Who is eligible to apply for replacement naturalization or citizenship document?

There are three types of certificates that acknowledge your citizenship in the United States. More specifically, you may possess one of the following documents: Certificate of Naturalization, Certificate of Citizenship, or Certificate of Repatriation.

When can you apply for a replacement of your certificate? There are basically two grounds for requesting a new certificate of citizenship, naturalization, or repatriation:

  • Your certificate was lost, damaged, or stolen.
  • Your name has changed or any other data was incorrectly stated on your certificate.

In both cases you need to make sure that you have enough evidence to prove that your request for a new certificate is valid.

For example, when your certificate is damaged, you should attach it to your application form. In case your certificate was lost, or you believe that it was stolen, you should apply a copy of the certificate to the application form (only if a copy is available). In addition, you should provide a copy of a police report stating that your certificate was lost or stolen.

In case your personal data is different after you received a certificate, you will need to provide a respective document to prove that change was legal. What kind of personal data may have changed? Typically, if an applicant’s name, date of birth, or gender was changed, they may apply for certificate replacement.

Note that USCIS will need one of the following documents from you to approve your request for new certificate:

  • Marriage certificate
  • Divorce or annulment decree
  • Court order
  • Medical certification
  • Any other document issued by the government

Without at least one of the documents, USCIS will refuse to issue a new certificate in your name.

There is one more ground under which you may be eligible to apply Form N-565. That is when you are located in another country, and you need a dedicated certificate of naturalization as a U.S. citizen to prove you are an American.

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