U.S. Citizenship and U.S. National

Primary Evidence: The following evidence must be accepted as satisfactory documentary evidence of both identity and citizenship

  • A U.S. Passport
  • Report of birth abroad of U.S Citizen
  • A Certificate of Naturalization
  • A Certificate of U.S. Citizenship
  • A valid State-issued driver’s license, if the State issuing the license requires proof of U.S. citizenship or a social security number to issue a license. This is known as an enhanced driver’s license (Note: Rhode Island driver’s license does not fulfill this requirement). As of 2017 the only states offering these IDs are Michigan, New York, Vermont and Washington.
  • Documentary evidence issued by a federally recognized Indian Tribe

Secondary Evidence: Only if the above documents are not available, the applicant can provide two of the following as secondary evidence:

 

One of the following documents to show citizenship: PLUS One of these documents to prove identity:
A U.S. public birth certificate showing birth in one of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico (if born on or after January 13, 1941), Guam, the Virgin Islands of the U.S. (on or after January 17, 1917), American Samoa, Swain’s Island, or the Northern Mariana Islands (after November 4, 1986 (CNMI local time)). For individuals 16 years of age or older, any of the following Identity documents (described in 8 CFR 274a.2(b)(1)(v)(B)(1)):
At state option, a cross match with a State vital statistics agency documenting a record of birth. School identification card
Evidence of birth in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands or the Mariana Islands after they became part of the United States or an applicant’s statement that they were resident in one of these locations when they became part of the United States

At state option, a cross match with a State vital statistics agency documenting a record of birth

A driver’s license or identification card containing a photograph, issued by a state
A Certification of Report of Birth Voter’s registration card
A Report of Birth Abroad of a U.S. Citizen U.S. military card or draft record
A Certification of birth issued by the Department of State Identification card issued by the Federal, State or local government
A U.S. Citizen I.D. card Military dependent’s identification card
A Northern Mariana Identification Card (I-873) U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card
A final adoption decree showing the child’s name and U.S. place of birth For children under age 19, a clinic, doctor, hospital or school record, including preschool or day care records
Evidence of U.S. Civil Service employment before June 1, 1976 Two documents containing consistent information that corroborates an applicant’s identity. Such documents include, but are not limited to, employer identification cards, high school and college diplomas (including high school equivalency diplomas), marriage certificates, divorce decrees and property deeds or titles
U.S. Military Record showing a U.S. place of birth Finding of identity from a Federal or State governmental agency including, but not limited to, public assistance, law enforcement, internal revenue or tax bureau or tax bureau or corrections agency, if the agency has verified and certified the identity of the individual.
A data verification with the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Program for naturalized citizens A finding of identity from an Express Lane Agency
Documentary evidence of Child Citizenship Act status for adopted or biological children born outside the United States If the applicant does not have any of the above listed documents, the applicant may submit an affidavit signed, under penalty of perjury, by another person who can reasonably attest to the applicant’s identity
Medical records, including, but not limited to, hospital, clinic, or doctor records or admission papers from a nursing facility, skilled care facility, or other institution that indicate a U.S. place of birth
Official religious record recorded in the U.S. showing that the birth occurred in the U.S.
School records including pre-school, Head Start and daycare, showing the child’s name and U.S. place of birth
Federal or State census record showing U.S. citizenship or a U.S. place of birth
If the applicant does not have one of the documents listed above, he or she may submit an affidavit signed by another individual under penalty of perjury who can reasonably attest to the applicant’s citizenship and that contains the applicant’s name, date of birth and place of U.S. birth. The affidavit does not have to be notarized

A clinic, doctor, hospital, or school record, including preschool or day care records (for children under 19 years old)

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