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Do I apply as a first-time applicant if my passport was issued and last used as a minor and my name has changed since?

by Christy
(Olathe, KS, USA)

Question: I was naturalized at the age of 9 when my parents were naturalized (country of origin - Korea). I'm not exactly sure when my passport was issued but it was before or around that time. I traveled one time when I was 13 or 14 to Korea, and my passport has since expired. I am now 32 years old and my name has changed. And though I know my passport is in one of the many boxes in my home, I can't seem to find it.

With the above history, is it best to apply for a passport as a first-time applicant? Would I just submit my naturalization certificate since I cannot locate my childhood passport at this time? I realize that there is an application for lost passports and one for name changes. I am just unsure how to approach obtaining a new passport with so many different forms. Thanks.

Answer: Since your passport was issued to you when you were a minor, you must apply as a first-time applicant. You need to submit your Naturalization Certificate as evidence of U.S. citizenship as well as the document that proves your legal name change. For a complete list of requirements, click the link below.

New Passport Requirements

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Thanks, William
by: Christy


If my new name is on my state Driver's License, do I still need to use my naturalization certificate?


Yes, a driver's license is not acceptable as evidence of citizenship.

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