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Express Birth Certificate
To apply for a new passport or a child passport, you must obtain your full birth certificate. If you do not have your birth certificate and need one fast, you may need to order an Express Birth Certificate.
You’ll need to use your birth certificate as proof of citizenship when you apply for a US passport with the Department of State. You can present a birth certificate that is beyond its expiration date. However, it must be valid and have no damage.
Ordering an Express Birth Certificate is the fastest way to get your vital document in your hands. Having a birth certificate is a requirement for the U.S. Passport application process.
Order Your Express Birth Certificate Here
Don’t let a worn, lost, or stolen birth certificate delay your passport application. You can order your birth certificate to ensure the Department of State processes your US passport application on time.
Birth Certificate – Proof of Identity Requirement
The most common document that acts as primary proof of identity is a certified long form birth certificate.
There are several requirements for your long form birth certificate, including:
- It must have a county, state or state seal that is raised, multicolored or embossed.
- Birth certificates must list the full name of at least 1 parent.
- This date must be within 1 year of birth, which may be an issue for adopted applicants, as they typically have delayed birth certificates.
You may also request an expedited long form birth certificate by clicking HERE.
Request a File Search
In lieu of submitting proof of US citizenship, you may request a File Search if you had a U.S. passport or Consular Report of Birth Abroad in the past but cannot submit it with your application.
- Complete the Request for File Search and Verification of U.S. Citizenship, and include it with your passport application.
Finally, the fee for a File Search is $150, above and beyond the normal application fees.
NOTE: Make your payment payable to the Department of State.