Last year I've applied for an ESTA, on the 7th of September 2015 (Orlando). I was under the impression that I had to apply for an ESTA every year. Fortunately my application from September 2015 is still valid (until September 2017). Unfortunately I unnecessarily applied for a new one on the 14th of October (New York), thus unnecessarily paying for a new application.

Unfortunately I can not seem to find the application from September 2015. I was hoping to find out how to withdraw the application from 14th of October and adjust the details (address/destination) and get my money back from the second (unnecessary) application.

Does anyone know what I need to/can do?

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    Continuing our discussion from the other question...Was your new application from the 14th approved? Are you sure you got the second ESTA from the official site (esta.cbp.dhs.gov)? There are a number of imposter sites out there. If you paid more than $14, you weren't dealing with the official site. Commented Oct 18, 2016 at 20:50
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    "It states that my ESTA is valid until 27 of august 2017": does your passport by any chance expire on 27 August 2017?
    – phoog
    Commented Oct 18, 2016 at 21:16
  • Hi Phoog, thank you for your reply. AHA moment! you are correct, my passport expires on the 27th of august 2017. I feel so stupid.. And I unnecessarily applied for a new ESTA, thus paid too much, and did not connect the dots with regards to the expiration date of my passport... thank you guys!!!
    – user52641
    Commented Oct 19, 2016 at 7:20
  • if you paid more than 14$ you got scammed, thanks to payment protection laws (spain/europe) the same happened to me but my bank returned me the money and told "their" bank to return them the cash, which they did. bet they aren't happy about it.
    – CptEric
    Commented Oct 20, 2016 at 6:35

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No, you can't get a refund. The ESTA website does mention the possibility of a partial refund in case your application is refused, but nothing about being able to refund a successful application.

I presume $14 isn't a lot of money in the grand scheme of things, so I wouldn't pursue it farther.

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