Do I Have To Disclose My Traffic Tickets and Arrests On My Naturalization Application?



When you apply for citizenship, you have to list any interactions you have had with law enforcement on your application. This includes traffic tickets.

Even if you have hired a lawyer to dismiss the case, you should still tell the immigration officer about it. If you don’t tell them, your immigration case may be denied.

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19 thoughts on “Do I Have To Disclose My Traffic Tickets and Arrests On My Naturalization Application?”

  1. Ardo Sow says:

    Very helpful ! Thanks a bunch !

  2. penn jillette says:

    Jim, I recently had an interview and i wish I saw your video before. I got citizenship same day of interview but many people hesitate to disclose after reading many blogs. Totally agree with every point you made.

    Can you please make a video on what we can do with waiting time esp. in Nebraska service center. Its getting insanely slow. Another video that will be widely popular will be documents needed after i 130 is approved for consular processing.Thanks

  3. David Kim says:

    Very relevant topic and video. Good follow up question is when is printing out dispositions online good enough and when do you have to go the extra mile by having to go to court to get certified dispositions or other conviction-related documents.

  4. Martha says:

    I thought it was a given list everything!

  5. Calvin Maxwell says:

    Question do everyone have arrest put in for their citizenship will get the application accepted

  6. Asgar Khan says:

    Hi good day sir i was living in us 1991 to 2003 ..i have a few Parking tickets i didnt pay it ..now my interview for immigrant visa is comming up should i be worried about those parking unpaid tickets…..My daughter US citizen applied an I130 for me..

  7. kiko jif says:

    I said No and I had 6 tickets they didn't even asked me this question

  8. melhemeyad says:

    I had paid a immegration lawyer to ask him single question and his answer was wrong, USCIS terminated my I511 while i was on visit outside of the country and airport refused to let me in to the plan back to US. which the attorny confirmed that USCIS or CBP worst senario at airport will give you date to apear in court! which was ok for me at least IJ can review my case. but CBP officer emailed the airport not to allow me to the plan because my I551 is terminated, i have my car and acounts and life left behind and lost much more than ticket and humelation at airport .
    I see that not only USCIS is not our friends but also some paid lawyers .

  9. Erick says:

    I uploaded my state criminal record during filling my N-400.Its better to be up front and make sure u pay all your fines.

  10. Sang Dang says:

    i passed the test and going to ceremony next month, but I didn’t mention a pending ticket at the interview, should i bring reciept of paid fine to ceremony? are they going to deny me from sworn in? or just let it go

  11. kumar chetri says:

    I had done my Biometric and after 1 month I got dui and my case still pending in court and I got my citizenship interview appointment .
    Should I go to interview or not ?

  12. Tosin Adediran says:

    Do I consider a traffic warning as a citation or what I should report during my naturalization process?

  13. Даяна Сабадіна says:

    What about a parking ticket?

  14. Robin B. says:

    What if my traffic lawyer managed to change 3 tickets (speeding + etc.) into one big parking ticket? It was like 12 years ago and how do I check if the record is still there?

  15. Alexxa says:

    Helpful. Thanks.

  16. Alex Peace says:

    What if people forget the citation history?

  17. Don'tBeEvil says:

    What about red light camera? The fine is not issued by Law Enforcement, only by the city. The record doesn't appear in DMV. Insurance companies also don't see it in their records (I asked them about it specifically). Should I include red light camera fines (not sure if I can call it a ticket)?

  18. Right2travel says:

    Although there have been recurring differences in emphasis within the Court as to the source of the constitutional right of interstate travel, there is no need here to canvass those differences further. All have agreed that the right exists. Its explicit recognition as one of the federal rights protected by what is now U.S.C. s 241 goes back at least as far as 1904. United States v. Moore, C.C., 129 F. 630, 633. We reaffirm it now. " U.S. v. Guest, 383 U.S. 745 (1966)

    The conclusion that the right of free movement is a right of national citizenship stands on firm historical ground. If a state tax on that movement, as in the Crandall case, is invalid, a fortiori a state statute which obstructs or in substance prevents that movement must fall. Edwards v. People of State of California, 314 U.S. 160 (1941)

    "If the right of passing through a State by a citizen of the United States is one guaranteed to him by the Constitution, it must be as sacred from State taxation"…Crandall v. State of Nevada, 73 U.S. 35 (1867)

    Where there is a legal right, there is also a legal remedy by suit, or action at law, whenever that right is invaded. Marbury v. Madison, 1 Cranch 137 (1803)

  19. JB Coelho says:

    I just got a DUI in Florida and would like to apply for citizenship, would it be possible to “delete” it from my record?

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