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CITE

    18 USC Sec. 1543                                            01/05/2009

EXPCITE

    TITLE 18 - CRIMES AND CRIMINAL PROCEDURE
    PART I - CRIMES
    CHAPTER 75 - PASSPORTS AND VISAS

HEAD

    Sec. 1543. Forgery or false use of passport

STATUTE

      Whoever falsely makes, forges, counterfeits, mutilates, or alters
    any passport or instrument purporting to be a passport, with intent
    that the same may be used; or
      Whoever willfully and knowingly uses, or attempts to use, or
    furnishes to another for use any such false, forged, counterfeited,
    mutilated, or altered passport or instrument purporting to be a
    passport, or any passport validly issued which has become void by
    the occurrence of any condition therein prescribed invalidating the
    same -
      Shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 25
    years (if the offense was committed to facilitate an act of
    international terrorism (as defined in section 2331 of this
    title)), 20 years (if the offense was committed to facilitate a
    drug trafficking crime (as defined in section 929(a) of this
    title)), 10 years (in the case of the first or second such offense,
    if the offense was not committed to facilitate such an act of
    international terrorism or a drug trafficking crime), or 15 years
    (in the case of any other offense), or both.

SOURCE

    (June 25, 1948, ch. 645, 62 Stat. 771; Pub. L. 103-322, title XIII,
    Sec. 130009(a)(2), title XXXIII, Sec. 330016(1)(I), Sept. 13, 1994,
    108 Stat. 2030, 2147; Pub. L. 104-208, div. C, title II, Sec.
    211(a)(2), Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009-569; Pub. L. 107-273,
    div. B, title IV, Sec. 4002(a)(3), Nov. 2, 2002, 116 Stat. 1806.)

HISTORICAL AND REVISION NOTES

      Based on section 222 of title 22, U.S.C., 1940 ed., Foreign
    Relations and Intercourse (June 15, 1917, ch. 30, title IX, Sec. 4,
    40 Stat. 227; Mar. 28, 1940, ch. 72, Sec. 7, 54 Stat. 80).
      Reference to persons causing or procuring was omitted as
    unnecessary in view of definition of "principal" in section 2 of
    this title.
      Mandatory-punishment provision with authorization for added fine
    in discretion of court was rephrased in the alternative.
      Punishment of five years' imprisonment was substituted for "ten
    years" to conform with other sections embracing offenses of
    comparable gravity.
      Minor changes were made in phraseology.
                                AMENDMENTS
      2002 - Pub. L. 107-273 substituted "to facilitate" for "to
    facility" in last par.
      1996 - Pub. L. 104-208 substituted "imprisoned not more than 25
    years (if the offense was committed to facilitate an act of
    international terrorism (as defined in section 2331 of this
    title)), 20 years (if the offense was committed to facilitate a
    drug trafficking crime (as defined in section 929(a) of this
    title)), 10 years (in the case of the first or second such offense,
    if the offense was not committed to facility such an act of
    international terrorism or a drug trafficking crime), or 15 years
    (in the case of any other offense)" for "imprisoned not more than
    10 years" in last par.
      1994 - Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 330016(1)(I), which directed the
    amendment of this section by substituting "under this title" for
    "not more than $2,000", could not be executed because the words
    "not more than $2,000" did not appear in text subsequent to
    amendment by Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 130009(a)(2). See below.
      Pub. L. 103-322, Sec. 130009(a)(2), substituted "under this
    title, imprisoned not more than 10 years" for "not more than $2,000
    or imprisoned not more than five years" in last par.
                     EFFECTIVE DATE OF 1996 AMENDMENT
      Amendment by Pub. L. 104-208 applicable with respect to offenses
    occurring on or after Sept. 30, 1996, see section 211(c) of Pub. L.
    104-208, set out as a note under section 1028 of this title.
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