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How Does A United States Naturalized Citizen Get A Passport?

By Ben Pate

There are so many rules and regulations when becoming a naturalized United States citizen and a person could easily become overwhelmed but when the process is over, they want to breathe a sigh of relief and just be thankful the process is over. But we would recommend that you don’t stop there. You should consider applying for a United States passport. While it is widely understood that you can’t travel internationally without a passport, some overlook the value of this superior form of identification. Getting a passport has also been made easier than ever with an expedited passport service.

One of the best arguments for getting a US passport is to be able to safely maintain your citizenship certificate in a safe place where it will not get lost or damaged. While this certificate is valid for a lifetime, another quality form of identification and is easily portable is a very good idea and a passport fits this bill. It is important to note that your citizenship documentation will not provide you reentry into the United States but a United States passport provides certain access.

As you’ll be interested to know, pasports are also a wonderful form of identification when filling out job applications, questioned by law enforcement, or at any other time proof of identification is required. We don’t want to forget that a passport is also needed for international travel. Having a passport enables you to visit places worldwide and never worry about getting back into the United States. Having one in hand also makes it one thing you don’t have to worry about when you find yourself making last minute travel plans.

As a naturalized citizen you will have to appear in person and present your original naturalization certificate when applying for a United States passport. Your application is processed by the United States Department of State. Along with your original naturalization papers, you will need to provide two qualified passport photos and your completed application. Be sure to make a copy of your citizenship certificate before providing it for your passport application as the process can take as much as eight weeks and you will need proof of your citizenship while the process is underway.

You are probably wondering where you will go to get your passport. Since this will be the first time you have applied for a US passport, you will have to appear in person. There are two types of facilities that will be able to help you. One is the State Department Passport Agency and the other is a passport acceptance facility. If you feel your require expedited passport service, you should visit a passport agency as the process will be quicker and more convenient.

Applying for your passport requires a little more effort on your part, but having one will prove to be an indispensable ally and tool to establish your new citizenship. And with expedited pasport service, you can be reaping the benefits as soon as tomorrow.

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Pate, Ben "How Does A United States Naturalized Citizen Get A Passport?." How Does A United States Naturalized Citizen Get A Passport?. 2 Jul. 2010. 4 Aug 2014 <>.

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