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  • Passport app - Non-identical signatures in drivers license and naturalization certificate

    So I submitted my application at a post office today. The postal clerk said it could be an issue that the signatures on my naturalization certificate and my drivers license are not identical. Basically, years ago the signature I used on my drivers ID was a bit more elaborate where I had my initials separate from my last name, but on my passport application and my naturalization certificate I have everything running into one scrawl (and this is the signature I've used in the last few years). And the other thing I realized in retrospect is that my height is different by an inch in the drivers license and the naturalization certificate (I am between 5'7" and 5'8" - in one document I stated one height, and in the other document, the other).

    I'm keeping fingers crossed that this won't be an issue. After all, I've used the same drivers license throughout the entire naturalization process, and no one ever raised any issues. Has anyone faced any hassles applying for a passport due to these reasons, and if yes, how did you address them? Thanks!
    Resident of Washington DC
    Field Office -Fairfax, Northern Virginia

    N400 applied - Feb 4 2011
    Fingerprinting (early walk in) - Feb 28 2011
    Interview notice: late May 2011
    Interview: June 29, 2011 (passed)
    Email about being placed in oath scheduling que: July 29, 2011
    Received email / IM about interview having been scheduled: August 15, 2011
    Received oath letter: August 17, 2011
    Oath date: Sept 13, 2011 - DONE!
    Passport: Appl Sept 14, 2011 (expedited); Received Sept 26, 2011

  • #2
    Probably will be fine

    This happens a lot. Signatures change, and though this would often raise eyebrows, the naturalisation certificate and the DL will be looked at, deemed genuine and belonging to the same person, and the passport application will be processed. There is probably only a 10% chance of them calling you to double check.
    *** El Cafe ***

    N400 - NYC (Brooklyn)
    March 12 2010: Sent
    April 7 2010: FP done- walk-in
    August 3 2010: ID decision not made
    December 12 2010: Lawsuit filed under 8 USC 1447(b)
    March 31 2011: 31 Oath date
    April 1 2011: Passport applied, picked up!

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    • #3
      I am 99.9% sure that the OP will not have any problem. The IO at the interview told me to write my name on the photo in block letters, so I signed the certificate the same way after the oath. However, my driving licence and the DS-11 were signed with my usual illegible scribble. Nobody raised a brow and I had not any problem because of this. I signed the passport with my illegible scribble as well.

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      • #4
        Thanks for the responses. That is reassuring. Keeping fingers crossed and will post an update once I get my passport (soon, I hope - I applied for expedited processing).
        Resident of Washington DC
        Field Office -Fairfax, Northern Virginia

        N400 applied - Feb 4 2011
        Fingerprinting (early walk in) - Feb 28 2011
        Interview notice: late May 2011
        Interview: June 29, 2011 (passed)
        Email about being placed in oath scheduling que: July 29, 2011
        Received email / IM about interview having been scheduled: August 15, 2011
        Received oath letter: August 17, 2011
        Oath date: Sept 13, 2011 - DONE!
        Passport: Appl Sept 14, 2011 (expedited); Received Sept 26, 2011

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        • #5
          In the end, I got my passport with no hassles. The postal clerk gave me a good scare though...
          Resident of Washington DC
          Field Office -Fairfax, Northern Virginia

          N400 applied - Feb 4 2011
          Fingerprinting (early walk in) - Feb 28 2011
          Interview notice: late May 2011
          Interview: June 29, 2011 (passed)
          Email about being placed in oath scheduling que: July 29, 2011
          Received email / IM about interview having been scheduled: August 15, 2011
          Received oath letter: August 17, 2011
          Oath date: Sept 13, 2011 - DONE!
          Passport: Appl Sept 14, 2011 (expedited); Received Sept 26, 2011

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