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February 7, 2024

Checklist and Original Documents: CRBA

Checklist and Original Documents

  • Child’s Birth Certificate – This document must show the name(s) of the parent or parents.  Short-form birth certificates generally are not acceptable for documenting your child as a U.S. citizen. Original and two photocopies
  • Evidence of U.S. Citizenship and Identity – The U.S. citizen parent or parents must submit proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. An unexpired, full validity U.S. passport is the preferred form of proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. We also accept as proof of U.S. citizenship a U.S. birth certificate or a Certificate of Naturalization or Certificate of Citizenship issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security if you also present a valid U.S. government or U.S. state government-issued photo identification document. Original and two photocopies. (If submitting a U.S. passport, submit two photocopies of the photo/biographical page only instead of copying the entire passport).
  • Passport/Identification Document for Non-U.S. Citizen Parent – A non-U.S. citizen parent must bring their unexpired foreign passport or other valid government-issued photo identification document. Original and two photocopies. (If submitting a foreign passport, submit two photocopies of the photo/biographical page only instead of copying the entire passport).
  • Parents’ Current Marriage Certificate (If Applicable) – If the marriage certificate is in a language other than English or the local language, you must provide a certified translation. Original and one photocopy of the Certificate.
  • Marriage Dissolution Documentation (If Applicable) – For parents with prior marriages, we require divorce decrees, annulments, or death certificates showing that the marriages have ended, and when they ended.  If your document is in a language other than English or the local language, you must provide a certified translation. Original and one photocopy of the divorce decree or death certificate.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizen Parent’s Physical Presence or Residence in the United States Before the Child’s Birth
    • Primary evidence of physical presence in the United States or abroad while employed by the U.S. government or other qualifying organization or as the dependent child of a person so employed includes:  Original school transcripts, records of military service (DD-214) showing nature of discharge (if any), Social Security income statements, and employment records. Original and one photocopy.
    • Secondary evidence might include:  income tax returns filed in the United States, utility bills, medical records, former/current passports with stamps, airline ticket stubs, credit card bills, or notarized affidavits from former/current employers. Original and one photocopy.
  • Affidavit of Physical Presence or Residence, Parentage and Support  (If Applicable) – A U.S. citizen father of a child born abroad out of wedlock and/or a non-applying U.S. citizen parent may complete and submit the DS-5507 Affidavit of Physical Presence or Residence, Parentage and Support     (pdf).  The form must be signed and notarized, and should be submitted to the embassy, consulate, or office providing consular services where the CRBA application (DS-2029) is submitted, along with a copy of the same government-issued identity document presented to the person who  notarizes the form DS-5507. If the U.S. citizen parent who is transmitting citizenship to the child is not present when applying for a CRBA, that parent should complete Form DS-5507   as supporting evidence, which can be used to list the periods of time they spent in the United States. Original notarized document and one photocopy of photo identification document.
    • NOTE: Only a U.S. citizen father of a child born abroad out of wedlock must complete the affidavit of paternity and agreement to provide financial support.