Passports and International Megan's Law

The passport identifier provision of International Megan's Law to Prevent Child Exploitation and Other Sexual Crimes Through Advanced Notification of Traveling Sex Offenders (IML) (Public Law 114-119) went into effect on October 31, 2017.

International Megan's Law prohibits the Department of State from issuing a passport to a covered sex offender without a unique identifier, and it allows for the revocation of passports previously issued to these individuals that do not contain the identifier (22 USC 212b).

The identifier is a passport endorsement, currently printed inside the back cover of the passport book, which reads: “The bearer was convicted of a sex offense against a minor, and is a covered sex offender pursuant to 22 United States Code Section 212b(c)(l).” Since endorsements cannot be printed on passport cards, covered sex offenders cannot be issued passport cards.

Only the DHS/ICE Angel Watch Center (AWC) can certify an individual as a “covered sex offender.” Please direct all questions about such status to AWC. 

Applicants who have questions for AWC regarding their status or believe they have been wrongly identified as a covered sex offender as defined in Title 22 United States Code 212b(c)(1) should contact AWC at dhsintermeganslaw@ice.dhs.gov.

The U.S. Marshals Service is another resource with more detailed information on International Megan’s Law and international travel.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do covered sex offenders apply for a new U.S. passport book with the proper endorsement?

If you were never issued a U.S. passport or if your passport is expired, please apply in person for a new one. You must submit a signed statement with your application that says you are a covered sex offender under International Megan’s Law.

If you currently have a valid U.S. passport book without the proper endorsement and/or any valid U.S. passport card, you will need to return them with your application for a new U.S. passport. You must submit a signed statement that says you are a covered sex offender under International Megan’s Law, and include the U.S. passport(s) with your application.

Please note: Covered sex offenders cannot be issued U.S. passport cards. (22 C.F.R. § 51.60(g)).

 

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Can covered sex offenders receive a U.S. passport card?

No. Covered sex offenders cannot be issued U.S. passport cards (22 C.F.R. § 51.60(g)). You can apply for a U.S. passport book which will be issued with a unique endorsement.

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I am a registered sex offender, but I am not sure if I am covered under International Megan's Law. What should I do?

Please contact the DHS/ICE Angel Watch Center via email dhsintermeganslaw@ice.dhs.gov before you apply for a U.S. passport for more information on covered sex offenders and International Megan’s Law.

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I received a letter that my valid U.S. passport was revoked because I am a covered sex offender. What should I do?

You will need to return the revoked U.S. passport and submit a Form DS-11 application for a U.S. passport book. You must apply in person for a new passport and pay the appropriate fees. Please note that covered sex offenders cannot be issued U.S. passport cards (22 C.F.R. § 51.60(g)).

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I am a covered sex offender who received a new passport without the unique identifier. What should I do?

Please contact the National Passport Information Center at 1-877-487-2778 on Mondays-Fridays (8am-10pm ET). Customer service representatives will assist you.

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I am a law enforcement or probation officer and have questions. Whom do I contact?

Contact the DHS/ICE Angel Watch Center via email at dhsintermeganslaw@ice.dhs.gov for more information on covered sex offenders and International Megan's Law. If a sex offender is a covered sex offender under International Megan's Law, he or she should follow the guidance on this webpage on how to apply for a U.S. passport book which has the unique endorsement.