Reporting a Birth Abroad
Important Notice: To more efficiently serve U.S. Citizens, we have changed our appointment process and now require first-time passport and Consular Report of Birth applicants to submit copies of their application to our office before they will be granted an appointment. This change is effective April 21, 2015 and also applies to U.S. citizens seeking emergency passports.
All applications for Reports of Birth Abroad and first-time passports require an appointment. New passports take approximately three weeks to arrive in our office. You should apply at least one month in advance of any planned travel to allow time for your new passport to arrive. Please be aware that all U.S. citizens must be in possession of a valid U.S. passport to enter and exit the United States.
Children born abroad to U.S. citizen parents may have a claim to U.S. citizenship. If the parents meet the legal requirements to transmit citizenship to their child, the Consular Section will issue a Consular Report of Birth Abroad. The parents may also obtain a U.S. passport and social security number for the child. For details on the requirements for transmitting citizenship, please click here. Please note that at least one parent must have been a U.S. citizen at the time of your child’s birth in order to pass citizenship to your child.
We strongly recommend that you report the birth of your child as soon as possible after birth. It is not possible to issue a Consular Report of Birth Abroad for a child who is over the age of 18, but the child may still be documented as a U.S. citizen and issued a passport.
Applying for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad takes time. You should expect to spend between one to two hours at the Consular Section.
Steps to Applying for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad in Jerusalem
Applying for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and first-time passport at the Consulate General in Jerusalem includes three steps:
- Document Submission: Email your completed application form and preferred appointment day and time to the Consulate General.
- Review: Once we have reviewed your application, we will email you your appointment day and time.
- Appointment: Come to the Consulate General at the appointed day and time with all of your application forms and required original documents, as well as any additional documents requested by consular staff. Please read our security requirements closely. You will be required to leave your baby carriage at our security checkpoint.
In addition, please take note of the following important points:
- While applying for the Consular Report of Birth Abroad, you may also apply for a passport and Social Security number for your child. For details on the requirements for a passport application, please click here. To apply for a Social Security number for your child, you must complete this form (PDF 238 KB) and bring it with you to your appointment.
- Only one U.S. citizen parent needs to come to the Consular Section to apply for a Consular Report of Birth. However, if you are also applying for a passport for your child, the child must be present and both parents must either appear or provide notarized consent for the passport's issuance. For further information, please visit this page.
To submit your application materials for review and receive an appointment for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad,
Copies of Documents
The U.S. Consulate General Jerusalem is often asked how people can obtain copies of vital documents that were issued in the U.S.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a U.S. government entity, offers state-specific information on how to obtain copies of birth, marriage, divorce, and death certificates issued in the United States.
Please follow this link to the Centers for Disease Control's National Center for Health Statistics, which will guide you through the process. You may follow this link to view/download the PDF version of this information (431.15 KB).