Published: Jan 19, 2015, Updated: Oct 17, 2022
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):
If you made a mistake on Question 1 of the ESTA application form, you can wait 24 hours and try submitting 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-ContactUs?language=en_US.
If you made a mistake on any of the fields below, or any of the eligibility questions, you will need to submit a fresh application. These fields are individually listed below and described.
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 eligible country and wish to obtain an ESTA for tourist, business, medical or transit purposes, get started on your application, otherwise, visit the FAQ to learn more about the ESTA