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Claiming U.S. Citizenship

Claiming U.S. Citizenship

If you have been issued any of the following documents, you may immediately begin your application for your first U.S. passport. If you are no longer in possession of any of these documents, you must obtain a certified copy from the issuing authority.

Once you are in possession of one of the listed documents, please see our instructions for applying for your first U.S. passport. 

If you were born outside the United States, have not been previously documented as a U.S. citizen and are:

Dual Citizenship

  • In the 1980's, the Supreme Court ruled that U.S. citizenship is a constitutional right that cannot be taken away from a citizen who does not intend to relinquish it. Therefore, such actions as naturalization in a foreign country, travel on a foreign passport, employment with a foreign government, and voting in a foreign election do not automatically jeopardize American citizenship. However, please note that all U.S. citizens, even dual nationals, must enter and depart the United States on U.S. passports.