Fixing a mistake on your ESTA Application

Published on: Jan 19, 2015, Last Edited: Mar 11, 2020 | Tags: Mistake on ESTA, ESTA

The ESTA, or visa waiver, application may seem like a simple application, yet it is quite common to make a mistake. The most common mistakes are incorrect birthdate, passport expiry/issuance dates or passport number. If you find you've made a mistake on your ESTA application, here's what to do (checkout the video for a brief summary):

Fixing a mistake on your ESTA Application
Fixing a mistake on your ESTA Application



If you made a mistake on Questions 1 - Question 9 - If you made a mistake on Question 1 of the ESTA application form, you can wait 24 hours and try resubmitting a fresh application. If you answered Questions 2 - Question 9 incorrectly, you will need to telephone US Customs and Border Patrol on +1 (202) 325-8000 or email the ESTA technical team via their website and let them know of your error: https://help.cbp.gov/s/article/Article-1088?language=en_US.

If you made a mistake on any other field, including any of the following, you will need to resubmit a fresh application.

  • First (given) name
  • Last (family) name
  • Gender
  • City of birth
  • Country of birth
  • Country of citizenship
  • Country of residence
  • Country of passport issuance
  • Birth date
  • Passport number
  • Passport expiry date
  • Passport issuance date

After submission of your ESTA application form, the only fields you will be able to change are - "Address While In The United States" and / or "E-mail Address"

If you hold a passport from a visa waiver country such as the UK, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or other Western European Country, and wish to obtain an ESTA for tourist, business, medical or transit purposes through the USA, get started on your application now:

Apply for ESTA