Proof of U.S. Citizenship
The following are accepted proof of U.S. Citizenship.
1 Original Naturalization Certificate
2 Original Previously Issued Passport
(With A Raised Seal)
3 Original or Certified state issued Birth Certificate
- To obtain a certified copy of your birth certificate contact the office of vital records where you were born.
- If you live in California or Texas you must provide the "long form birth certificate".
- To Obtain an official, certified birth certificates online - quickly and securely, RushMyPassport recommends VitalChek.com.
4 File Search
If have been issued a passport and no longer have the passport in your possession, you may request a file search with the U.S. Passport Agency. To do so you must.
- Include a written request for a file search with the other required documents.
- Include an additional personal check or money order made payable to the U.S. Department of State for $150
Note: File search fees are in addition to the standard government processing fees. A file search may take an additional 5 days to process.
5 Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form-FS 240) or Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350)
If you were born abroad to one or more U.S. citizens, your parents should have registered your birth at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and received a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) or Certification of Report of Birth (Form DS-1350).
To obtain a replacement for a lost or mutilated document, please submit a notarized written request including the original FS-240 or a notarized affidavit concerning the loss of the FS-240 and a $30 fee, payable to the "Department of State." Mail it to the address below. The affidavit must contain the: 1) name, (2) date, and (3) place of birth of the subject; (4) a statement regarding the whereabouts of the original FS-240; and (5) be signed by the subject, parent, or legal representative.
The DS-1350 or a replacement FS-240 can be obtained by writing to:
Vital Records Section
1111 19th Street, NW, Suite 510
Washington, D.C. 20522-1705
A written request must be notarized and must include a copy of valid photo identification of the requester. The written request must include:
- Full name of child at birth (plus any adoptive names)
- Date and place of birth
- Full names of parents
- Serial number, if known, of the FS-240 (on those issued after November 1, 1990)
- Any available passport information
- Signature of requester
- Notarized affidavit for a replacement FS-240 (if applicable)
Note: For Panama Canal Zone (PCZ) birth certificates, just include items (1) through (3). The fee for an FS-240 is $30.
Note: Fees for DS-1350 and PCZ certificates are $30 for the first copy, $20 each additional copy.