How do I renew an expired passport if I lost my naturaliazation papers?
Question: I lost my expired passport (expired 2009), don't have my naturalization papers (born in Cuba), and need to have a passport in the next 3 months. I have a copy of my last passport (but that doesn't seem to help), social security card and am married to an American citizen.
What is my best option? Isn't there another way of proving my citizenship? I heard that it could take up to a year to receive another copy of my naturalization papers. Since I went through the process already, isn't there a way to tap into my last application? Help! There must be an easier way.Answer:
Since your passport has been lost, you must appear at a Miami application acceptance facility
in order to apply for a new passport
One of the required supporting documents is evidence of United States citizenship. Since you lost your naturalization papers, you have two options. One, apply for a copy of your naturalization certificate.
To apply to replace your Naturalization Certificate or Certificate of Citizenship issued by USCIS or by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, file a Form N-565 Application for Replacement Naturalization Citizenship Document
. Currently, the fee is $345.
An alternative is to submit a written request for a file search at the time you apply for a new passport. Passport Services will locate records of documents previously submitted as evidence of citizenship. There is an additional fee of $150 for a record search
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