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AshlynM's avatar

Is a U.S. passport proof enough for U.S. citizenship?

Asked by AshlynM (6531 points ) September 26th, 2011

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jaytkay's avatar

It depends on who is asking for proof. For an Illinois driver’s license, I needed a Social Security card. I was surprised that a passport was not sufficient.

dreamwolf's avatar

Yeah, it should state it.

zenvelo's avatar

Yes, it should be. You have to show citizenship to get one.

wilma's avatar

Not necessarily. Some places, (like our Secretary of State office) ask for more than one document as proof of identity and citizenship.

JLeslie's avatar

For a job it is. Who are you trying to prove your citizenship to?

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

It’s good enough for the INS. It satisfies the I-9 requirements.

CWOTUS's avatar

It’s proof enough if you’re attempting to enter the US at an international border crossing or airport. Immigration will verify that it’s a real passport with valid dates and that it appears to describe the bearer (you), and then accept it. Apparently it’s not enough proof if you want an Illinois driver’s license.

JLeslie's avatar

I looked up the IL license, and indeed they require more than just a passport. It makes sense that you have to show you are a resident of the state, not just a citizen of the USA. But showing a SS card and passport is redundant, althought not equal. A SS number does not mean you are a citizen, but the passport certianly does. I’m not picking on IL, some or all states might have similar requirements for all I know. I don’t remember what I brought with me each time I moved and needed a new license.

gailcalled's avatar

As long as it’s yours, it’s a good start.

Lightlyseared's avatar

Nope. The US government also issues passports to non-citizen nationals of the United States of America.

I’ve got to admit I have no idea what the difference is but there you go

shirleylopez's avatar

A good proof, but not absolute.

WestRiverrat's avatar

@JLeslie much as I like to bash Illinois politicians for some of their nonsense, I think that Illinois is just following Federal guidelines. I had to show my Birth certificate, my SSN, a utility bill with my name on it as well as my Passport to get my license renewed in South Dakota.

Zaku's avatar

Illinois has Chicago in it, and way too many Chicago people seemed to me to love to have an excuse to give other people a bad time about stupid things, in my (thankfully now long in the past) experience.

JLeslie's avatar

@WestRiverrat Which is why I wrote, I’m not picking on IL, some or all states might have similar requirements for all I know. I don’t remember what I brought with me each time I moved and needed a new license.

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