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New Requirement for U.S. Birth Certificates
Beginning April 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of State will require the full names of the applicant’s parent(s) to be listed on all certified birth certificates to be considered as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship for all passport applicants, regardless of age. Certified birth certificates missing this information will not be acceptable as evidence of citizenship. This will not affect applications already in-process that have been submitted or accepted before the effective date.
In addition to this requirement, certified copies of birth certificates must also include the following information to be considered acceptable primary evidence of U.S. citizenship:
- Full name of the applicant
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal of issuing authority
- Registrar’s signature
- The date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office (must be within one year)
If you have a birth certificate that does not meet these requirements, please see Secondary Evidence of U.S. Citizenship.
Secondary Evidence of U.S. Citizenship
If you cannot present primary evidence of U.S. citizenship, you must submit secondary evidence of U.S. citizenship.
Determine what form of secondary evidence is most appropriate for your situation based on the descriptions below.
Early Public Records
If you were born in the United States and cannot present primary evidence of U.S. citizenship, submit a combination of early public records as evidence of your U.S. citizenship.
Early public records must be submitted with a birth record or Letter of No Record.
Early public records should show your name, date of birth, place of birth, and preferably be created within the first five years of your life.
Examples of early public records are:
- Baptismal certificate
- Hospital birth certificate
- Census record
- Early school record
- Family bible record
- Doctor's record of post-natal care
Early Public Records are not acceptable when presented alone.
- Passport Books
- Passport Cards
- Trade Name Certificates
- Notary Oaths
- Veteran's Services (Including ID Cards, Vending Licenses and recording of DD-214/Honorable Discharges)
For More Information Please Call
Gloucester County Clerk’s Office
Gloucester County Store