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How to sign certificate of naturalization?

Arlington Heights, IL |

My oath ceremony for naturalization is in a few days. I have a question about how to sign the certificate of naturalization that I should get after the oath. I heard that you are supposed to sign your full name completely and legibly without any abbreviations. My usual signature (on my driver's license, credit cards, and current non-US passport etc) is a kind of illegible scrawl using my initials. Which signature should go on the naturalization certificate? If the full/complete name, then subsequent to naturalization do I have to keep signing that way too? e.g. when applying for a US passport, do I use my current signature or the full/complete signature?

(Comment after oath) On the certificate, they have printed my (usual) signature next to my photograph. The officer at the oath instructed me that I need to sign the certificate in the same way, and that for security reasons it was important that the two signatures should match. So I have signed the certificate that way.

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You have to sign you name legibly. Use that signature in all immigration related paperwork if any


Sign with the name on the certificate.

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sign full name - usually someone is there to tell you how they want you to sign. Congratulations on naturalization.

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Have to sign the full name as listed on the certificate, in the same format and in legible fashion.

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