Report of Birth Abroad
Registration of Birth Abroad
The birth of a child abroad to eligible U.S. citizen parent(s) should be reported as soon as possible to the nearest American consular office for the purpose of establishing an official record of the child’s claim to U.S. citizenship at birth. The U.S. Embassy in Malta processes Consular Reports of Birth to children born in Malta to eligible American Citizens.
Please refer to this checklist to assist you during in gathering the required documentation. You will need to compile an application scheduled an appointment for each applicant (the child). Many of the documents require you submit both an original and photocopy. If you do not bring a photocopy as indicated, you will be charged for each page that needs to be copied. The documents should be placed in the same order as is shown in the checklist with the original on top of the copy.
In addition to this list, a personal appearance by the applicant (the child) is required.
- Photos of applicant You will need two identical passport photographs, 2in x 2in (5cm x 5cm) set against a white background for the child.
- Unsigned completed “Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad” (DS-2029). Do not sign!
- If applying for a passport, unsigned, completed “Application for a U.S. Passport” (DS-11). Do not sign!
For children under the age of 16 both parents/legal guardians are required to come in person.
- For passport applications for children under the age of 16 if one parent/guardian is absent, a signed original “Statement of Consent” (DS-3053) from the absent parent notarized by a U.S. commissioned notary must be submitted. The document is valid for 90 days after the date of signature.
- Completed Application for Social Security Number (SS-5)
- Child’s Birth Certificate The child’s birth certificate is required. Please bring the original Birth Certificate and one photocopy.
- Photo identification and growing up photos of child This is required for school-aged children. Please bring the original school ID and one photocopy. Growing up photos should begin as near to birth as possible spanning to the present.
- Evidence of parents’ U.S. citizenship The U.S. citizen parent(s) must present his/her current and expired U.S. passports and a photocopy of each passport and each page. A notarized copy of the current U.S. passport and its pages is acceptable in lieu of the original. If the U.S. citizen parent was naturalized, he/she must bring the original Certificate of Naturalization and one photocopy.
- Passport/Identification document for non-U.S. citizen parent A non-U.S. citizen parent must bring his/her passport or two other forms of photo identification, such as postal ID, Senior Citizen's ID, Voter's ID, or digitized government-issued IDs like SSS, PRC, BIR, or Driver's License. Please bring the original ID and one photocopy of each.
- Parents’ marriage certificate, if applicable Please bring the original Marriage Certificate and one photocopy.
- If the parents were not married at the time of the birth of the applicant, a completed “Affidavit of Paternity and Support” (DS-5507) is required for an applicant born to an unmarried U.S. citizen father. Do not sign the document if the father will be present at the interview. If the father will not be present, the form must be signed by the father and notarized by a U.S. commissioned notary. If the father is deceased, an original Death Certificate and photocopy must be submitted.
- Divorce and Annulment Decrees/Death Certificates, if applicable The mother and/or father will need to show termination of all prior marriages. Please bring certified translations if the decrees or certificates are not in English.
- Evidence of physical presence The U.S. citizen parent must bring proof of living in the United States for five years prior to the child’s birth, two of which must be after the age of 14. Regularly available documents that may establish your physical presence in the U.S. include Transcripts from High School and/or College, Income Tax Returns and W2s, old passports, and a DD-214 Separation Statement (Military Members only). Other documents may be submitted to evidence presence. Please bring the documents and one photocopy.
- Evidence of the couple’s relationship prior to the conception of the applicant The burden of proving a claim to U.S. citizenship, including blood relationship, is on the person making such claim. Photos prior to the time of conception, letters, and other correspondence may help establish the couple’s relationship prior to the conception of the applicant. Genetic testing is a useful tool for verifying a stated biological relationship when no other form of credible evidence is available in conjunction with a CRBA or Passport application.
- Non-Refundable Application Fee The fee for a Consular Report of Birth is $100. The fee for a child’s passport under 16 is $105; for those 16 and over, the fee is $135. The cashier at the Embassy accepts cash (either Dollars or Euro) and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, or Diners Club).