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Can I Get a Passport with a DUI in my driving record?

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Can I get a Passport with a DUI in my record?
 
Question:
I'd like to get a passport so I can travel, but I have an impaired (DUI) on my driving record. How can I still get a passport?
 
Answer:
Its true the Americans can deny you entry with a criminal record.  
 
A DUI or Impaired Driving is usually cause for denial as the Americans are concerned with more serious offences and crimes of moral turpitude.  However, a border agent still has the right to refuse you entry even if you have a DUI.  The Canadian border regularly denies US citizens entry to Canada with Impaired Driving offences so the Americans may consider doing the same.  Regardless, you are still safe to obtain a Canadian passport even if you have ten criminal convictions as it is your right as a Canadian citizen to have a passport.  However, prior to traveling to the US, its a good idea to obtain a pardon, record suspension or file destruction to remove the criminal record so that it cannot be seen by the American authorities.
 
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last year
Great info, thanks so much.
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