if they are in violation of their parole or probation. This includes those who have been released from prison but remain under supervision by the probation office. Those who fail to comply with the conditions of their release could have their passport privileges revoked. However, if you violate the terms of your release, there are options available that could allow you to continue traveling without jeopardizing your status.
If you would like additional information about how to travel while on parole or probation, we recommend that you contact your local probation office or prison system directly. They will be able to provide you with information about any special procedures that may apply to you while traveling.
There are very few situations in which US citizens with criminal convictions can be rejected or have their passports revoked. The only felony that prevents anyone from obtaining or holding a passport under current US law is international drug trafficking.
It is not difficult to obtain a passport if you have committed a criminal. While there are various reasons why a convicted criminal may have trouble obtaining a passport, the vast majority of felon applicants will be approved. A conviction for international drug trafficking is one of the most common reasons for rejection.
According to federal law, 22 U.S.C. 2714, the US government will not grant a passport to anybody who has been convicted of a felony, federal or state drug charge while using a passport or crossing international borders while committing that crime. In these circumstances, they would also cancel any current passports. The conviction must be for a crime committed in the past and it must have an effect on your ability to travel now.
A person cannot get a passport if they are accused of a crime but not yet found guilty. Also, if you are charged with a crime but never told you can apply for a passport later if you're granted immunity. Finally, if the FBI decides you're not able to travel because of a threat to national security, the agency can keep you off of passports as well.
The length of time between a conviction and being allowed to travel again depends on how long you are denied access to passports and when you appeal the decision. If you are released from prison before the appeals process is complete, you can usually get a new passport. If you are still in prison during this time, then you cannot get a new passport until the next procedure listed below takes place.
The first thing you need to do is file an appeal. You can do this by writing a letter to the Department of State explaining why you believe you should be allowed to travel and attaching copies of relevant documents.
Obtaining a Passport Despite a Criminal Record Obtaining a passport after a criminal conviction is simple, unless the terms of your sentence, probation, or parole expressly deny you the right to one. Convicted felons will not be allowed to acquire a passport if they have been convicted of treason or a federal or state narcotics felony and used their passport to cross an international border.
The first thing you need to know about getting a passport is that neither the FBI nor any other federal agency checks the background of potential applicants before issuing passports. Thus, even if you have been arrested for a crime, you can still apply for a passport. The only exclusion we mentioned was people on probation or parole who have been denied a passport previously. If this applies to you, then you cannot get a passport until the order denying you one has been reversed.
You should also know that even if you have a criminal record, it does not prevent you from obtaining certain types of documents required by law enforcement agencies or foreign governments if you are applying for a job or some other form of authorization. For example, security clearances are usually needed by those working with classified information, so even if you have been accused of a crime you can still apply. The same goes for people seeking permission to enter another country as a tourist or worker. There are different categories of documents that cannot be obtained by someone with a criminal record, such as evidence that could be used in a court of law: arrest records, citation records, charge papers, and judgment records.