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what do they check when you get a passport or try and leave the country?

I want to go to the bahamas for a week this summer. but i am on felony probabtion. Will they check to see if I am on probabtion? Do they check when you go to get a passport or when you are trying to board the plane?

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Asked by Anonymous at 10:53 PM on Jan. 22, 2010 in Travel

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  • As a term of probation, you are not allowed to leave the country, let alone the state for most felony offenses. You can apply for a passport, but your request may be denied or held until the end of your probation.

    If you have a passport already, it is rare they check when you board the plane. But when you land, you go through immigration and they will see that you are violating probation when your passport gets scanned and you will be sent back to the US immediately, not even a chance to get your luggage yourself, and marshals or a sheriff's deputy will be waiting for you in the US airport.

    Answer by ecodani at 10:58 PM on Jan. 22, 2010

  • the passport is to be able to get back IN to the country!

    Answer by chefjen at 2:45 PM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • A passport is a document that certifies a person's citizenship. It is not a guarantee of character or anything else; it is basically an identity document. In fact, the passport form doesn't even ask the applicant about criminal history.

    Traditionally, there is just one type of felony that would prevent the person from getting a passport. A person is ineligible if he or she has "been convicted by a court or court martial of competent jurisdiction of committing any act of treason against, or attempting by force to overthrow, or bearing arms against, the United States, or conspiring to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force, the Government of the United States."

    That information is included on the passport information form, available here:
    Application for U.S Passport -


    Answer by sonnalynn at 1:44 PM on Jan. 31, 2010

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