Can a criminal record prevent you from getting a US passport?

Can a criminal record prevent you from getting a US passport?

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I have a gross misdemeanor on my record from many years ago. I have never applied for a passport, but I am wanting to go on vacation in the UK. Will my past record prevent me from obtaining a passport and/or entering the United Kingdom?


  1. Criminal record is one thing and served in a jail for criminal offense is different. If you had served forget your US dreams. We have enough of criminals already.
    In the other case you have to prove that you had not done anything wrong but falsely implicated by an actual court record.

  2. Not at all, folks who have convictions have all of their rights, espcially a misdemeanor. The appliacation doesnt even ask about that Apply for the passport as soon as possible as it takes time to process it

    Have a good trip

  3. As long as your not "wanted" and don’t have any open felonies on your record or with NCIC-you should be ok. Just double check with the authorities on your old misdemeanors-but you should be ok.

  4. there is a possibility that it may, however there are lots of circumstances which need to be looked at before you are denied a passport. Best bet is to check with a lawyer or even possibly contacting a clerk of court as they are qualified to help in this matter

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