Citizenship Guidelines

SoonerCare members and applicants who are United States citizens must provide a one-time proof of citizenship and identity as of July 1, 2007, because of a federal law.

You can prove both citizenship and identity with one document if you have a

  • U.S. passport, or
  • Certificate of naturalization, or
  • Certificate of citizenship

If you do not have any of the above documents you can provide a

  • U.S. birth certificate for proof of citizenship
  • Driver's license or state ID for proof of identity

Other acceptable proof is listed at the bottom of this page.

Individuals receiving Medicare benefits and individuals that receive or previously received Supplemental Security Income (SSI) do not have to provide proof of citizenship or identity.

Newborns of SoonerCare members do not have to provide proof of citizenship or identity until they are one year old.

Children in OKDHS foster care do not have to provide proof of citizenship or identity.

Do not send original documents through the mail. They will not be returned to you. You may bring original documents to your local Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) office and we will make copies of them.

If you have questions or need help, contact your worker at your local OKDHS office.

To obtain an Oklahoma Birth Certificate contact: 

1000 N.E. 10th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73117
Phone:  (405) 271-4040
E-mail: AskVR@health.ok.gov 

Satellite Information (for certificate pick-up only)

Tulsa Health Department,
Central Regional Health Center
315 S. Utica
Tulsa, OK

or

Pittsburg County Health Department
1400 East College Avenue
McAlester, OK 74501

Proof of U.S. Citizenship and Identity 

1. You may provide one of these items to prove BOTH citizenship and identity:
  • United States (U.S.) Passport
  • U.S. Naturalization Certificate issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • Certificate of Citizenship issued by USCI

    OR, if you do not have any of the items above
2. You may provide one item from list A and one item from list B:

List A: Proof of U.S. citizenship (choose one item)
Provide most reliable proof available — Items at the top of the list are more reliable

  • U.S. birth certificate
  • Certification or report of birth abroad issued by USCIS or the State Department
  • U.S. citizen ID card issued by USCIS
  • American Indian card issued by USCIS for the Kickapoo tribe
  • Final adoption decree
  • Evidence of Civil Service employment by U.S. Government before 6-1-1976
  • Official military record of service showing U.S. place of birth (Form DD 214)
  • Northern Mariana ID card from USCIS for naturalized citizens born before 11/4/1986
  • Extract of U.S. hospital birth record established at the time of birth, created at least five years before initial application date
  • Life, health, or other insurance record showing U.S. place of birth, created at least five years before initial application date
  • Census records showing U.S. place of birth
  • Nursing home records, medical records, or other documents showing U.S. place of birth, created at least five years before initial application date
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs tribal census records, Navajo and Seneca tribes only
  • If you do not have any of the above items, contact your caseworker for assistance.

List B: Proof of identity (choose one item)

  • Driver’s license
  • Government issued ID cards with photo or identifying information (State ID card)
  • Tribal government issued ID card (CDIB card) or other tribal documents with photo or identifying information
  • U.S. Military ID, U.S. Military Dependent ID or U.S. Military Draft Record
  • U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner card
  • School ID with picture
  • Day care/nursery record, minors only
  • School record, report card, or affidavit signed by a parent or guardian (under 16 only).