I understand the concerns, and I'm going to address them; but I want to make sure I have all of the information I need to give you the best answer possible. So please be patient as I do so.
Also note that I am only giving you information about the law as it currently stands. I don't write the law and I cannot change the law. Often times, the law does to provide a satisfactory outcome, no matter how much we want it to. So please keep this in mind when giving a rating for my customer service - sometimes, there just isn't anything that the law allows for the situation you describe.
Unfortunately, the law changed a few years ago. If you leave the US, you cannot simply use your driver's license to re-enter the US. If you are traveling by air, and returning by air, then you need t have an actual passport book. And if you are traveling my land or by sea and re-entering the US by land or sea, then you can use a passport book or a passport card or an enhanced driver's license. The problem is that in each of these cases, you have to show that you are a US citizen,and without the certificate of citizenship, you won't be able to do so.
I'm very sorry. I wish I had better news to share, but as I mentioned earlier, there are cases where the law does not provide a satisfactory solution to every case. It appears your is one of those cases.
Note that I have never experienced a situation where it has taken a year to get a new certificate of citizenship; but unfortunately, there is no way to get one by the time you need to travel.
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