How to Apply for Proof of U.S citizenship

US Citizenship

The following documents serve as proof of U.S. citizenship:

  • Certified U.S. Birth Certificate
  • Report of Birth Abroad
  • Certificate of Citizenship
  • U.S. Passport

Steps to Get Proof of US Citizenship

Steps to get a Certified U.S. Birth Certificate:

Only persons born in the U.S. can get a U.S. birth certificate. Generally, birth certificates are issued at the hospital where the child is born. If the child is not born in a hospital, the parent(s) may request a certified birth certificate from the state where the child was born.

Steps to get a Report of Birth Abroad:

If a child is born to U.S. citizen parent(s) outside of the U.S., the parent(s) can file for a Report of Birth Abroad. The child must be under 18 years of age.

1Submit Form FS-240, Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America, to the nearest U.S. consulate to register the birth and receive proof of citizenship.

2Receive a Certificate of Report of Birth, Form DS-1350, which will act as proof of citizenship for the child.

Steps to get a Certificate of Citizenship:

To apply for a Certificate of Citizenship, the U.S. citizen must (one of the following):

  • Have been born outside the U.S. to U.S. citizen parents
  • Have been automatically granted citizenship before the age of 18

To apply, file Form N-600 with the USCIS and receive a Certificate of Citizenship in the mail.

Steps to Apply for a U.S. Passport:

1Complete U.S. Department of State Form DS-11.

2Have citizenship verified at a designated Passport Acceptance Facility or an official Passport Agency.

3Submit your application to the National Passport Center.

4Receive your passport in the mail.

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