Consular Report of Birth Abroad Checklist

Arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time.  Applicants are subject to screening and may not bring in electronics – review our guidelines for visiting the Embassy or Consulate.

You must bring the original documents, or certified copy, and their single-sided photocopies for all the documents below. You must provide English translations for all foreign language documents.  Original documents will be returned to you.

Application (not applicable if submitting application online via MyTravelGov account): Completed and printed DS-2029 form.  Do not leave any item blank. If a question does not apply, mark “N/A” (not applicable).  Important: Accurately complete the physical presence dates of the U.S. citizen parent(s) prior to the child’s birth on item 2j, page 2.

  • The application must be signed in front of a consular officer, notary public, or other person qualified to administer oaths.
  • If one parent is not a U.S. citizen or if the U.S. citizen parent who is transmitting citizenship to your child is not present when applying for a CRBA, that parent should complete Form DS-5507 as supporting evidence, and it can be used to list the periods of time they spent in the United States.
  • If your child was born out-of-wedlock, and the father is a U.S. citizen or non-citizen U.S national, use Form DS-5507 to acknowledge the child and voluntarily agree to financially support them. Form DS-5507 must be signed by the father at a U.S. embassy or consulate or in front of a U.S. or foreign official who registers births or who is responsible for oaths.

Application Fee (not applicable if submitting payment online via The $100 U.S. dollar CRBA application fee must be paid at the appointment in cash (U.S. dollars or Indian rupees) or by credit card.

Indian Birth Certificate: The original certificate issued by the local authorities (including English translation, if applicable).  The certificate must include the name of the child.

Proof of Parent’s Citizenship: At least one of the following documents for the U.S. citizen parent(s): U.S. passport (valid or recently expired), original U.S. birth certificate, or original Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship (if not born in the USA).  To qualify for a CRBA, the U.S. citizen parent must have been a U.S. citizen prior to the child’s birth.

Proof of Parents’ Identity: Valid passports, U.S. driver’s license, Indian Aadhar card, etc.

Proof of Relationship: Proof of the relationship between the U.S. citizen parent(s) and the child.  Bring evidence of the relationship between the parents, evidence the parents were in the same place at the time of conception, prenatal records (see below), and fertility agency documentation, if applicable.

Proof of Pregnancy: Original documents of prenatal/birth records and/or other evidence of mother’s pregnancy.  If any method of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) was used to facilitate the child’s conception, appropriate medical records or medical documentation to establish the biological/genetic relationship between the child and his/her U.S. citizen parent(s) will be required.

Marriage/Divorce Certificate(s): If the parents are married, provide the original or certified copy of the marriage certificate and divorce certificates/orders or death decrees that terminated any prior marriages, if applicable.

Physical Presence: 

  • Physical presence is the actual time when the parent was physically standing in the United States, not simply holding a status as a resident.
  • This means that any travel outside the United States, including vacation, should be excluded. Physical presence in the United States can be any time before the child’s birth.  This can include the time before the U.S. citizen parent was naturalized as a U.S. citizen.
  • The period of physical presence in the United States required to transmit citizenship depends on the child’s date of birth and the marital status of the parents. Review the requirements here.
  • You must provide documentary evidence of physical presence such as current and expired passports, transcripts from high school and/or college, wage statements, DD214 Separation Statement (for military members), credit card bills, airline ticket stubs, and immigration paperwork. Please note that this list is not exhaustive. If you are unable to provide sufficient evidence, the application may be placed on hold until you submit further documentation.

U.S. Passport Application: If you will apply for the child’s U.S. passport at this appointment, you must provide the following:

  • Application Form DS-11  – Complete online and print out single-sided.  Enter “000-00-0000” for Social Security Number.  Do not sign the form!  The DS-11 form must be completed using the link above; other versions of the form are not accepted.  If one parent is unable to appear in person, please click here.
  • U.S. passport-style photo of the child.  One new 5×5 cm photo that meets all photo requirements.
  • Application Fee: The $135 U.S. dollar passport application fee must be paid at the appointment in cash (U.S. dollars or Indian rupees) or by credit card.  All application fees are nonrefundable.

Courier Delivery Fee:  Click here for information on courier delivery fees.

Applying for a Social Security Number 

Please note that an application for a Social Security Number can only be submitted after receiving the original Consular Report of Birth Abroad and Passport. To obtain a Social Security Number for your child, see further details here.