Passport applications have new requirement as of April 1, 2011. As a security measure, the US State Department has implemented new criteria for passport applications. Birth certificates need to include the full names of the passport applicant’s parent(s). Birth certificates that do not comply with the new passport regulation will be unacceptable as evidence of US citizenship.
The new regulation is in line with efforts to make the US passport the most secure passport in the world. Passport applications that were submitted prior to April 1, 2011 are not affected by the new birth certificate requirement. Passport applications that are already in-progress will not be subject to the new changes.
In all, certified copies of birth certificates that are to be considered as primary evidence of US citizenship towards getting a US passport must contain the full name of the passport applicant, passport applicant’s date of birth and place of birth, an original birth certificate seal, the registrant’s signature and the date the birth certificate was filed.
In the event that your birth certificate does not meet the new requirements, that does not mean that you will be unable to get a passport. You will need to provide secondary proof of citizenship. Forms of identification that may be used to assist in proving citizenship en route to obtaining a US passport include baptismal certificate, census record, early school record, family bible record or doctor’s record of post-natal care. The documents listed above will not be accepted if presented by themselves.
Contrary to some passport applicants think, voter registration cards, military discharge documents and social security cards are not acceptable forms of proof of citizenship for the purposes of obtaining a passport.
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