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How much cash can i take out of the USA?

By The Law Office of Brett V. Beaubien

December 11, 2023

How much cash can i take out of the USA?

Are you traveling with more than $10,000 in cash? Traveling with large amounts of cash can be a red flag, alerting authorities to possible laundering and other legal issues. It is difficult to put an estimated limit on how much you are “allowed” to take out of the USA because it’s often determined by your destination and this country has many trading partners. You will need to be careful about taking money out of the country because there are sometimes suspected illicit activities associated with it. The wrong decision about transporting money can lead to the necessity of hiring a criminal defense lawyer from Rhode Island.


You should always consider how much cash you are going to be taking out of the country with you before you go. If you bring more than $10,000 — or the equivalent — out of the U.S., and don’t properly declare it, you can have the money seized by border control. There may also be criminal charges to answer to if the police believe that the money has come from some form of illegal activity. In the most serious cases, fines can run right up to $500,000, and prison terms can be as long as 10 years. It’s definitely not worth risking getting it wrong. Make sure all your paperwork is up to date, and properly prepared and presented at the border.

It’s really important to note that the $10,000 limit applies whether you’re traveling as an individual or a group. You can’t simply ‘split’ the allowance between yourself and others in your party to allow you to get more cash through the border. Whether you’re traveling alone, with family or friends, the total amount that can leave the USA without having to complete the declaration form remains $10,000.

The Money Is Yours. Up to a Point.

If your money has been seized by the government, you are going to need experienced legal help if there is any chance of recovery. Most of the money seized by a civil asset-forfeiture process returns to the law-enforcement agencies that seized it, providing funds for a variety of law-enforcement needs and desires, including exercise equipment, squad cars, jails, military equipment, and even recreational devices for government staff.

Get in touch with our cash and asset seizure attorney today to protect your rights and start the process to keep what is rightfully yours.

Also, If you have concerns about how much money you can take out of the USA, it would be wise to seek out preventive legal advice before you do so. 

Attorney Brett V. Beaubien Can Help You Recover Seized Money

If your money has been seized, time is of the essence. You can contest the legality of the seizure by filing a verified claim demanding court action, including the preservation of any video surveillance evidence from the airport authorities before it can be destroyed. After your money is seized, the federal agency that confiscated the cash will send you a letter with the “notice of the seizure” within 60 days. Don’t wait for that letter to take action. Act immediately. Hire Brett V. Beaubien to file your verified claim demanding the return of the money. By filing a claim on the same day as the seizure (or shortly thereafter), he can help you to expedite the process. Mr. Beaubien can also obtain a court order to compel the airport authorities to turn over the video even if TSA objects.

Categories: Rhode Island Laws

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