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The lines and watermarks may be a feature of the safety paper your evidence is printed on. Please submit the clearest copy possible.
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While we return the original to you, we retain the additional copy with your passport record. This assists the Department’s effort to preserve the integrity of the passport issuance process, and reduces the risk of another person attempting to use evidence in your name to get a passport.
If you elect not to submit a photocopy, you can submit a second certified copy of your birth certificate.
USCIS does not prohibit photocopies of these certificates for passport purposes
No, you do not need to submit a photocopy of the passport book or card that you are using as primary evidence of citizenship evidence.