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The passport office lost my Certificate of Naturalization. They sent me my passports, but when I didn't get the certificate back, at first I called and they said "Oh yeah, we still have it. We'll mail it to you right away." Then a few weeks later "No, we don't have it, it was mailed to you with the passport."

So it's lost.

Should get a new one? Replacement costs a lot of money, and I have my passport (book and card) as proof of citizenship. And a copy of the certificate. Do I really need a new certificate?

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You really don't need the certificate since your passport also acts as proof of citizenship unless you feel like donating more money to the govt.


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Umm, shouldn't passport office be comping your replacement certificate? They're the ones that lost it. Was there a tracking number they provided for it?


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The passport office lost my Certificate of Naturalization. They sent me my passports, but when I didn't get the certificate back, at first I called and they said "Oh yeah, we still have it. We'll mail it to you right away." Then a few weeks later "No, we don't have it, it was mailed to you with the passport."

So it's lost.

Should get a new one? Replacement costs a lot of money, and I have my passport (book and card) as proof of citizenship. And a copy of the certificate. Do I really need a new certificate?

The usually send the certificate separately using first class mail instead of priority mail.. You don't need to get a new one unless your passport gets lost or expires and you need a new one.


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They suppose to keep it I believe not sure but your passport is your prof of citizenship.

Nope. They should have returned it.


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The passport office lost my Certificate of Naturalization. They sent me my passports, but when I didn't get the certificate back, at first I called and they said "Oh yeah, we still have it. We'll mail it to you right away." Then a few weeks later "No, we don't have it, it was mailed to you with the passport."

So it's lost.

Should get a new one? Replacement costs a lot of money, and I have my passport (book and card) as proof of citizenship. And a copy of the certificate. Do I really need a new certificate?

The only cases I've read about where the certificate was really needed was when someone had to show the exact date they became a citizen. An example would be if in the future your child is born abroad and wants to claim derivative citizenship.

For everything else, you should be ok with copies of your certificate and you current or expired passport.


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The passport office lost my Certificate of Naturalization. They sent me my passports, but when I didn't get the certificate back, at first I called and they said "Oh yeah, we still have it. We'll mail it to you right away." Then a few weeks later "No, we don't have it, it was mailed to you with the passport."

So it's lost.

Should get a new one? Replacement costs a lot of money, and I have my passport (book and card) as proof of citizenship. And a copy of the certificate. Do I really need a new certificate?

It would be nice to have, but you don't absolutely need it as long as you have a US passport.

That is a good enough proof that you are a US citizen. US born citizens don't have such certificate either.

Do you at least have a copy of it, in case you need to look up certificate number?


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Having a U.S. passport is prima facie evidence of U.S. citizenship, so technically, you don't need your naturalization certificate. Now, the issue becomes:

what if you lose your passport?

I would apply for a new NC.


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Yes, but if their story now is that they have already sent it, good luck getting them to pay the bill :(

Right, that's exactly what they said. They even sent me a letter saying they returned the certificate with the passport. (Even though I had called them at some point afterward receiving the passport, and they told me on the phone they still had it.)

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