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5 things you must do after naturalization

On Behalf of | Jul 9, 2024 | Immigration Law

Becoming a U.S. citizen marks an essential milestone in your life. It opens doors to new opportunities and responsibilities. Whether at the beginning or end of your naturalization journey, you must know these crucial steps to enjoy your new status fully.

1. Obtain a U.S. passport.

One of the first things you should do is apply for a U.S. passport. This will be your primary identification for international travel. You can apply at a designated passport acceptance facility, often a post office, courthouse, or local government office.

2. Update your social security record.

Visit your local Social Security office to update your citizenship status. Bring your Certificate of Naturalization and other identification, such as your Social Security card and driver’s license.

3. Register to vote

As a new U.S. citizen, you can vote in federal, state, and local elections. Register to vote either online, by mail, or at your local government office. 

4. Update your driver’s license or state I.D.

Visit your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to update your records. Bring your Certificate of Naturalization and any other required documents to have your citizenship status updated on your I.D.

5. Inform financial institutions

Update your citizenship status with banks, credit unions, investment accounts, and other financial institutions. This ensures that your records are accurate and can affect your rights and responsibilities as a customer.

These key steps will help you navigate your new status as a U.S. citizen and maximize your newfound rights and responsibilities.

Embarking on a new journey

Whether you know someone who is applying for naturalization or you yourself are already embracing your new culture as a U.S. citizen, know that it can be an exciting journey. To fully live as a naturalized U.S. citizen, engage with your community, explore local traditions, and participate in civic activities. By actively participating and contributing, you celebrate your heritage and strengthen the communities around you.