I have recently been released from incarceration with the FED system. Yes I am a convicted felon and always will be. There simply is no such thing as an "ex-con", lol. I had never been arrested in my life until I was 36 years old. It seems like many folks on here are simply tossing around their opinions. These are the restrictions and procedures that I know of and they are strait from the horses mouth, my probation officer.
As a federally convicted felon you are restricted to no travel outside of your district for the first six months. Once you have made it past the six month mark, you do not need any permission to move about the U.S. If you desire to travel outside of the U.S for travel you must petition the federal judge that did your original sentencing.
Now as far as a passport well I had to surrender my passport to the U.S. Marshal's when I had posted bond at my bond hearing, they gave me 24 hours to do so. When I was released from prison, I simply went to the U.S. Marshal office where I had surrendered the passport and they simply gave it right back to me.
Some of you people on here seem to really have some bitter stigma towards felons. Maybe like myself, you really had no idea of what the federal government is charging tax paying, business owning, U.S. Citizens with now a days. Maybe you do not realize what the true definition of "conspiracy" really does entail. It is actually quite scary to say the least.
So, with that said, I will see you folks in southern France next winter where I have always liked to spend my hard earned U.S. Dollars on vacation!