Reports of Birth Abroad
Birth Registration of Children Born Abroad to U.S. Citizens
After reading the information below, please schedule an appointment for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad application.
This process is only for children under the age of 18. For applicants over the age of 18 please visit the following link.
In order to determine if your child has a claim to U.S. citizenship, please view the Eligibility for Citizenship and Physical Presence requirements. (If your child has a claim to citizenship, he or she must be in possession of a valid U.S. passport to enter and exit the United States. It is recommended that an application for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad be reported as soon after the birth as possible.)
In order to document your child as a U.S. citizen and complete the Consular Report of Birth Abroad process, satisfactory documentary evidence must be submitted showing the U.S. citizen parent(s) spent sufficient time in America to meet the physical presence requirements.
This could include any combination of the following evidence:
- old passports;
- employment records;
- school/college transcripts;
- tax returns;
- bank statements
Please bring the following to your appointment:
- Download the Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad
of A Citizen of the United States of America - DS-2029: Do not sign the DS-2029: (PDF Adobe Acrobat Reader).
- Child must be present when submitting application
- Birth Certificate: Please bring the child's long-form birth certificate, which is issued by the local authorities. This document shows both parents' names;
- Marriage Certificate: Original certificate issued by local, state, or national government authorities. If married in the United States, please provide a state certificate issued by the civil authorities.
If your marriage certificate is in a language other than English, a certified translation must be provided;
- Evidence of Parents' Citizenship and Identity: Parents' current U.S. (or foreign) passports must be submitted at time of application.
- Divorce Decrees/Death Certificates: It will be necessary to show termination of all prior marriages for both parents (and certified translations, if appropriate).
- Fees: Please see the Passport/Citizenship Fee Page.
- Social Security Application Form SS-5, signed by U.S. citizen parent. This application can only be processed if applying for a passport during the Report of Birth Abroad appointment.
Additional Requirements for the Passport Application
You are not required to apply for a passport at the same time you report your child's birth, but many applicants choose to do so (especially if you have upcoming travel plans to the United States) because both applications require personal appearance at the Embassy. At the time you report the birth of your child, you may also submit an application for his or her U.S. passport and for a social security number. If your child is under age 16 and you are also applying for his/her passport, please ensure you read the Applications for Minors requirements carefully. If you wish to submit both applications on the same day, the following documentation will also be required:
- 1 x passport photo, please see requirements for color photographs.
Fees: Please see the Passport/Citizenship Fee Page.
Envelope: Include a stamped self-addressed envelope, A4 in size, for the return of your Consular Report of Birth Abroad certificate and passport. Please affix to the envelope a €5.75 regular postage stamp or a combination of stamps to the value of €5.75. We will return your documents to you by Express Post mail.
Consular Report of Birth Abroad certificates are printed in the U.S., You should allow approximately six weeks for passport and citizenship documentation to be returned to you.
All downloadable documents on this page are provided in PDF format. To view PDFs you must have a copy of Adobe Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Adobe Reader, download the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader here.
Please ignore the instructions on pages one and two of the DS-11 and follow the instructions on this page instead.