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Report Birth Abroad

U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad, First Passport, and U.S. Social Security Applications

If you are a U.S. citizen and the parent of a child born out of the United States, you will need to document your child’s U.S. citizenship with a Consular Report of Birth Abroad:

A Consular Report of Birth Abroad is a formal document certifying the acquisition of U.S. citizenship at birth by a person born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent(s).  In other words, it is proof of U.S. citizenship. 

Before you schedule your appointment at the Embassy, please complete all the required forms.  We will need to see original documents and will also need to receive from you copies of the originals that will be kept as part of your record.

STEP ONE:  Materials Needed for a Complete File

Three different application forms:

  1. one for the report of birth — DS-2029;
  2. one for the passport— DS-11* (passport application must be filled in online, and not by hand);
  3. one for the U.S. social security card — SS-5.

One set of supporting documents with each application

One Chronopost envelope for France métropolitaine (available at all French post offices);

One online appointment for children and parents.  Please note that the child or children must be present at the interview.


100 USD (80 Euros) payable in dollars or Euros for the Consular Report of Birth.

105 USD (84 Europs) payable in dollars or Euros Euros for the minor’s passport.

STEP TWO:  Each application needs to be completed and submitted with specific documents as detailed in these instructions.

Security at the Embassy 
For security reasons, do not bring luggage including large backpacks, laptop computers, or large cameras.  Security guards will hold small tourist cameras and cell phones until your departure, but there is no storage available for other items — please do not bring them to the Embassy.

U.S. Embassy
Passport and Citizenship Unit
4, avenue Gabriel
75382 Paris Cedex 08

Please note: We require that all applications be filled out online and printed from a laser printer.  If you choose to submit a hand-written application or print the application on a non-laser printer, this could cause delays in processing your application.  Thank you for your understanding.



Closure of American Citizen Services at APP Lyon

Effective October 1, 2014, American Presence Post (APP) in Lyon will no longer accept applications for U.S. passports and birth registrations, Social Security numbers and other federal benefits, or provide notarial services.   

As of September 30, 2014, all U.S. passport applications, reports of birth abroad applications and notarial services must be scheduled at either the U.S. Embassy in Paris or the U.S. Consulate General in Marseille. Limited services presently available at the American Presence Post in Lyon will cease September 30, 2014.  Read more here..

Accessing Consular Waiting Room

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