All first time applicants and those renewing a passport in person must complete form DS-11 using black ink only.
Please note: The U.S. Department of State requires that all passport forms must be printed in full size on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper without any information being cut off. Otherwise, a new form will have to be completed.
The U.S. Department of State requires that the full names of the applicant’s parents are listed on all original and certified copies of birth certificates in order to to be considered as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship, regardless of age. You may obtain a new birth certificate from www.vitalchek.com or by contacting the municipality or state where it was originally issued.
Please note: Birth certificates issued by the Secaucus, Jersey City or Hudson County Vital Statistics Departments are not acceptable. You may contact the New Jersey Department of Health for a new one.
In addition, birth certificates must also include the following information to be considered acceptable primary evidence of citizenship:
- Full name of the applicant
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Full names of applicant’s parents
- 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 of the date of birth)
If you have a birth certificate that does not meet these requirements, you must obtain a new one or you will be required to submit 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 more than one form of secondary evidence of U.S. citizenship. Acceptable secondary evidence includes: delayed birth certificates, Letters of No Record, early public or private records and Birth Affidavits.
If you were born in the United States and cannot present primary evidence of U.S. citizenship, you may submit a combination of early public and/or private records as evidence of your U.S. citizenship. Early records must be submitted with a birth record or Letter of No Record. Early records should show your name, date of birth, place of birth, and preferably be created within the first five years of your life. They are not acceptable when presented alone. Examples of early public records are:
- Baptism certificate
- Hospital birth certificate
- U.S. Census record
- Early school records
- Family Bible records
- Doctor’s records of post-natal care