Notice: Due to the large volume of Surrender Certificate applications we are unable to attend to ANY QUERIES at the counter. Collection of Surrender Certificate at the Consulate is between 4:00pm to 4:45pm (working days only).

Renunciation of Indian Citizenship and ‘Surrender Certificate’

Indian citizens acquiring US (foreign) citizenship and renouncing Indian citizenship are required to surrender their Indian passports and obtain a “Surrender Certificate” which is issued by the Consulate. The charges for obtaining this service is US$20/- for those acquiring US citizenship upto 31.05.2010 and thereafter it is US$ 175/- for those acquiring US citizenship on or after 01.06.2010. These passports are cancelled and returned to the passport holder for future reference.

Please attach money order / cashiers check payable to “Consulate General of India – San Francisco” for the service charge of US$ 20 or US$175/- depending on your date of obtaining US Naturalization for surrender certificate.

Detailed procedure for application of “Surrender Certificate” is given below:

Renunciation of Citizenship of India

The Declaration of Renunciation of Citizenship of India shall be made in Form to the Consulate by the concerned applicants resident in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming

The applicants shall state clearly the circumstances in which they acquired US (foreign) Citizenships.

On receipt of the Declaration of Renunciation of Citizenship of India, a Surrender Certificate, in the prescribed form, is issued by the Consulate. The Declaration of Renunciation is registered in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India, through the Consulate.

Applicants may kindly send completed Form, along with all documents and a money order / cashiers check payable to “Consulate General of India – San Francisco” along with trackable Pre-paid return envelope to 540 Arguello Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94118 (e.g. (a) USPS ‘Express Mail’ – Preferred (b) UPS (c) Fedex) also do not remove senders/customers copy (consulate will keep it).

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