Claiming U.S. Citizenship

Due to reduced staffing the U.S. Embassy in London is currently providing emergency services only until further notice.

Full validity passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad are not currently available due to the temporary suspension of operations at printing centers in the United States. Given the ongoing situation, we do not have an estimate for when regular passport operations will resume.  If you have previously applied for a passport or citizenship service, you should expect significant delays.

If you have not yet submitted an application and you do not have urgent travel plans, please do not mail new applications to the Embassy until standard operations have resumed. We are not currently scheduling appointments for routine applications that require in-person appearances.  We are not able to provide a timeframe for when normal services will resume. Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s website for updates.

If you have an urgent need to travel for which you require a U.S. passport we may be able to assist with issuing a limited-validity emergency passport.  Due to the volume of inquiries we are currently receiving we ask that you contact us ten days in advance of confirmed travel. Please click here to visit our Frequently Asked Questions for further details and information about how to contact us.

If you have been issued any of the following documents, you may immediately begin your application for your first U.S. passport. If you are no longer in possession of any of these documents, you must obtain a certified copy from the issuing authority.

A U.S. Birth Certificate – for certified copies, please contact the state in which you were born. The National Center for Health Statistics maintains a list of states’ contact information for this purpose;

A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (Form FS-240) – for certified copies, please contact the Passport Services Office at the Department of State;

A U.S. Certificate of Citizenship – for certified copies, please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;

A U.S. Naturalization Certificate – for certified copies, please contact the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;

A passport of your U.S. citizen parent(s) in which you are included – for a copy of your parents’ passport records, please contact the Passport Services Office at the Department of State.

Once you are in possession of one of the listed documents, please see our instructions for applying for your first U.S. passport.

If you were born outside the United States and have not been previously documented as a U.S. citizen and are:

  • Under the age of 18: please see our instructions for obtaining a Consular Report of Birth Abroad;
  • Over the age of 18: you should review the information concerning transmission requirements to see if your parent(s) had the prerequisite physical presence in the United States required by U.S. citizenship law in effect at that time. If, based on this information, you believe you have a claim to U.S. citizenship, please click here and follow the instructions provided.