If you are a U.S. citizen and the parent of a child born out of the United States, you will need to document your child’s U.S. citizenship with a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). This document is used in the United States like a certified copy of a birth certificate, and it is acceptable evidence of citizenship for obtaining a passport or entering school in the USA.
For your CRBA application, please follow the three steps below:
Step 1: Application Form
Complete the DS-2029 (PDF 61.3 KB). Make sure that sections 1 to 15 are answered completely, as this information is mandatory.
Step 2: Supporting documents and fees
You will need all of the following:
- The child’s birth certificate.
- Proof of citizenship of the U.S. citizen parent(s). Your current passport is the preferred form of proof. Your U.S. birth certificate or naturalization certificate is also acceptable.
- 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.
- If you are married, a marriage certificate is the best form of proof. If you have prior marriages, you must prove they have ended. A divorce certificate is the best form of proof in this case.
- Evidence that U.S. citizen parent lived in the United States long enough to transmit citizenship to the child.
- The cost of CRBA is $100. Fees are collected in cash in U.S. dollars or the equivalent in ouguiya. You may also pay with credit card.
Note: All foreign language documents must be translated into English.
Step 3: Schedule an appointment
CRBA appointments are on Tuesday mornings and scheduled using an online system. Please click here to schedule an appointment.
For more information about applying for a CRBA, please visit the U.S. Department of State’s website on Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. If you have further questions, please contact us using the information on the right.