CERTIFICATE OF CITIZENSHIP ISSUED BY THE IMMIGRATION AND NATURALIZATION SERVICE
A person who acquired citizenship
of the United States through birth abroad to a U.S. citizen parent(s)
or who acquired U.S. citizenship by derivative naturalization, may
apply for a Certificate of Citizenship under the provisions of
Section 341 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. Application for
this document may be made in the United States to the nearest office
of the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Upon approval, a
Certificate of Citizenship will be issued in the name of the
subject, but only if that person is in the United States. Obtaining
this certificate involves presentation of basically the same
documentation required to obtain a Consular Report of Birth. Under
law, the Consular Report of Birth and the Certificate of Citizenship
are equally acceptable as proof of citizenship.
What do I do if I have
lost my Certificate of Naturalization? What do I use as proof of
citizenship if I do not have my certificate?
You may get a new Certificate of
Naturalization by submitting an "Application for Replacement
Naturalization/Citizenship Document" (Form N-565) to INS. You may
download a Form N-565 by clicking here or by calling the INS Forms Line (1 800-870-3676).
After you have contacted the INS
you will need to obtain
Obtain a receipt from INS showing
that you've applied for a new copy of the papers.
Obtain a "Letter of Verification"
of citizenship from INS showing your citizenship.
Prepare a signed letter explaining
why you cannot present your naturalization papers.
Submit the INS receipt, Letter of
Verification and letter explaining your missing naturalization
papers when having your application authorized by a Passport
Acceptance Facility (as explained in our instructions).
The Passport Agency will issue a
1-year limited validity passport. Your passport can be extended to
its full 10-year term once the new Naturalization papers can be
presented to the passport agency.