ACSOL received today the first report that the U.S. State Department has notified a registrant by email that his passport has been revoked. The email included as an attachment a formal letter from the department. The email and letter were sent to the registrant on August 26, 2020, more than six months after his last trip overseas to a country where he was allowed to enter.
According to the department’s message, the registrant was notified that his passport was revoked by email “due to current health and safety measures.” All previous reports that registrants passports had been revoked were in the form of a letter sent to registrants by certified U.S. mail.
“The information sent in the State Department’s email is very similar to information sent previously by certified mail,” stated ACSOL Executive Director Janice Bellucci. “The bottom line is that the registrant’s passport was already revoked and must be returned to the State Department in order to apply for a new passport.”
The newly issued passport is expected to contain a “unique identifier” that reveals that the registrant has been convicted of a sex offense involving a minor. The “unique identifier” does not specify whether the offense involved physical contact or when the conviction occurred. According to the department’s message, the registrant can obtain a passport without a “unique identifier” after the Angel Watch Center certifies to the Department of State that he is no longer a covered sex offender as defined by federal law.