TN 1 (11-09)
RM 10210.520 Third Level Evidence of U.S. Citizenship for a U.S. Born Applicant
Third level evidence of U.S. citizenship
Is an original document and
Is a non-SSA document established for a reason other than to establish U.S. citizenship and shows a U.S. place of birth and
Is satisfactory ONLY when primary and secondary level evidence are not readily available and the applicant alleges being born in the U.S and there is nothing indicating the person is not a U.S. citizen (e.g., lost U.S. citizenship).
If third level evidence is not readily available, develop for fourth level evidence. “Readily available” evidence can be obtained in 10 working days.
Explanation, Rules, and References
U.S. hospital birth record established at the time of birth
Hospital records must show
NOTE: Generally, a souvenir “birth certificate” (e.g., keepsake) is not considered evidence of citizenship but indicates preferred evidence may exist. For more information on hospital birth records, see GN 00302.530C.
U.S. medical record from:
Medical records must
NOTE: An immunization record is not considered a medical record for purposes of establishing U.S. citizenship.
U.S. institutional admission paper(s) from:
Admission paper(s) must show a U.S. place of birth.
U.S. life, health or other insurance record
The insurance record must show
NOTE: For an adult, the insurance record must show an issue date at least 5 years prior to applying for an SSN. For an applicant under age 18, the insurance record must show an issue date shortly after birth.