Usually, U.S. citizens are not required to carry with them certain proof of their citizenship at all time. Despite this, there are certain occasions when U.S citizens may be asked to give certain proof about their legal citizenship especially when dealing with different U.S government structures.
The first, best proof of your citizenship that you can show is the U.S. passport. People that are born within the U.S. borders can use their state-issued birth certificates. On the other hand, naturalized U.S citizens can use their naturalization certificates when in need to prove their citizenship.
Find below the documents that serve as proof of U.S. citizenship:
- A birth Certificate is issued to those born in the United States soil by the city, county or state of birth. This is the most important document that instantly shows that you are a natural-born U.S. citizen.
- You can also show a Naturalization Certificate. This document is immediately issued to all green card holders who gained citizenship in the country through the naturalization process.
- Certificate of Citizenship! This is a document issued to all the people that are born outside of the United States. Usually, these people are the ones who claim citizenship based on U.S. citizen parentage.
- S. Passport: U.S. passports that also serve as travel documents are issued to natural-born U.S. citizens, naturalized citizens and to those who hold citizenship certificates. Passports show that the holder is a citizen.
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