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New Certificate of Naturalization Debuts in Baltimore

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This past Monday, USCIS Director Alejandro Mayorkas attended a naturalization ceremony at our Baltimore Field Office to announce the launch of a redesigned Certificate of Naturalization. Following the administration of the Oath of Allegiance to the new citizens, Director Mayorkas presented Erick Lopez, a native of Cuba, the first new certificate.

Erick Lopez, right, receives the first new Certificate of Naturalization from Director Mayorkas in Baltimore


Erick Lopez, right, receives the first new Certificate of Naturalization from Director Mayorkas in Baltimore

The enhanced certificates include new security features, such as:
  • Embedded digitized photo and signature
  • Background featuring color-shifting ink
  • Certificates printed utilizing tamper-resistant technology
  • A standardized size of 8 ½ by 11 inches
Director Mayorkas also announced that USCIS will fully transition to an automated production process for the new certificates by the end of the calendar year. Automation will increase consistency and reduce the time it takes to prepare certificates, and we expect over 600,000 new citizens will receive the enhanced certificate over the next year. 

USCIS offices in Atlanta, Denver and Baltimore will be the first to implement the transition to an automated process this week – and all other offices will transition to the automated process during the next 60 days. For those who are already naturalized, no need to worry - older certificates remain valid and do not need to be replaced or updated.

For more on the new certificate, please visit our website.