Evidence of U.S. citizenship also must be submitted along with your application. The following are some examples of both primary and secondary proof of citizenship.
Primary evidence of citizenship:
- Previously issued, undamaged, U.S. Passport
- Certified Birth Certificate issued by the city, county, or state
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad or Certification of Birth
- Naturalization Certificate
- Certificate of Citizenship
If you cannot provide primary evidence, you must provide secondary evidence of citizenship:
- Baptismal certificate
- Hospital Birth Certificate
- Census record
- Early school record
- Family bible record
- Doctor’s record of post-natal care
When you apply for a U.S. passport in person, you must also present one form of acceptable identification. The following are examples of primary and secondary identification.
- Previously issued, undamaged U.S. passport
- Naturalization certificate
- Valid driver’s license
- Current government identification
- Current military identification
If you cannot provide primary identification, then you must provide secondary identification:
- A combination of documents such as: Social Security Card + credit card + employee ID + library card
- A witness that must be present at the time of application + known you for 2 years + be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident + have a valid ID + have Form DS-71 Affidavit of Identifying Witness filled out in the presence of a Passport Agent
You must present a photocopy of each identification document in addition to the original document. Photocopies must be on plain white, 8 ½ by 11” standard paper, with the front and back of the identification document visible. Each photocopy must contain images on only one side of the paper; you may present multiple separate pages.
Finally, you must pay the application fee and provide a photo that will appear on your passport.
Minors age 16 and under have slightly different requirements. See " How to Apply for a Minor's U.S. Passport” for more information.
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