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Can I Get A Passport With A Misdemeanor On My Record?

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Yes, getting a passport shouldn't be a problem if you have a misdemeanor on your record. Every citizen is entitled to apply for a passport.

Applying for a passport with a criminal record A passport will be issued to you on application, regardless of whether you have a criminal record or not.

This is because a passport is simply a document issued by the government that is used to verify the identity and nationality of the holder when they travel overseas.

The only drawback to having a criminal record is that you may be refused entry to certain countries, regardless of whether you have a valid passport and/or visa.

If you require a visa to enter a country, you can expect to be questioned about any criminal convictions. Whether you are then allowed entry is subject to the decision of immigration and/or border patrol enforcement.

If you're considering a holiday abroad, but are worried about a previous criminal conviction, there are two things you can do:

  • Ask for information and advice from the relevant authority (recommended)
  • Travel regardless of your conviction and risk being refused entry if you get caught out (not recommended)

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