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    Chapter 4: Replacement of Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization


    In general, an applicant submits to USCIS an Application for Replacement Naturalization/Citizenship Document (Form N-565) to request a replacement Certificate of Citizenship or Certificate of Naturalization. The application must be submitted with the appropriate fee and in accordance with the form instructions.[1] See 8 CFR 103.7.


    A person may request a replacement certificate to replace a lost or mutilated certificate. A person may also request a replacement certificate, without fee, in cases where:


    • USCIS issued a certificate that does not conform to the supportable facts shown on the applicant’s citizenship or naturalization application; or



    Requests to update a certificate based on a name change due to marriage or divorce may also be submitted to USCIS.[3] See INA 343(c). In addition, an applicant who has legally changed his or her gender may apply for a replacement certificate reflecting the new gender.[4] See Adjudicator’s Field Manual (AFM) Chapter 10.22, Document Issuance Involving Status and Identity for Transgender Individuals. A request to change the gender on a certificate may also affect the marital status already listed on the certificate. Accordingly, any request to change the gender on a certificate that may affect the validity of a marriage under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)[5] The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Pub. L. 104-199, 110 Stat. 2419 (Sept. 21, 1996). See 1 U.S.C. 7 and 28 U.S.C. 1738C. is elevated to USCIS headquarters.





    Footnotes


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     See 8 CFR 103.7.

    2. [^] 

     See 8 CFR 338.5(a).

    3. [^] 

     See INA 343(c).

    5. [^] 

     The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Pub. L. 104-199, 110 Stat. 2419 (Sept. 21, 1996). See 1 U.S.C. 7 and 28 U.S.C. 1738C.



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    Legal Authorities
    INA 342, 8 CFR 342 - Administrative cancellation of certificates, documents, or records



    Updates


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    January 7, 2013
    POLICY ALERT

    Comprehensive Citizenship and Naturalization Policy Guidance

    ​USCIS is issuing updated and comprehensive citizenship and naturalization policy guidance in the new USCIS Policy Manual.

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    Current as of April 8, 2014