Reports of Birth Abroad
Congratulations on your child's birth!
If you are a U.S. citizen and the parent of a child born outside of the United States, you will need to document your child’s citizenship with a Consular Report of Birth Abroad. 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 U.S. passport and entering school. Please note, however, that you still need to acquire a birth certificate from the country of birth of your child. For example, if your child was born in Mexico, your child will need a Mexican birth certificate, as well as a Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
Complete application form DS-2029 (PDF 53KB)
You will need all of the following:
- The child’s foreign 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 have prior marriages, we need to see proof of how those marriages ended, and proof of your current marriage.
- A statement from either U.S. citizen parent and evidence that he or she lived in the U.S. long enough to transmit citizenship to his or her child. The statement you give is called an Affidavit of Parentage, Physical Presence, and Support (PDF 165KB).
- How long is long enough? This will depend on whether the parents are married, and whether one or both is a U.S. citizen. Learn more about transmitting citizenship here.
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, utility bills in the name of the parent, employment records, military records, and or medical records. The more you can provide, the easier it will be for the consular officer to approve the CRBA.
To apply for a CRBA at the Consulate General in Ciudad Juarez, please schedule an internet appointment
The current fee for a CRBA is $100.
You may apply for a passport -with, or instead of- the Consular Report of Birth, by presenting the above documentacion with a completed DS-11.
Additionally, there is a courier fee of $8.00 U.S. dollars per document, payable at the DHL counter at 2050 Lopez Mateos street in Juarez, Chihuahua; this payment is made after your CRBA and/or passport is approved. Additional instructions will be given to you by the approving Consular Officer.
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Turnaround time is approximately ten working days.
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