Regarding my supporting documents, what do I need?

Passport Frequently Asked Questions and AnswersQuestion:  Some time ago I applied at my local passport office for a passport. Regarding my supporting documents, I supplied a photocopy of my birth certificate, a copy of my license and a copy of my social security card. I am now being asked for original or certified versions of these documents. So, I research various sites and what I thought was valid IDs are not and now I am more confused than ever since it clearly says that a social security card is not proof enough. What’s going on and what should I send in?

Answer:  First let’s clear up the confusion regarding the use of a social security card. A social security card is a secondary identification document. Alone it is not sufficient proof of citizenship. Hence. they are valid as additional forms of ID since the application requires several documents.

Here is a list of the documents you should submit:

  • Certified U.S. birth certificate issued by the city, county, and state of your birth containing your name, date of birth and place of birth. It should also contain your parent’s full names. This document must the registrar signature and the official emboss or impression and or the localities seal color.
  • Present identification such as a state driver’s license.
  • You may also show secondary identification such as your social security card.
  • You should have copies of your passport photos.

Please note people who are minors under the age of 17 or naturalized citizens are required to have additional information.

See Minors

See Naturalized Citizens

Please be sure to have original documents as photocopies, even if they are notarized, are insufficient.  

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