How to Replace a Certificate of Citizenship That Was Lost, Stolen, Destroyed, or Mutilated

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How to Replace a Certificate of Citizenship That Was Lost, Stolen, Destroyed, or Mutilated

If you lost your certificate of citizenship, or if yours was stolen, destroyed, or mutilated, you can order a new one. It’s going to cost you $555 (2020 figure, but double check it, as fees might change soon), unless you qualify for a fee waiver.

The USCIS form for requesting a new certificate of citizenship is called N-565, Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document. This form is used for several different purposes, so you’ll have to check Box A in Part 2, Question 1, to let USCIS know you’re applying for a new certificate of citizenship. USCIS also needs to know why you’re applying for the new certificate of citizenship, so you’ll need to check at least one box (or maybe more, depending on your situation) in Part 2, Question 2.

Everyone who files an N-565 form must send two passport-style photos along with it. Also, if your marital status has changed since you applied for the certificate with the incorrect information on it, you must submit your most recent marriage certificate, divorce decree, or spouse’s death certificate.

If Your Certificate of Citizenship Was Lost, Stolen, or Destroyed

If you had a certificate of citizenship but you can’t find it or you know it got stolen or destroyed, you’ll have to explain what happened (when, where, and how) in Part 2, Question 2.A of the Form N-565. You must fill out parts 1, 2, 3, and 9 of the form, but you don’t have to fill out any other part. USCIS is going to want proof of what happened, so send it a sworn statement. (Include a sentence at the end that says “I swear that the foregoing is true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief, and that it is a full, true and correct account of the events described.”)

If your certificate was stolen or destroyed by someone else and there was a police report, send a copy of that.

You must also send a copy of the lost, stolen, or destroyed certificate if you made one. USCIS will not accept your N-565 without a filing fee check or money order in the required amount, unless you qualify for and apply for a fee waiver.

If Your Certificate of Citizenship Was Mutilated

If your certificate was mutilated or severely damaged such that parts of it are missing or can’t be read, check Box B. in Part 2, Question 2. You fill out parts 1, 2, 3, and 9 of the N-565 form, and no others. Send the mutilated certificate along with the form. The filing fee, unless you qualify for and apply for a Naturalization Certificate Replacement.

 
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