Evidence of US Citizenship

Evidence of US Citizenship

When applying for a US passport in person, evidence of US citizenship must be submitted with Form DS-11. All documentation submitted as citizenship evidence will be returned to you.

Primary Evidence of U.S. Citizenship (One of the following):

– Previously issued, undamaged US Passport
– Certified birth certificate issued by the city, county or state*
Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
– Naturalization Certificate
– Certificate of Citizenship

*A certified birth certificate has a registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office, which must be within 1 year of your birth. Please note, some short (abstract) versions of birth certificates may not be acceptable for passport purposes.

Beginning April 1, 2011, all birth certificates must also include the full names of the applicant’s parent(s). For more information, please see New Requirement for all U.S. Birth Certificates.

NOTE: If you do not have primary evidence of US citizenship or your US birth certificate does not meet the requirements, please see Secondary Evidence of US Citizenship.

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