Required Documents

You are required to complete but NOT sign the following forms

  • Form DS-2029 – Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
  • Form DS-11 – Application for a Passport. Before you begin, see our YouTube video for instructions on completing the form. (opens in new tab).  Complete the form online and print.  Do NOT sign it.  You are required to sign the form before a consular officer.  
  • Form SS-5 – Application for a Social Security Number.  Note: The Embassy in London can only accept this form if your child is under the age of 5 and is also applying for a full validity passport.  If the child is 5 or over, you will be required to wait until the passport is issued and apply for the social security number through the Federal Benefits Unit.  If you are applying in Belfast or Edinburgh, it is not possible to submit an SS-5 form with any report of birth application; you will be required to wait until the passport is issued and apply for the social security number through the Federal Benefits Unit.

You are required to present the forms together with the following documents:  If any of the documents are not in English, please bring a translation by an authorized translator. 

  • Child’s U.K. birth certificate:  Long form U.K. birth certificate listing both the child and parents’ information.  Short form birth certificates listing just the child are not acceptable.  Please bring the original and 3 photocopies of the document; 
  • Marriage certificate:  An original or court certified copy of the marriage certificate issued by the appropriate authorities in the country in which the marriage took place. Church/Religious certificates are not acceptable. If the parents are not married, this is not required.  Please bring the original and 1 photocopy of the document;
  • Divorce or death certificate:  If either parent has been married previously, they should present the original or court certified divorce decree or death certificate for all previous marriages.  Please bring the original and 1 photocopy of the document;
  • Evidence of the parent(s) U.S. citizenship. The U.S. citizen parent(s) must present his/her U.S. passport. If the U.S. citizen parent was naturalized, the original Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship is required.  Please bring the original plus 3 photocopies of the bio page of the passport or Certificate of Naturalization or Citizenship;
  • Proof of Physical Presence in the United States of the U.S. citizen parent(s). The U.S. citizen parent(s) will be asked to present proof of their physical presence in
    the United States.  Good examples of proof of physical presence include school records, employment records, university transcripts, current and expired passports with evidence of travel to the United States. Please refer to our website to review the physical presence requirements for transmission of citizenship and ensure you are bringing sufficient evidence to demonstrate the length of presence in the U.S. required for your circumstances.
  • Passport/identification document for non-U.S. citizen parent: The non-U.S. citizen parent must bring his/her passport or other government issued photo identification document. Please bring the original and 3 photocopies of the biographic page of the document; 
  • Child’s U.K. or other foreign passport if they have been issued one. Please bring the original and 1 photocopy of the biographic page of the document; 
  • Passport photograph for the child.  One passport sized (2×2 inch) photograph – see photo requirements for specific information.  Photos which do not meet the requirements will be rejected.
  • Application Fee(s) 

We cannot review documents in advance of the appointment. Please bring as much documentation showing evidence of physical presence as you have available for the officer to review.  If additional information is required, you will be advised during the appointment.

You may download the checklist as a one-page PDF here.  You are not required to bring the checklist with you; it is for your information only.

To help you further prepare for your appointment and find your way to the U.S. Embassy in London, please also see our appointment guide (PDF/ 2-pages/ color).