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Do I have the necessary documents to renew passport for my foreign-born adopted child?

by Alicia
(New Orleans, LA.)

Question: My husband and I are both U.S.-born citizens. We adopted our son from Russia in 2003. He is now 9 years old. He has a U.S. passport which expired on 3 years ago. We do not have his Certificate of Citizenship. We do have his Russian birth certificate with a translation, listing us as the parents. We also have the Russian adoption certificate with the translation. Is this adequate to renew his passport?


Answer: A previously-issued passport can be submitted as evidence of U.S. citizenship. You also must submit a document which established your relationship with your son. An adoption decree with the adopting parents names on it is acceptable. A foreign document is acceptable with the passport application as long as it is accompanied by a translation. Click the link below for a list of locations where you can apply.

Other required documents include a photocopy of parent's identification documents and a recent passport photo.

New Orleans Passport Offices

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