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How Do I Obtain a“Certified True Copy” of a Certificate of Naturalization?

Updated: Jan 31, 2023

If you are required to provide the apostille of your Certificate of Naturalization to let it be recognized by foreign agencies outside of the U.S., the first step is to obtain a certified true copy of your Certificate of Naturalization from the USCIS.

In order to certify a copy of the certificate, you must make an appointment with your local USCIS office and bring both your original document and your photocopy. USCIS does not authenticate or certify copies as true through the mail or electronically. Please call their Contact Center at 800-375-5283 to request an appointment.

When you go to your appointment, be sure to bring:

  • Your original Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship

  • A photocopy of the certificate

  • A form of photo identification, such as a state-issued driver’s license, a state identification card, or a passport.

Note: If you are a family member requesting a Certified True Copy for a deceased U.S. citizen, you must also provide evidence of your relationship to the decedent (such as a birth certificate, marriage certificate, death certificate, or other documentation showing your relationship).

More details can be found on the USCIS website.

At your appointment, a designated USCIS employee will review your documents. The officer may certify the copy if they can confirm your identity and status as a U.S. citizen. Then USCIS will provide Certified True Copies and return these along with the supplied documentation to you. However, USCIS does not forward Certified True Copies to any other government agency on your behalf.

If your citizenship document was lost, stolen or damaged beyond repair, you may apply for a replacement or apply for a special certificate of naturalization as a U.S. citizen to be recognized by a foreign country.

So once you have the certified copy of your naturalization certificate, just mail it to us. We'll handle the apostille process for you. Depending on the destination country, you may need one of the services below.

The multi-step authentication or apostille process can be complicated, time-consuming, and distracting. At American Notary Service Inc., our experts provide you fair, fast, confidential, and professional service to save your time and money! Call us today for free consultation and evaluation at 1-202-599-0777.

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