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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.

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.

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

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 (95 Euros) payable in dollars or Euros for the Consular Report of Birth.

105 USD (100 Euros) payable in dollars or Euros for the minor’s passport.

Security at the Consulate General

We strongly advise that you do not bring large bags, such as backpacks, suitcases or packages to the Consular Section as there are no storage facilities on Consulate grounds. Security guards will hold small tourist cameras and cell phones until your departure, but there is no storage available for any other large items — please do not bring them at the time of your appointment.



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, the U.S. Consulate General in Marseille, or the U.S. Consulate General in Strasbourg.

Accessing Consular Waiting Room

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