Department of State Changes Passport Application Requirements, Says Hickernell

In conjunction with the U.S. Department of State and the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Rep. Dave Hickernell would like to inform residents of important changes to passport application requirements. 

The U.S. Department of State has made it mandatory for the full names of an applicant’s parent or parents to be listed on ALL certified birth certificates for passport applicants, regardless of age.  This is commonly referred to as the long-form birth certificate.

For all other reasons why a certified copy of a birth certificate is needed (school, Social Security, housing, employment, etc.), the short-form birth certificate is still acceptable and a legitimate document.  The long-form birth certificate is ONLY needed for passports/travel.

For more information on how to obtain a certified copy of a birth record, visit   

State Representative Dave Hickernell
98th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Sean Yeakle
[email protected]