How to change the name on my citizenship certificate

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How to change the name on my citizenship certificate
A Certificate of Citizenship allows you to obtain a U.S. passport. (Stock pictures of a passport from the United States of America image by Albert Lozano from

A Certificate of Citizenship, also known as a Citizenship Certificate, is an immigration document issued to a naturalised U.S. citizen. This document acts as proof of U.S. citizenship status, which is helpful in applying for a U.S. passport, or demonstrating eligibility for federal employment. If you recently got married, or had your name changed through a court order, you must file Form N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document, with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Upon approval of your petition, you will receive a new Certificate of Citizenship displaying your new name.

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    Visit USCIS home page to download Form N-565 (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Complete the N-565 form by typing directly into it, making sure to answer all questions. If a question does not apply to your case, type “N/A.”

  3. 3

    Print the completed N-565.

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    Get two identical 2 x 2 inches colour photographs taken of you.

  5. 5

    Find the original copy of your Certificate of Citizenship displaying your old name.

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    Make a copy of your marriage certificate, if your name change is based on marriage. If your name was changed by a court of law, make a copy of the court order.

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    Pay the Form N-565 processing fee by making a check or money order payable to “U.S. Department of State.” As of April 2010, this fee is £247.

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    Mail your completed Form N-565 and supporting documents via certified mail to the USCIS Service Center that has jurisdiction over your state of residence.

    If you live in OH, OR, SD, UT, WA, WI, WY, AK, AZ, CA, CO, GU, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, NV or ND, mail your application to:

    DHS/USCIS Nebraska Service Center PO Box 87565 Lincoln, NE 68501-7565

    If you are from NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, SC, OK, PA, PR, RI, TN, TX, VA, VI, VT, WV, AL, AR, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA,MS, ME, MD or MA, send your application to:

    DHS/USCIS Texas Service Center PO Box 851182 Mesquite, TX 75185-1182

Tips and warnings

  • USCIS reserves the right to request more evidence before a new Certificate of Citizenship is issued. In addition, USCIS may also request that you attend an interview.

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