Report Birth Abroad, First Passport, and U.S. Social Security Card

  1. Report Birth Abroad, First Passport, and U.S. Social Security Card
  2. Renounce U.S. Citizenship

We require that passport application DS-11, and the CRBA application DS-2029, be completed online and printed from a laser printer on one-sided pages only.  

If you choose to submit a hand-written application or print the application on a non-laser printer, this could cause delays in processing your application.

Before you schedule your child’s online appointment (below) at the Embassy in Paris or U.S. Consulates General in Marseille or Strasbourg, please complete all the required forms. You will need to provide both original documents and copies thereof.  Remember to use the checklist to schedule your child’s appointment. 

For a Consular Report of Birth Abroad application, only one parent is required to accompany the child to the interview.  If you are applying concurrently for the child’s first passport, both parents must appear before the consular officer in order to complete the application.  If this is not possible, the missing parent must submit a notarized form DS-3053 statement of the consent.  The form can be downloaded here (PDF – 42 KB).  The child must be present at the time of the appointment.

The application form for the Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is called a DS-2029.

We require that all passport applications and DS-2029 application be completed online and printed from a laser printer on one-sided pages only.  If you choose to submit a hand-written application or print the application on a non-laser printer, this could cause delays in processing your application.

Complete Form DS-2029 (PDF 103 KB) online.  DO NOT SIGN.

You will need all of the following (a-f) and submit photocopies of each for your child’s file:

a.  The child’s original French birth certificate (copie integrale) is proof of the relationship between the U.S. citizen parent(s) and the child. Your child’s birth certificate with both parents’ names on it is the best form of proof.

b.  If your child was born in another country or one of the French départment d’Outre Mer and Territoire d’Outre-Mer (DOM TOM) please email CRBAParis@state.govThere are special procedures for your case;

c. Proof of parent(s)’ U.S. citizenship: A valid U.S. passport is the preferred form of proof. U.S. birth certificates or naturalization certificates are also acceptable.

d. Identification document of the non-U.S. parent.  A valid passport is the preferred form of proof.

e.  If you are married, we need to see proof of your marital status. If you have been previously married, please provide proof (such as a divorce decree or death certificate) of how any previous marriages ended.

f. Evidence of physical presence from either U.S. citizen parent.

  • How long is long enough?That will depend on whether the parents are married, and whether one or both is a U.S. citizen. Learn more about transmitting citizenship here.
  • Have you registered the birth of another child born overseas with a U.S. embassy before?  Please bring that child’s original CRBA, along with other supporting documents.
  • How you prove you were physically present will depend a lot on your situation. There is no one-size-fits-all answer.  Some examples of acceptable evidence include school transcripts, old passports, income tax returns, employment and military records. The more you can provide, the easier it will be for the consular officer to approve the CRBA.

The application form for the minor’s passport is called a DS-11.  Please enter 000-00-0000 for the child’s Social Security Number.

Go to DS-11 form (online passport wizard).  This form must be filled in online and not by hand.  DO NOT SIGN .

Provide Supporting Documents and copies of each:

  1. Proof of citizenship of the U.S. citizen parent(s). Examples of acceptable proof: a current passport, U.S. birth certificate, or naturalization certificate. Please bring the original document AND one photocopy;
  2. Identification document of the non-U.S. parent (ie, current passport, carte d’identite);
  3. One copy of child’s foreign birth certificate;
  4. One standard U.S. passport photo; completing
  5. Parental Consent:  Either both parents must appear with the baby, or the missing parent must provide his/her notarized consent: Form DS-3053 “Statement of Consent” (PDF-51 KB).  For more information see Provide Parental Consent (Step 6).

The application for a social security number is called SS-5.

Go to the SS-5 form (PDF 122 KB).

Supporting Documents:

  • One copy of each U.S. citizen parent’s passport;
  • One copy of the child’s foreign birth certificate.

See fees and payment methods for the Consular Report of Birth Abroad  and the first U.S. Passport Application.

Fees are payable in US dollars or Euros, in cash or by credit card.  We do not accept any personal checks.

Return envelope requirements, please provide ONE of the following:

  • A self-addressed Colissimo pret-a-envoyer 1kg, or
  • A self-addressed Chronopost envelope (PDF – 222 KB)  for France métropolitaine for the return of passports. Please keep top copy of delivery information with bar code and tracking number for your records (one envelope can contain up to 6 passports).

Before you schedule your child’s online appointment  please make sure you have prepared ALL the required CRBA documentation, your child’s first passport application and U.S. social security application for your interview with the consul.

Paris: see checklist and appointment page.

Please contact the U.S. Consulate General in Strasbourg for an appointment.

 

 

 

 

For more information please refer to the State Department Bureau of Consular Affairs website pages.