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The birthdate on my passport and license do not match

by Lucy
(Pompton Plains, NJ)

Question: My name is Lucy. I'm a foreigner who became an American. My passport says 1955 which is the correct date but my license and social security card say 1960, the wrong date. How do I start to correct it?


A few years back, I went renew my license and had to show the passport. I was sure they were going to correct it, but they gave me a license and never mentioned it; the same thing happened this year. As my retirement is approaching, I want to correct it. What do I do? Thank you.

Answer: Since your passport is correct, you do not need to do anything with it. If your birth date is incorrect on your driver's license and Social Security card, then you need to submit requests for corrections to these documents.

The SS office that serves your area is:

SOCIAL SECURITY
2ND Floor
2200 State Rt 10
Parsippany, NJ 07054
1-800-772-1213

The MVC that serves Morris County is listed below.

Morristown
101 Ridgedale Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
1-888-486-3339

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Wrong birthdate on passport
by: Kristine

Question: Right before Covid hit, my family applied for passports to take a vacation. The trip was postponed for 1-1/2 years. We just discovered his birth month and year were correct but the day was the 18th and should have been the 16th. He is 16 and has a valid driver's license with the correct date and we have his birth certificate. We are leaving in a month and I am wondering if we can still travel or if I need to have this fixed before we leave? Will this cause a big problem?

Answer: You may travel with the error on the birth date. It will not be an issue.

wrong birthdate on passport
by: AK

Question: I was born in China in 1952 but I do not have a birth certificate. My parents made a notarized document for my birthdate according to Chinese Calendar day and one year younger. Therefore, the birthdate on my citizenship is according to that notarized paper.

But I have been using my right birthdate on my Social Security and Driver License since I came to the USA in the '70s. Can I change my passport to my real birthday? please advise. Thank you.

Answer: In order to have identifying information changed your passport, you need to provide legal documents bearing said information. Since you do not have a birth certificate and your citizenship document has the "wrong" birthdate, you will have a hard time proving that the other date is the "right" one, even if your IDs have it. It is also best that your passport match your citizenship evidence.

Change DOB on my license
by: Samuel zazuetaAnonymous

Question: My driver's license says 1964 and my passport says 1965. Need to change my license.

Answer: You need to present proof of the correct data, usually your birth certificate, to the DMV.

Mismatch birth date
by: Anonymous

Question: Hi,
My mom's foreign passport date of birth does not match her current permanent resident id ( green card) and she does not have her birth certificate from the foreign country. What shall I do? All of her information in the U.S is with her permanent resident ID date of birth. How can we fix her foreign passport?

Answer: You need to contact the embassy of her home country regarding the change.

Mismatched birth date
by: Anonymous

Question: My mother was born in West Indies and was naturalized in the 60s in the Virgin Islands. When my mother moved to the States, I realized then that her foreign birth certificate and naturalization dates are different (BC says the 28th and Naturalization says the 20th). I left it alone then because I was afraid of the anti-immigrant climate we now live in. Now because of REAL ID requirements, it's coming up again. Social Security has the right date (same as the foreign birth certificate), but the passport and naturalization document (and hence the drivers license) has the incorrect date. I don't know how to fix this without possibly creating an immigration issue for my mother. She's been a citizen since her early 20s and she's now in her 80s. I'm not sure what to do.

Answer: The citizenship is most important. Please contact the USCIS regarding this.

Naturalization date of birth correct
by: Anonymous

Question: My citizenship naturalization date of birth is correct, my birth certificate from Mexico is the same as my citizenship documents. My driver's license and SS aren’t. I just found out when applying for a passport. What can I do? I did contact Immigration travel, she suggested I change my drivers license and ssi with correct information.

Answer: The advice was sound. You need to have the documents with the wrong data corrected.

Certificate of Birth
by: Ms. Ann

Question: I have a very unusual situation. My mother was 15 when I was born. When she turned 18 she went to the Dept of Health to apply for a birth certificate for me. What she received was a Certificate of Birth that states it was copied from the original birth record and list the birth certificate number. I have used this document since birth and am now 56 years old. It got me through school, marriage and children. But it stopped at the passport office. They accepted it but then sent a letter saying this is not your birth certificate please submit it. I requested it. Got it in the mail and it had a different date than what I thought was my birth date (only one day off). My ID and legal docs, job, social security admin credit cards, bank, insurances, have the wrong date but if I submit my original BC it has a different date from my passport application and ID. What do I do? Where do I begin? I need a passport for a trip.

Answer: Hello, Ms. Ann. Please contact the NPIC at 1-877-487-2778 to speak to a customer service representative regarding your concern.

Birth date not matching
by: Anonymous

Question: I tried to get a real ID but DMV says their system shows my birthday doesn’t match the passport but the birthday on my passport is identical to my driver license. I don’t have my birth certificate or citizenship naturalization document anymore since my Mom passed away many years ago. What do I do?

Answer: You may request for a copy of your naturalization certificate from the USCIS.

Incorrect birth date
by: Anonymous

Question: The birth date on my passport is incorrect (wrong month) and doesn’t match my license. I’m a US citizen. Can I still fly internationally?

Answer: Yes, you can. However, it is recommended that you have the error corrected. Corrections are processed as a free service.

Birthdate on birth certificate does not match legal documents
by: Anonymous

Question: I was born in Puerto Rico and raised in the US since I was a toddler. My Puerto Rico birth certificate has a wrong birth date of March 20. I was born on March 14. My late parents never corrected the birth date on my birth certificate. I was not aware of this discrepancy until I obtained my PR birth certificate. We have used March 14 on all my legal documents, i.e., social security, school records, medical records, life insurance, driver's license, etc. I have called, left messages, and emailed the Department of Health Demographic Registry in Puerto Rico, but they have not responded to my inquiries. Could I obtain a US passport with birth dates that don't match on my PR birth certificate and my driver's license?

Answer: It may be possible but questions will certainly arise. Please contact passport services at 1-877-487-2778.

The birthdate on my passport and license do not match
by: Anonymous

Question: My name is Todd. I have a complicated situation. My passport and Citizenship stated I was born year "1953". My Texas driver license and Social Security stated "1955". I am applying for Social Security benefits, they asked for my birth certificate, of which I don't have. My parents lost all documents when we moved back from overseas. I am American adopted born in Vietnam. When we came back from overseas, my parents enrolled me in school, at the time they question my actual birth year due to my growth. Therefore, they change my birth year to "1955" I have used that year all my career life. Please advise next steps. Thank You!!

Answer: Hello, Todd. We removed your last name and contact information for security purposes. Your issue is best addressed by the Social Security authorities since it's their benefits you are looking to claim.

If you have any passport-specific questions, we'll be happy to answer them.

wrong date of birth
by: Anonymous

Question: I was naturalized in 1990 but my date of birth was incorrect. It is listed as 2/03/69 but the actual date is 2/13/69. My SS card and driver's license has on record 2/13/69. But my certificate of naturalization and passport has 2/03/69. I don't have any birth certificates or old green card to prove otherwise. What do I need to do?

Question: Contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services about correcting your Certificate of Naturalization. Once it is corrected, you can apply for a passport correction.

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