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State Department issues final rule with statutory passport denial and revocation requirements, procedural changes for certain sex offenders

  1. Date Announced

    May 11, 2018

    State Department issues final rule incorporating statutory passport denial and revocation requirements and procedures for certain sex offenders. The rule allows for revocation and limitation of passports held by certain child sex offenders if such passports do not bear a "unique identifier" required under 8 U.S.C. 212b(b)(1); see also 22 C.F.R. 51.62(a)(1); 51.60(a)(4), and requires revocation of passports held by individuals convicted of sex tourism offenses. 212 U.S.C. 212a; 22 C.F.R. 51.62(d). Notwithstanding these changes, DOS may issue passports for direct return to the United States. The rule also makes several procedural changes relating to review hearings and denial/cancellation of Consular Reports of Birth Abroad.

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    May 11, 2018
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Rule
Subject Matter: Citizenship
Agencies Affected: DOS

Prior Policies

  • In 2016, Congress passed and the Obama Administration signed International Megan's Law. Under that law, passports of convicted child sex offenders must bear a "unique identifier." The prior administration issued a final rule in September 2016, preventing issuance of passports to covered sex offenders absent such identifier. 81 FR 60608 (Sept. 2, 2016).

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Commentary

AP - Child sex offenders to be named as such in US passports

In November 2017, DOS announced it would begin revoking passports held by child sex offenders without such identifier.

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