A noncommercial collection of information about citizenship, dual citizenship and multiple citizenship

[Please refer to How to Read a Country Entry for help interpreting this material. It was produced prior to March 2001 as part of a US government report entitled Citizenship Laws of the World. The accuracy and depth of these country listings varies significantly, and some information may be incorrect. At best, this page presents only part of the story for a particular country. Additional information for this country may be available in Country Information]


CITIZENSHIP: Citizenship laws are based upon Article 11 of the Dominican Constitution.

BY BIRTH: Child born in the territory of the Dominican Republic, regardless of the nationality of the parents. The exception is a child of a diplomatic representative.

BY DESCENT: Child born abroad, at least one of whose parents is a citizen.

BY NATURALIZATION: Dominican citizenship may be acquired upon fulfillment of the following conditions: Person has legally resided in the country for at least five years and has renounced former citizenship.

DUAL CITIZENSHIP: NOT RECOGNIZED. Exception: Child born abroad, who acquires the nationality of the country of birth, is allowed to maintain dual nationality until the age of 18. Upon reaching age 18, the person must renounce the other nationality or Dominican nationality will be revoked.


VOLUNTARY: Voluntary renunciation of Dominican nationality is permitted by law. Person must formally renounce citizenship in the Dominican Republic. Contact the Embassy for details and required paperwork.

INVOLUNTARY: The following is grounds for involuntary loss of Dominican citizenship: Person voluntarily acquires a foreign citizenship.

ANY QUESTIONS concerning citizenship, or requests for renunciation of citizenship, should be directed to the address below:

Embassy of the Dominican Republic Consular Section 1715 22nd St., NW Washington, DC 20008

Embassy/Consular Telephone: 202-332-6280 Fax: 202-265-8057



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