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The simple answer to your question as to whether you may get a passport is yes. There are no questions regarding your former criminal record, or questions regarding former felonies in your background, on the offical application for a travel passport. Thus, there are no outright rules against a former felon from getting a passport.
However, the ultimate decision will be up to the State Department as they will be the one's making the decision as to whether or not you can have a passport. But take heart, I know of individuals who are convicted felons who have been able to obtain a passport for travel; some with no questions asked, and others who had to explain their criminal record in more detail.
Fill out the application and have it filed . . . then wait and see. Answer any questions they may have for you and you should be fine. I also want to tell the that since your felony is 20 some odd years old it is good for your cause.
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