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Passport Requirements

Citizenship Evidence

When applying on Form DS-11, you must submit either:

  • One document from the primary list below, or
  • A combination of documents from the secondary list below.

We only accept original or certified copies.
We only accept original or certified copies.

We will not accept photocopies or notarized copies of citizenship evidence.

  • certified copy is any document that has the seal or stamp of the official issuing authority (acceptable).
  • notarized copy is any document that has the seal or stamp of a notary public (not acceptable).

Primary (submit one)

Born in the United States?

  • Fully-valid, undamaged U.S. passport (can be expired)
  • U.S. birth certificate that meets the following requirements:
    • Issued by the city, county, or state of birth
    • Lists applicant’s full name, date of birth, and place of birth
    • Lists parent(s)’ full names
    • Has the signature of the city, county, or state registrar
    • Has the date filed with registrar's office (must be within one year of birth)
    • Has the seal of issuing authority

Born outside the United States?

Secondary (must submit more than one)

Born in the United States?

  • Delayed birth certificate (filed more than one year after your birth)
    • It must include the following:
      • List the documentation used to create it (preferably early public records - see below)
      • Signature of the birth attendant or an affidavit signed by the parent(s)
    • If your delayed U.S. birth certificate does not include these items, it should be submitted with early public records (see below).
  • Letter of No Record
    • If a U.S. birth certificate is not on file for you in the state you were born, you will receive a Letter of No Record from the registrar instead of a birth certificate. It must meet the following requirements:
      • Issued by the state
      • Have applicant’s name and date of birth
      • List the years for which a birth record was searched
      • Include a statement that no birth certificate was found on file
    • When submitting a Letter of No Record, you must also submit at least two early public documents or one early public document and one early private document with Form DS-10 (see below).
  • Early public or private documents
    • Early public or private documents are documents that were created and/or issued early in the applicant’s life, preferably in the first five years.
    • Public records should include the applicant’s name, date of birth, and place of birth. Examples include:
      • Baptism certificate
      • Hospital birth certificate (often shows baby’s footprints)
      • U.S. Census record
      • Early school records
      • Family Bible record
      • Doctor's records of post-natal care
  • Form DS-10, Birth Affidavit
    • Should be completed by an older blood relative or attending physician

Born Outside the United States?

Please note:
Please note:
  • Foreign language documents should be include a professional English translation. The translator must provide a notarized statement of the accuracy of the translation and self-certification of their ability to translate.
  • You may be asked for additional documentation by the passport agency, if needed.
  • Your document(s) will be returned to you separately from your new passport.

U.S. Citizenship at Birth

If you were born outside the United States and acquired U.S. citizenship through your U.S. citizen parent(s), please submit the following with your passport application:

  • Your foreign birth certificate listing your parent(s)
  • Your parent(s)’ evidence of U.S. citizenship
  • Your parents' marriage certificate, if applicable
  • A statement from your U.S. citizen parent(s) detailing all periods and places of their residence or physical presence in the United States and abroad before your birth.

Please see U.S. Citizenship Laws & Policy for more information.

U.S. Citizenship through Naturalization of a Parent

If you were born outside the United States and acquired U.S. citizenship through the naturalization of your parent(s), please submit the following with your passport application:

  • Your foreign birth certificate listing your parent(s)
  • Your parent(s)’ naturalization certificate
  • Evidence of your permanent residence status. Examples include:
    • Permanent Resident Card/Green Card
    • Foreign passport with the original I-551 visa entry stamp
  • Your parents' marriage certificate (if your parents were married when you legally entered the U.S. and before your 18th birthday) 
  • Documentation of legal custody (if your parents were not married when you legally entered the U.S.)
  • Evidence of your legitimation (if your parents were not married at the time of your birth). Examples include:
    • Your parents' marriage certificate dated after your birth
    • Certified court order of legitimation 

Please see U.S. Citizenship Laws & Policy for more information.

U.S. Citizenship through Adoption

If you were born outside the United States and acquired citizenship through adoption by a U.S. citizen parent while under the age of 16, please submit the following:

  • Citizenship evidence of your U.S. citizen parent
  • Your full and final adoption decree
  • Evidence of lawful entry for permanent residence (Examples: Child’s foreign passport containing an ADIT stamp or Form I-94 with the ADIT stamp and picture)

Please see Child Citizenship Act of 2000 for more information.
 

Request a File Search

You may request a File Search instead of submitting evidence of U.S. Citizenship if:

  • You have been issued a U.S. passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad in the past and
  • You can't submit it with your application

The File Search fee is $150 and charged in addition to the normal application fees, payable to the Department of State. Please fill out Request for a File Search and include it with your application.