When people are convicted of drunk driving offenses, they face a range of restrictions, including a suspended license and the possibility of not being able to drive without an Ignition Interlock Device. Considering that your license can be suspended for a DUI conviction, it’s natural to think that a passport may be affected as well, however, that’s not typically the case.
Generally, your ability to get a passport should not be affected by your DUI conviction. In other words, people’s passport privileges aren’t automatically revoked because they are convicted of driving under the influence, even if it was a felony DUI.
Still, you can technically forfeit the right to obtain a passport after a DUI conviction. For example, a person can be forbidden to get a passport as a result of a court order, or as a condition of probation or parole. Additionally, if the court believes that a defendant is a flight risk, or facing a felony-related subpoena, then the court could have their passport privileges revoked.
Restrictions Travelling to Other Countries
While DUI defendants can usually obtain a U.S. passport without any problem, they can face restrictions when it comes to travelling to certain countries. Canada for example, reserves the right to deny entry to foreigners who have a criminal record history of any kind.
Even if you have a valid U.S. passport, as long as you have a misdemeanor or felony conviction for DUI, Canada may not let you visit the country; Mexico may refuse too. If you have a felony DUI on your record and you travel to Canada or Mexico by ship, you won’t be allowed to disembark onto foreign soil. So, while you can obtain a U.S. passport, you may have no place to go.
Although your DUI shouldn’t affect your ability to obtain a passport, it is wise for you to consult with an Orange County DUI defense attorney from the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to fight the charges and the many other penalties at stake.