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Can I fix a mistake on my ESTA application?

Prior to payment, you can amend all the details in your application.
When it comes to changing information after you have submitted your application, it depends on the type of mistake.
Any wrong information about passport documents, biographical information, or any questions relating to your eligibility to travel to the U.S. will require you to fill out an entirely new application, since such details will be used to determine the acceptability of your application. This includes the following details:
  • First (given) name
  • Last (family) name
  • Gender - at present, only male of female are available. If neither of these are applicable to you, pick the one you would otherwise feel most comfortable with
  • City of birth
  • Country of birth
  • Country of citizenship
  • Country of residence
  • Country of passport issuance
  • Birth date
  • Passport number
  • Passport expiry date or
  • Passport issuance date
You would need to fill out and submit a new ESTA application in 24 hours, and you will need to pay the fee for the new application. Once the new application is submitted, the previous one will be automatically rendered void. You will also not be able to change the answers to your yes or no eligibility questions, so ensure these are answered correctly before you submit payment.
Other mistakes, such as destinations, city of embarkation, email address, phone number, flight details, the address where you will be staying in the United States, etc., which in themselves have no effect on the decision for your registration, can be updated without the submission of a new application. This information can be edited at any time by clicking on the “Update or Check Status button” on your ESTA form. You will be reminded to check the details provided a number of times before you submit the form and it is advised that you ensure that all information is correct before submitting your application so that everything can proceed smoothly.