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There is no formal process within government to check or validate the credentials of a US Presidential candidate. As a practical matter, the news media and the opposition candidates do that and are able to go to the courts, or the court of public opinion, if they believe a candidate lacks required credentials.

The only "credentials" required of a Presidential candidate in the US are that he or she be a "natural born" US citizen (i.e. not a naturalized citizen, although the details of that are subject to debate) and be at least 35 years of age.

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