To prove your U.S. citizenship, you must submit a certified birth certificate.
Official copies contain a raised or color seal from the issuing authority (either the town, city, county or state governmental office issuing the document).
The birth certificate must include your given name and surname, date and place of birth, parents names, date the birth record was filed (must be within 1 year), registrar's signature, and seal or other certification of the official authority.
Photocopied birth certificates, even when notarized, are UNACCEPTABLE.
Hospital birth certificates or birth records are UNACCEPTABLE.
Applicants born in California or Texas MUST submit a Long Form Birth Certificate; short forms or abstract birth certificates are UNACCEPTABLE.
All official copies of documents are returned with the new passport.
If you don't have a copy of your birth certificate, then contact VitalChek for options on getting your birth certificate quickly.
If no birth record exists, please contact us at 718-387-5441 for information on alternate forms of citizenship.