Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240)
The birth of a child abroad to U.S. citizen parent(s) should be reported as soon as possible so that a Consular Report of Birth Abroad can be issued as an official record of the child’s claim to U.S. citizenship. Report the birth of your child abroad at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
The Panama Canal Zone before October 1, 1979
|Other Citizenship Documents Issued to U.S. Citizens Born Abroad:|
Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350)
As of December 31, 2010 the Department of State no longer issues Certifications of Report of Birth (DS-1350). All previously issued DS-1350s are still valid for proof of identity, citizenship and other legal purposes. You may now request multiple copies of a Consular Report of Birth (FS-240).
The Consular Report of Birth and the Certificate of Citizenship are equally acceptable as proof of U.S. citizenship. An application for a Certificate of Citizenship may be submitted in the United States at the nearest office of the Department of Homeland Security’s U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services.
|More Secure Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA):|
In January 2011, the Department of State began issuing a redesigned FS-240 Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). This new CRBA has been updated with a variety of state of the art security features, and is printed centrally in the United States. U.S. embassies and consulates no longer print CRBAs locally. The central production and the elimination of blank FS-240s around the world help ensure uniform quality and reduce the vulnerability to fraud.
The previous version of the FS-240 continues to be a valid proof of U.S. citizenship in accordance with 22 U.S.C 2705.