Consular Report of Birth Abroad

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U.S. CONSULAR REPORT OF BIRTH ABROAD (CRBA)

A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if certain statutory requirements are met.

By law, the CRBA application must be made before the child’s 18th birthday

A CRBA is the only citizenship document that includes the relationship between the child and the parent(s).

A CRBA, like a U.S. Birth Certificate cannot be used for travel. Thus, we recommend that you apply for your child’s U.S. passport and social security number at the same time that you apply for the CRBA. All three applications may be submitted together at your scheduled appointment.

Once your child has a CRBA (proof of U.S. citizenship), even if your child holds another nationality, he or she must enter and exit the United States on a U.S. passport. He/she may NOT enter the U.S. using ESTA or on any foreign passport.

**Please note, the child must be physically present at the interview in order to approve issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad**

CLICK HERE TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO REPORT THE BIRTH ABROAD OF A CHILD OF A U.S. CITIZEN AND/OR APPLY FOR THE CHILD’S FIRST PASSPORT, AND/OR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
   
REPORT OF BIRTH ABROAD APPLICATION U.S. PASSPORT APPLICATION U.S. SOCIAL SECURITY CARD APPLICATION
  • Documentation to prove Transmission of U.S. Citizenship by parent(s) (original and one copy)
  • CHILD MUST BE PRESENT AT INTERVIEW
  • Completed, printed Form DS-2029 (PDF 110 KB) (downloadable online)
  • Child’s original French birth certificate (copie integrale)
  • One copy and original of both parents’ Valid Government-Issued Photo ID
  • Marriage certificate (copy and original), if applicable
  • Proof of divorce(s), (copy and original), if applicable
  • Prior Report of Birth Abroad (copy and original), if another child in family already has a CRBA
  • A self-addressed, pre-paid return envelope – Chronopost for France, Collissimo, or a Lettre suivie 500g size A4 only
  • BOTH PARENTS MUST BE PRESENT AT INTERVIEW FOR CHILDREN UNDER 16
  • Please follow the instructions and links provided here
  • Please complete the Social Security Form SS-5 form (PDF 123 KB);
  • Submit the child’s French birth certificate (copie integrale);
  • Submit a copy of the American parent’s passport.