Amending Mistakes on an ESTA Application

Updated on Jan 03, 2024 | Online US Visa

Amending mistakes on an Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) application can be done before or after approval. Here are the steps to correct mistakes on an ESTA application.

Before approval

  1. Log in to the ESTA application website using the original application reference number.
  2. Make the necessary changes to the incorrect information.
  3. Review and submit the amended application.

After approval

  1. Contact the ESTA Assistance Center via email or phone to request the correction.
  2. Provide the necessary information and evidence to support the correction request.
  3. Wait for the ESTA Assistance Center to review and update the information in the ESTA database.

It is important to note that making a correction does not guarantee approval of an ESTA application, and a corrected application may still be denied. It is recommended to review the information carefully before submitting an ESTA application to minimize the need for correction.

It is important to keep the following in mind when correcting mistakes on an ESTA application.

  • Timing: The sooner you catch and correct a mistake on your ESTA application, the better. If you wait too long to make a correction, it may cause delays in processing and even result in your application being denied.
  • Evidence: If you need to provide evidence to support the correction, make sure it is valid and relevant. For example, if you are correcting a mistake in your passport information, you need to provide a copy of the updated passport page.
  • Fees: There may be a fee for making changes to an approved ESTA application, so it is important to check with the ESTA Assistance Center before making a correction.
  • Rejection: If your correction request is denied, you will need to reapply for an ESTA. This means that you will need to pay the application fee again and wait for the processing time.

By following these steps, you can correct mistakes on your ESTA application and ensure that it is processed quickly and accurately. It is important to keep in mind that ESTA requirements and procedures may change, so it is always a good idea to check the official ESTA website for the most up-to-date information.

Finally, it is also important to keep a copy of your ESTA application and any correspondence with the ESTA Assistance Center for your records. This will help you track the status of your application and reference the information in case you need to make any further corrections or changes in the future.

What are some common challenges that ESTA applicants face?

Q: I made an error on my ESTA application. What should I do?

A: Until you submit the application form, the website will allow you to check everything and correct any errors you may have made. Except for the following fields, you will be able to amend all the information you entered before completing your ESTA application:

  • Your birth date
  • Citizenship country
  • The country from which your passport was issued
  • Passport number

If you make an error with your Passport information, you will have to submit a whole new application. You will also be required to pay the applicable charge for each new application that is filed.

All other fields are editable or updateable. Find and click the 'Check ESTA Status' link, then the 'Check Individual Status' link. If you made a mistake when answering any of the eligibility questions, check for the 'Info Center,' which is located at the bottom of every page.

Q: How can I correct an error in the Passport Expiration Date or Passport Issuance Date after I've submitted my ESTA application?

A: If you haven't paid the application money, you can change the Passport Expiration Date and Passport Issuance Date. 

Unfortunately, if you have already paid for the ESTA application and discover that you made an error in the Passport Expiration Date or Passport Issuance Date boxes, you will have to submit a new ESTA application. The previous application will be canceled, and you will be required to pay the applicable charge again.

Q: How does an applicant change information on his or her ESTA application?

A: You will be able to edit any of the data fields before submitting your ESTA application.

However, once your application has been authorized by the authorities, you will only be permitted to change the following fields:

  • Location in the United States
  • Electronic mail address (Please note that if you want to change the email address you initially submitted, you will have to verify the updated email address)

Q: What should I do if my passport has expired, or my passport information has changed?

A: If you apply for and receive a new passport, or if your passport information changes, you must apply for a new ESTA travel authorization. You will also be required to pay the application fee again.

Q: I have an ESTA that has been authorized. In what circumstances will I have to reapply?

A: You may need to file for a new ESTA if any of the following occur:

  • You have a new name
  • You have received a new passport
  • You have become a citizen of a different country since the original ESTA was issued
  • You have switched from male to female or female to male
  • The situation with any of your previous responses to questions on the ESTA application form that required a 'yes' or 'no' response has since changed

An ESTA travel authorisation is typically valid for two (2) years, or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. The validity date will be provided when your ESTA application is approved. 

You must submit a new ESTA application when your passport or your granted ESTA authorisation expires. Please keep in mind that you must pay the applicable cost each time you submit a new ESTA application.

Tips To Avoid Making Mistakes On Your ESTA Application:

Here are some tips to help you avoid mistakes on your ESTA application:

  • Read the instructions carefully: Before filling out the ESTA application, take the time to read the instructions and requirements thoroughly. This will help you understand what information is needed and how to provide it accurately.
  • Double-check your information: Make sure to double-check all the information you provide on the ESTA application, including your name, date of birth, passport information, and travel plans.
  • Use correct spelling and capitalization: Be sure to use correct spelling and capitalization for your name, passport information, and other details on the application. Incorrect spelling or capitalization can cause errors and delays in processing.
  • Provide accurate travel plans: Make sure to provide accurate and detailed information about your travel plans, including the purpose of your trip, the dates you will be traveling, and your itinerary.
  • Keep your passport information up to date: Make sure that your passport is valid for the entire duration of your trip and that the information on your ESTA application matches the information on your passport.
  • Avoid using abbreviations: Avoid using abbreviations or shortcuts when filling out the application. Use the full, official names of countries, cities, and other locations.
  • Seek help if needed: If you are unsure about any part of the ESTA application process, don't hesitate to seek help. You can contact the ESTA Assistance Center or consult the official ESTA website for guidance.
  • Keep a copy of your application: After submitting your ESTA application, make sure to keep a copy of the application and any correspondence with the ESTA Assistance Center for your records. This will help you track the status of your application and reference the information if you need to make any corrections or changes in the future.
  • Avoid using public Wi-Fi: When filling out your ESTA application, it's best to use a secure, private network to protect your personal information. Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks, as they may not be secure and could put your information at risk.
  • Don't wait until the last minute: Don't wait until the last minute to submit your ESTA application. Processing times can vary, and you want to make sure you have enough time to make any necessary corrections or updates before your trip.

By following these tips, you can help ensure that your ESTA application is accurate, complete, and processed efficiently. With a little preparation and attention to detail, you can help make your travel experience to the United States as smooth and stress-free as possible.