Posted in Blog  
  on Apr 21, 2015

How To Verify Citizenship

In the United States, there a number of different reasons why it is important to know how to verify citizenship. Most of the reasons, however, tend to be employment or rental related. There are certain documents that are acceptable to verify a person's citizenship and if they can be produced or located, will serve as evidence. There are three primary documents that may be used to establish citizenship.

1. A passport that has been issued by the United States.

2. A Certificate of Naturalization.

3. A US Citizenship Certificate.

If none of these documents are available, it is still possible to verify citizenship. There will need to be a document that proves identity and one that proves citizenship, however, so two documents must be presented or located.

Documents That Verify Citizenship

The most common document used to verify citizenship is a public birth certificate. These must be issued by the state or territory, not by the hospital, city, or country, to be considered valid. Other options are also available.

  • An official military record of service.
  • Certification of a birth abroad.
  • Religious records.
  • Evidence of civil service employment.
  • A final adoption decree.

If none of these options are available, then someone who is aware of a person's citizenship status may sign an affidavit that vouches for this information.

Documents That Verify Identity

The most common method of verifying an identity is to use a driver's license or official state or territorial ID. For those that have not secured this form of identification, there are other documents that work as well.

  • Children under the age of 16 may use a school record.
  • A military dependent ID card.
  • Certificate of Degree of Native American heritage or Alaskan Native documents.
  • A cross match of information from official databases at the federal or state level, including public assistance or law enforcement.

If none of these documents exist, then three or more documents that corroborate an identity may also be used, but only if they have never been used to verify an identity before. Knowing how to verify an identity is useful to stay in compliance with current laws and regulations. Follow these steps today and you'll be able to make sure that someone is who they say they are.


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