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DS-10 Birth Affidavit Passport Form

All U.S. Passport Applications require proof of citizenship such as naturalization paperwork or a birth certificate.

You will need to submit a birth affidavit when your birth certificate is not available. The affidavit must come with a notice indicating that no birth record exists, a photocopy of both sides of your ID. You may also submit a birth affidavit with other birth records. Birth affidavits must be made by a person who has immediate knowledge of your birth to prove you were born in the U.S.

It is best that the affidavit is made by a blood relative, but may be made by an attending physician, or another person with knowledge of the birth. Affidavits will be kept by Passport Services.

Birth Affidavit for Passport DS-10

The DS-10 is one way to prove U.S. citizenship. It is considered a secondary form of U.S. citizenship evidence, and it may be submitted to further establish citizenship.

How the Passport Form DS-10 is Submitted.

DS-10 form should not be completed by the applicant. It is to be turned in with other documents to the acceptance agent. (Refer to the Instructional Checklist for more information on documents and the correct process for the type of passport you require.)

The form must be completed by someone who has personal knowledge of your birth having taken place in the U.S.- thereby proving your citizenship. The form needs to be notarized and submitted with information about how the person completing it knows that you were born in the U.S. It is best that it should be completed by a biological relative when possible and should be accompanied with confirming documentation if there are no birth record available. The form also must be submitted with a photocopy of both sides of the ID. of the person who completes the affidavit.

About Early Public Records

A DS-10 form is not accepted as evidence of citizenship. The DS-10 form must be submitted with other records to prove citizenship. Early records are available documents showing the applicant’s name, birthdate and birthplace. This includes Hospital birth certificates, Baptismal certificates, Early school records, Census records, and Doctor’s records.

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