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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.

Primary 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.

This article contains general legal information and does not contain legal advice. Rocket Lawyer is not a law firm or a substitute for an attorney or law firm. The law is complex and changes often. For legal advice, please ask a lawyer.


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