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How can I apply for a citizenship certificate or search of citizenship records?

There are 2 ways to apply: online or on paper. You can only apply online to get your own citizenship records. To apply for someone else’s citizenship records, you need to apply on paper.

We process online and paper applications the same way and at the same speed.

There are some differences between applying online and on paper. This includes how

  • you’ll prepare and submit your application
  • long you have to complete your application
  • you’ll pay your fees
  • we’ll communicate with you
  • you’ll be able to check your application status

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