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FAQ > What qualifies as a copy of the documentation 'certified by the issuing agency'?

You may not want to send an original document to the IRS. If this is the case, do not assume that you can only make one copy of your passport or ID card at home. In order for your application for an ITIN to pass, copies have to be certified.

What is the ITIN Certification Document?

In order to obtain certified copies of the documents to be submitted to ITIN, you will have to ask the issuing body for a copy. Only copies with an official stamp on them will be accepted. Some U.S. embassies and consulates provide certification services. If you wish to obtain certified copies of documents in this manner, you will need to go directly to the appropriate embassy or consulate and ask about their document authentication services. Services vary from country to country.

What happens if I send an original document?

You may be concerned that the IRS will not return an original document. However, you should be assured that all original documents will be mailed to the address you provide on Form W-7. It may take the IRS a few weeks or months to process your application, so it may take some time for you to get your documents back.

Are additional documents required?

If you're wondering, 'What do I need to get an ITIN number?' You may need more documentation. For example, if you are under 18 years of age and do not provide a passport, you will need to provide an original birth certificate are accepted no copies. For younger dependents, original school records or medical records may be necessary.

How do I know what document you want to send?

The best way to determine what should be included with your application for an ITIN is to take a look at our W-7 form instructions. Once you receive all the information from your list, you can fill out the simplified form through ITIN W-7 Application. If you have further questions about the required documents, do not hesitate to ask us.

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