How Do I Obtain Certified True Copies of
a Certificate of Naturalization?
When a naturalized US citizen
needs to have a Certificate of Naturalization “authenticated” by the U.S. State
Department for use by Foreign Governments/Embassies, USCIS can copy the
document and certify it as a true copy. “Authentication” is a term used by the
U.S. Department of State and other Governments to describe what USCIS refers to
as Certified True Copies. When you require a Certificate of Naturalization to
be authenticated, be sure to use the term "Certified True Copy."
If you have the original
document to be certified, you must make an appointment with your local USCIS office
by using the InfoPass Appointment Scheduler on our
website. When you go to your appointment, be sure to bring your original
naturalization certificate and a copy of it. Also bring another form of photo
identification, such as a drivers license or passport.
A USCIS officer will review the documents and may certify the copy, if the
officer can confirm your identity and status as a naturalized citizen.
The U.S. Department of
Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will provide Certified
True Copies and return these along with the supplied documentation to the
requester. USCIS cannot act as an agent of the U.S. Department of State by
accepting fees on behalf of other government agencies, or forwarding
documentation to any other government agency. All documentation coming from a
requester, along with any documentation supplied by the Department of Homeland
Security, will be returned to the requester.
To obtain the services of the
U.S. Department of State, Authentication Office, you should use one of the
United States Department of State,
518 23rd Street, NW
Sa-1 Columbia Plaza
Washington, DC 20520