Consular Reports of Birth Abroad
The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240) is primary proof of American citizenship issued to a person under age 18 who was born abroad to American parent(s). Parents of a newborn American child should apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad at the Consular Section at their earliest convenience. Appointments are required for this service. Click here to make an appointment. Our ACS hours are Saturday-Wednesday 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm (closed on Mondays).
Most, but not all, children born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent, are eligible to be documented as U.S. citizens through issuance of a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and U.S. passport. For information on acquiring citizenship by birth abroad, click here.
In addition to the DS-2029, Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad, please bring the following documents with you to the appointment. All documentation, including the Saudi birth certificate, must be originals and should be in the English language or translated by one of the translators on file with the U.S. Embassy (PDF 65 KB) or an official translator in the country of origin.
Child's Birth Certificate
If the child is also a Saudi citizen, please provide the birth certificate issued by the Saudi Ministry of Interior. If the child is not also a Saudi citizen, please provide the birth certificate issued by the Saudi Ministry of Health. Note: The child's hospital birth certificate is not acceptable.
Evidence of American Citizenship of the Parent(s)
US Passport(s), Naturalization Certificate(s), and/or US Birth Certificate(s)
Both Parents' Photo Identification
Passports or Photo Identification Issued by a Government Authority
Parents' official marriage certificate
Note: Religious marriage records are not acceptable
If applicable, proof of termination of previous marriages
Divorce Decree, Death Certificate
$100 or 380 SAR. We accept cash only.
For children born to one U.S. citizen and one foreign national, the U.S. citizen parent should also complete an Affidavit of Parentage and Physical Presence and provide evidence that s/he has been physically present in the United States for at least 5 years prior to the child's birth, two of which must have been over the age of 14. Examples of such evidence are: school transcripts, income tax returns with Form W-2, Social Security earnings history, pay receipts, passport entry/exit stamps in current and previous passports, etc.
If you wish to apply for a US passport for your child, in addition to the Consular Report of Birth Abroad, click here.
If you wish to apply for a Social Security Number for your child, click here here. SSN applications are accepted at the Embassy but will be forwarded to the Regional Federal Benefits Unit at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.
If you wish to replace or amend a Consular Report of Birth Abroad that has already been issued, click here.