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  • Can you get a passport with a misdemeanor?
  • Legal reasons for passport denial
  • What crimes are considered as misdemeanors?

Can you get a passport with a misdemeanor?

Yes, individuals with a misdemeanor on their record can generally get a passport. A the purpose of a passport is to identify you, when you are filing the passport forms you won’t even be asked about your criminal history. Instead, all the questions in the passport form prioritises identity verification,
But still, a misdemeanor is a criminal offense that falls between a minor violation and a felony (a more serious crime). While misdemeanors carry potential penalties such as fines, probation, and community service, they typically result in a jail sentence of no more than one year. Unlike felonies, misdemeanors may not necessarily lead to the loss of citizenship privileges, including the right to vote.

Table of contents
  • Can you get a passport with a misdemeanor?
  • Legal reasons for passport denial
  • What crimes are considered as misdemeanors?
  • Legal reasons for passport denial

    While misdemeanors may not be a direct barrier, certain legal reasons could lead to passport denial.

    • If you have any ongoing legal issues like felony charges, then you might not get a passport.
    • If there is a court order that restrains you from leaving the country.
    • If owe more than 2,500$ in child support.
    • If you have an active warrant against you for a felony charge.

    These are some of the reasons that can lead to passport denial.

    What crimes are considered as misdemeanors?

    Drunk Driving
    Petty theft
    Trespassing
    Assault
    Driving on a suspended license
    Crimes against property
    These are some examples of acts classified as misdemeanors.