Passports and International Megan's Law

International Megan's Law prohibits us from issuing a passport to a covered sex offender without a unique identifier. 

When applying for a passport, you must self-identify as a sex offender by submitting a signed statement with your application that says you are a covered sex offender under International Megan’s Law. 

  • The law allows us to revoke passports previously issued to these individuals that do not contain the identifier (22 USC 212b).
  • The identifier is a 'passport endorsement' printed inside the passport book. Since endorsements cannot be printed on passport cards, covered sex offenders cannot be issued passport cards.
  • Only the Angel Watch Center (AWC) in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (DHS/ICE) can certify an individual as a covered sex offender.
  • You can email AWC at dhsintermeganslaw@ice.dhs.gov with questions about a unique identifier on your current passport book or previous notifications to a foreign country about your international travel.
  • 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 self-identify as a sex offender by submitting a signed statement with your application that says you are a covered sex offender under International Megan’s Law. 

If you have a valid passport book without the proper endorsement, or a valid passport card and would like an endorsement on a passport book, you will need to reapply. You must:

  • Apply in person using Form DS-11,
  • Return any unendorsed U.S. passport you have,
  • Return any valid U.S. passport card you have been issued,
  • Pay fees, and
  • Submit a signed statement that says you are a covered sex offender under International Megan’s Law. The statement can be handwritten or a hardcopy of a typed statement. 

Covered sex offenders cannot be issued U.S. passport cards. 

 

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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. You can apply for a U.S. passport book which will be issued with a unique endorsement.

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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 to us. If you want to apply for a new passport, you must:

  • Apply in person for a passport book using Form DS-11,
  • Pay passport fees, and
  • Submit a signed statement that says you are covered sex offender under International Megan's Law. The statement can be handwritten or a hardcopy of a typed statement. 

Covered sex offenders cannot be issued U.S. passport cards.

Last Updated: March 21, 2024