Foreign Born Adoptee Requirements for Minors

If a minor was adopted and born outside of the United States, additional information will be required other than what is notated in the Acceptable Identification Documents List. Proof of citizenship or legal presence, issued from U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS), must be provided, even if the minor was adopted by a United States citizen. If the minor’s name was changed during the adoption, proof of the name change and adoption paperwork may be required, contingent upon the situation.

Example 1: If the minor provides his/her foreign birth certificate for proof of parents in conjunction with proof of citizenship or legal presence, and the name(s) does not match on all documents, proof of the legal name change WILL be required. Acceptable proof would be the original adoption paperwork displaying the name change or a legal name change document through court.

Example 2: If the minor provides his/her foreign birth certificate for proof of parents in conjunction with proof of citizenship or legal presence, and the name(s) does match on all documents, proof of the legal name change WILL NOT be required.

Note: If the adoptive parents are NOT listed on the birth certificate, the adoption paperwork will be required in both scenarios mentioned above.

**All documents must be originals or certified copies. Photocopies, expired, or altered documents will not be accepted. If a document is in a different language, a certified English translation may also be required.

If you seek additional guidance, contact the Driver License department at 302-744-2505.