Last Updated: April 28, 2022

This page is pulled from the Washington Appleseed Reentry Guide.

The process of applying for a Passport is complicated and you will need to provide a lot of supporting documentation to prove your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen. You can find more details on the application process online.

Some restrictions that may apply to you depending on your criminal history or other circumstances:

  • Felony convictions: If you have been convicted of a felony, you may apply for a U.S. Passport, but your application may be denied if you have been convicted of certain drug-related felonies or misdemeanors. For instance, federal law disqualifies convicted international drug traffickers from obtaining a Passport during their incarceration and subsequent parole or community supervision. Additionally, if you already have a Passport and are convicted of one of these crimes, your existing Passport may be revoked.
  • Unpaid child support: If you owe more than $2,500 in unpaid child support, you will not be eligible for a Passport. You will become eligible again when you pay down your child support debt.
  • Travel restrictions: The State Department may deny your application for a Passport if you are barred from leaving the United States, either by court order or a condition of your probation or parole.

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