What is a file search in related to obtaining a passport?

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The passport file search request is used for applicants applying for a lost passport replacement and the applicant does not have a certified copy or original birth certificate to submit as proof of U.S. Citizenship.

  1. To request a file search with the U.S. Passport Agency:
    • Include a written request - fill out Request for a File Search and include it with the other required documents.
    • Include an additional personal check or money order made payable to the U.S. Department of State for $150.
  2. Note: File search fees are in addition to the standard government processing fees. A file search may take an additional 5 days to process.
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