Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) definition

The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) indicates when a person has been born abroad or at a U.S. military base outside the United States. Parents must register a child’s birth abroad at the local consulate or embassy. T

The Consular Report of Birth Abroad is also called Form FS-240 and it can be used as proof of U.S. citizenship. When a child is born abroad, when the parents apply for the CRBA, they can also apply for the child’s U.S. passport. Whenever a child with rights to U.S. citizenship is born abroad, parents should apply for the CRBA as soon as possible.

Although CRBA applications can be made at any time before the 18th birthday, parents are encouraged by the Government "to apply for their child’s Social Security Number and U.S. Passport at the same time as applying for their CRBA".

The CRBA serves as proof of U.S. citizenship and can be used to register to school, get a U.S. passport, and many other official purposes. The Department of State will maintain all registered records of births abroad.

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