18 U.S.C. § 1541Issuance of Passports
Section 1541 of Title 18 makes it a crime to issue or verify a
or other instrument in the nature of a passport, without authority to do so.
example, state and local governments may not issue documents designed to
facilitate overseas travel of their residents. 17 Op.Att.Gen. 674 (1884).
Similarly, forgery of a document purporting to be such a travel document
by a state or local government would also violate 18 U.S.C. § 1541.
Op.Att.Gen. 350 (1859). 18 U.S.C. § 1541 also makes it a crime for
officers to verify passports for persons not owing allegiance to the United
States, even if they are citizens.|
The Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act
amended this statute to provide for enhanced penalties if the offense was
committed to facilitate an act of international terrorism or a drug
[cited in USAM 9-73.600]