Report Birth Abroad

Applying for a Report of Birth, U.S. Passport and Social Security Number

Congratulations on your child’s birth!

The Consular Report of Birth Abroad serves as proof of acquisition of U.S. citizenship at the moment of the child’s birth, and is acceptable evidence for obtaining a U.S. passport and for other purposes where one must show a birth certificate or proof of citizenship.  Parents should apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad as soon as possible after the child’s birth.  It cannot be issued if the child is already 18 years of age or older.

Please complete and bring the items indicated on the checklist below with the necessary forms to your appointment.

Note:

  • You must bring the original documents and its photocopies.
  • You must provide English translations for all documents in a foreign language.
  • There is no walk-in service for American citizens who require service related to passports or birth registration. Please let us know when you are ready by sending us an email to PodgoricaACS@state.gov with your full name (for each person required to attend) and we will schedule an appointment for you.

CRBA Checklist

Consular Report of Birth Application (DS-2029)

Passport Application (DS-11)

Social Security Number Application (SS-5)

Child’s Birth Certificate

  • Please bring the original birth certificate, along with its English translation. We recommend that you request an international version of the birth certificate, as it will be issued in multiple languages, including English.

Parents’ Marriage Certificate

  • Please bring your original government-issued Marriage Certificate.
  • If married in the United States, you need to bring the original U.S. city/county/state-issued Marriage Certificate.
  • Proof of termination of all prior marriages for both parents
  • Please bring original divorce decree(s) or Death Certificate(s) for all prior marriages, if applicable.

Evidence of Parent’s U.S. Citizenship

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship can be demonstrated by the following: A full validity U.S. passport (currently valid or expired); Certified U.S. birth certificate (should have a seal, registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office – hospital birth certificates are not acceptable); Consular report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240/FS-1350); Certificate of Naturalization; Certificate of Citizenship. Military ID cards and social security numbers are NOT proof of citizenship.

Affidavit of Parentage, Physical Presence and Support (DS-5507)

  • In cases where the parents were not married at the time of the child’s birth, the U.S. citizen parent must complete Form DS-5507(35.2 KB). Do not sign the form.
  • Parents who were not married at the time of the child’s birth also need to bring in evidence of their physical presence together at the time of the child’s conception (i.e. passport stamps, military travel orders) as well as proof of their relationship prior to the child’s birth (i.e. letters, photos).

Evidence of physical presence

  • If only one of the parents is a U.S. citizen, he or she must bring proof of physical presence in the United States prior to the child’s birth. Primary evidence that may establish your physical presence in the U.S. include: Transcripts from high school and/or college, and Wage Statements, DD214 Separation Statement (for Military Members). Secondary evidence includes: Credit Card Bills, Utility bills, Tax forms, Airline ticket stubs, former/current passport showing stamps.

Both Parents’ IDs

  • Present one valid proof of ID, such as a valid passport of any country; a valid driver’s license with photograph; a valid national identity card with photograph; a valid U.S. or State government ID card; or a valid U.S. military ID card.
  • For foreign national spouses, please bring passports.

Application Fee

  • Please see current Consular Fees. The fee for this service is paid at the time of your appointment at the Embassy, in cash or by credit card. We accept both U.S. dollars and Euros.

Photos

  • Provide on color photo, sized 5 cm x 5 cm, taken within the last six months, full face, front view with a plain white background. Remember, no eyeglasses please!

Updated: October, 2016