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Proof of Citizenship

by Yvette
(Carmichael, CA)

Question: I am a U.S. citizen born in Okinawa, Japan on a military base. I have been issued several passports over the years, however, my most recent passport, issued in 1991, has been lost.

I do have an old passport from when I was a child. May I use this old passport for proof of citizenship or do I need a copy of my birth certificate, and my citizenship papers I received as a child born to U.S. citizens in a foreign country?

Thank you so much.

Answer: According to the Department of State, a previously issued, undamaged U.S. Passport serves as evidence of United States citizenship. Note, however, we have received messages from American citizens claiming that agents at application acceptance facilities would not accept passports as proof of citizenship in certain situations.

In conclusion, the passport should be accepted as long as it is not damaged but there is no guarantee that it will be.

If you decide to present a Certificate of Citizenship, it must be either an original or a certified copy. Photocopies are not acceptable.

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lost naturalization certificate and Social Security card
by: Anonymous

Question: When applying for a replacement passport, can my proof of citizenship include my foreign born birth certificate and my mother's U.S.A passport?

Answer: Those documents are not acceptable as evidence of U.S. citizenship. You have two choices. One, you can apply for a replacement of your Naturalization Certificate. The fee is $345.

If you choose this option, you have to wait until your Certificate of Naturalization arrives before you can apply for your passport.

Two, you can submit a written request for File Search to verify a previous U.S. Passport together with your application and supporting document. The file search fee is $150.

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