If you have been issued any of the following documents, you may immediately begin your application for your first U.S. passport. If you are no longer in possession of any of these documents, you must obtain a certified copy from the issuing authority.
A U.S. Birth Certificate – for certified copies, please contact the state in which you were born. The National Center for Health Statistics maintains a list of states’ contact information for this purpose;
A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) – for certified copies, please contact the Passport Services Office at the Department of State;
A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship – for certified copies, please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;
A U.S. Naturalization Certificate – for certified copies, please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;
Once you are in possession of one of the listed documents, please see our instructions for applying for your first U.S. passport.
If you were born outside the United States, have not been previously documented as a U.S. citizen and are:
under the age of 18: please see our instructions for obtaining a Consular Report of Birth Abroad;
over the age of 18: you should review the information concerning transmission requirements to see if your parent(s) had the prerequisite physical presence in the United States required by U.S. citizenship law in effect at that time. If, based on this information, you believe you have a claim to U.S. citizenship, please email SarajevoACS@state.gov for further information.