Department of State Changes Passport Application Requirements, Says Evans

HARRISBURG – In conjunction with the U.S. Department of State and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Rep. John Evans (R-Erie/Crawford) would like to inform residents of important changes to passport application requirements.

The U.S. Department of State has made it mandatory for the full names of an applicant’s parent or parents to be listed on ALL certified birth certificates for passport applicants, regardless of age. This is commonly referred to as the long-form birth certificate.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is offering a grace period for free reissuance of long-form birth certificates from April 1 through June 30 for anyone who was issued a certificate after Jan. 14 that does not reflect the new requirements. After June 30, those requesting a reissued certificate must pay a $10 per copy fee in the form of check, money order, or veteran’s information.

For all other reasons why a certified copy of a birth certificate is needed (school, Social Security, housing, employment, etc.), the short-form birth certificate is still acceptable and a legitimate document. The long-form birth certificate is ONLY needed for passports/travel.

For more information on how to obtain a certified copy of a birth record, visit

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