I recently got a call from a frantic adoptive parent: “I took my son to the MVA to apply for a learner’s permit. They said he has to have proof of U.S. citizenship. They told me that his Maryland birth certificate is not proof of citizenship, since he was born overseas. I’m not even sure if my son is a U.S. citizen! Help! What do I do?”
Such calls are not unusual. Whether or not your internationally-adopted child is a U.S. citizen depends on a number of factors. Even if your child is a U.S. citizen, you may not yet have proof of citizenship. It is crucial to ensure both that your child has U.S. citizenship, and also that he/she has proof of that citizenship.