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Consular Report of Death of an American Citizen Abroad (CRODA)

Consular Report of Death of an American Citizen Abroad (CRODA)

The “Consular Report of Death of an American Citizen Abroad” is an official report that provides the essential facts concerning the death of a U.S. citizen and is based on the French death certificate.

In order to assist you with legal matters that may arise as a result of the death of your relative, certified copies of the “Consular Report of Death of an American Citizen Abroad” prepared by the U.S. Embassy will be forwarded to you as soon as possible. This document is in English and can generally be used in U.S. courts to help settle estate matters, bank accounts, insurance policies, and similar matters.

To complete the Report of the Death Abroad, the next-of-kin or legal representative will have to providing us with the information and documents indicated below. You may send the documents by mail to the address provided below, or send scanned copies to citizeninfo@state.gov, with the exception of the valid U.S. passport which must be sent to our office address (Attn: Special Consular Services Unit).

  • A French death certificate issued by the city hall (full copy “copie intégrale). 
  • Address in the U.S.
  • Address in France
  • The most recent U.S. passport (if still valid), which will be canceled and returned to you.  If you are in the U.S., the valid passport may be cancelled by following the instructions on this link, under “How do I cancel the passport of a deceased relative?”
  • A doctor’s letter stating that the cause of death was natural (“certificat de mort naturelle”) or a “certificat de décès (volet bleu)”.  If not available, please provide the contact information for the physician and the funeral home. 
  • Place of burial (indicate if the deceased was cremated or buried).
  • Name, relationship, mailing and email addresses of the custodian of personal effects.  
  • Name, relationship, mailing and email addresses of the recipients of the Report of Death.     

The U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate General will issue a Consular Report of Death Abroad based on the French death certificate.  This document is necessary to settle legal and estate matters in the United States.  For more information on this document, please see Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad .


Electronic Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Non-Citizen National Abroad

As of November 29, 2023, the U.S. Embassy in Paris issues form DS-2060, U.S. Department of State Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Non-Citizen National Abroad (CRODA), electronically. The electronic CRODA contains the digital signature of the consular officer who signed the form with a time and date stamp when it was signed on the form’s Signature on all copies line, the typed name and title of that consular officer, and the U.S. Embassy Paris digital seal to the left of the digital signature.

Please do not hesitate to contact the Special Consular Citizens Services Section at the U.S. Embassy in Paris at citizeninfo@state.gov if you have any further questions.

If the death occurred in southern France, (region of Marseille, Nice or Toulouse) you may also contact the Consulate General in Marseille by telephone, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 01.43.12.47.54, or 011.33.1.43.12.47.54 when dialed from the United States, except, on French and American holidays, after business hours and on weekends.  You may also write to us at: CitizeninfoMarseille@state.gov .

For emergency information the Embassy’s Duty Officer can be reached by telephone after working hours and on weekends by dialing: 01.43.12.22.22 in France, and 011.33.1.43.12.22.22 from the United States.

General Procedure

When we learn of the death of an American in the Paris Consular District, we will determine as quickly as possible who the next-of-kin of the deceased is and contact that person by telephone immediately. There are several important actions that the next-of-kin must take in conjunction with the SCS unit.

You may reach us in Paris for this service, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., except on French and American holidays at: 01.43.12.22.22 from France, or when dialed from the U.S. 011.33.1.43.12.22.22, after business hours and on weekends. You may also write to: Citizeninfo@state.gov

If the death occurred in southern France (region of Marseille, Nice or Toulouse), you may contact the Consulate General in Marseille by telephone, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 01 43 12 47 54, or 011.33.1.43.12.47.54 when dialed from the United States, except, on French and American holidays, after business hours and on weekends.  You may also write to: CitizeninfoMarseille@state.gov

If the death occurred in eastern France (region of Strasbourg, départements of Meuse, Bas-Rhin, Haut-Rhin, Meurthe et Moselle, Moselle, Vosges), you may contact the Consulate General in Strasbourg by telephone, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at 01.43.12.47.11, or 011.33.1.43.12.47.11 when dialed from the United States, except, on French and American holidays, after business hours and on weekends.  You may also write to: USAstrasbourg@state.gov