Do you need to apostille your Certificate of Naturalization?
A Certificate of Naturalization is a U.S. Federal Government document issued by Homeland Security (U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services) and can only be apostilled the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. This document cannot be notarized, copy certified by a notary public, nor processed through any Secretary of State’s office.
This document can be processed through our Washington DC apostille office.
Documents destined for countries who are members of the Hague Apostille Convention will receive an apostille. For countries who are not members, the U.S. Department of State will attach a certificate. Please note that if you mail in the original, the apostille will be attached to the document.
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If your Certificate of Naturalization is older than 20 years or if you would like to apostille a certified true copy instead of the original, we recommend that you contact the local U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office and request to meet with the Field Office Director.
When a naturalized US citizen needs to have a Certificate of Naturalization “authenticated” by the U.S. State Department for use by Foreign Governments/Embassies, etc…., USCIS can copy the document and certify it as a true copy. “Authentication” is a term used by the U.S. Department of State and other Governments to describe what USCIS refers to as Certified True Copies. When you require a Certificate of Naturalization to be authenticated, be sure to use the term “Certified True Copy.”
If you have the original document to be certified, you must make an appointment with your local USCIS office by using the InfoPass Appointment Scheduler. When you go to your appointment, be sure to bring your original naturalization certificate and a copy of it. Also bring another form of photo identification, such as a drivers license or passport. A USCIS officer will review the documents and may certify the copy, if the officer can confirm your identity and status as a naturalized citizen.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, will provide Certified True Copies and return these along with the supplied documentation to the requester. USCIS cannot act as an agent of the U.S. Department of State by accepting fees on behalf of other government agencies, or forwarding documentation to any other government agency. All documentation coming from a requester, along with any documentation supplied by the Department of Homeland Security, will be returned to the requester.
Here is an example of a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form G-24 Certification of Documents from the Department of Homeland Security.
Obtaining an apostille on a Certificate of Naturalization can be complicated. Don’t leave this process to untrained employees or non-professionals who do not fully understand the Apostille process and the unique requirements of certain countries. Your paperwork could be rejected costing you time and money. Don’t let this happen to you!
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