Understanding U.S. citizenship.
Citizenship is the common thread that connects all Americans. Below is a list of some of the
most important rights and responsibilities that all citizens—both Americans by birth and by choice— should exercise, honor, and respect. While some of these responsibilities are legally required of every citizen, all are important to ensure the continued vitality of our country and democracy.
• Freedom to express yourself.
• Freedom to worship as you wish.
• Right to a prompt, fair trial by jury.
• Right to vote in elections for public officials.
• Right to apply for federal employment requiring
• Right to run for elected office.
• Freedom to pursue “life, liberty, and the pursuit of
• Support and defend the U.S. Constitution.
• Stay informed of the issues affecting your
• Participate in the democratic process.
• Respect and obey federal, state, and local laws.
• Respect the rights, beliefs, and opinions of others.
• Participate in your local community.
• Pay income and other taxes honestly, and on time,
to federal, state, and local authorities.
• Serve on a jury when called upon.
• Defend the country if the need should arise.