What if I can’t provide my birth certificate?
- If this is your first time applying for a passport you must contact the Vital Statistics office in the state where you were born to order a birth certificate.
- If you were issued a passport in the past, you can use the old passport as proof of citizenship
- If you were issued a passport in the past but you cannot provide the old passport, you can pay the State Department an additional $150 for a File Search. The File Search fee must be made with a separate check or money order.