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Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) Apostille

Updated: May 15

What is a CRBA?

A child born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents may acquire U.S. citizenship at birth if certain requirements are met. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA, or Form FS-240) is a document that certifies a child acquired U.S. citizenship at birth. You should report the birth of a child born abroad at a U.S. embassy or consulate overseas before the child's 18th birthday. The U.S. embassy or consulate will issue the child a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA).

The application generally must be submitted in the consular district where the applicant was born and signed before a U.S. consular officer, a consular agent, or, in the case of children born in U.S. military hospitals, a designated military official. A CRBA is proof of U.S. citizenship; however, it is not a travel document and does not take the place of a passport for travel purposes. The Consular Report of Birth Abroad may be used in lieu of a U.S. birth certificate for many official purposes, such as registration of your child in school, employment, etc.

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How to apply for a CRBA?

You can apply for a CRBA by completing Form DS-2029. For instructions on how to apply for a CRBA, visit the webpage for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate in the country where your child was born and navigate to the American Citizens Service section. Please note the application must be signed in front of a consular officer, notary public, or other person qualified to administer oaths.

What does a CRBA Apostille look like?

Unlike all other documents, the Apostille of the CRBA (Consular Report of Birth Abroad) and CRDA (Consular Report of Death Abroad) are processed by a specific office within the US Department of State. The Apostille certificate will be issued on the newly produced CRBA. Our clients are not required to provide us with the original CRBA. All paperwork will be prepared by our team.

Below is a sample of an apostile certificate attached to a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) issued by the US Department of State.

CRBA Apostille Certificate Sample |
CRBA Apostille Certificate Sample |

How to Apostille a CRBA?

The US Department of State is responsible for issuing apostille certificates for CRBAs. Since the U.S. embassy or consulate will provide one original copy of an eligible child’s CRBA. We do not suggest using this original one to request an apostille. When you authorize us, we can request a copy of CRBA from the US Department of State and attach an apostille certificate to it.

Processing Time: you should expect to receive your document in 11 weeks. Because of the unique nature of the records, the US Department of State cannot provide expedited service.

Note: If your CRBA was created before November 1, 1990, the US Department of State may need to do a manual search at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) which will take 14-16 weeks to complete.

You may order the apostille service below by selecting the type of "CRBA".

The apostille and authentication process can be complicated. If you don't want to spend a lot of time and energy getting into it, your best bet is to let a professional do it for you. Once we receive your order and document, it'll be processed as soon as possible.

Besides CRBA, we also provide apostille, authentication, and embassy legalization services for other personal documents and corporate documents issued in 50 states and DC.

⬇️ Other personal and business documents we provide apostille and authentication services for are:

Personal Documents:

Business Documents:

  • Articles of Incorporation/Articles of Organization

  • Amendment

  • Company's Annual report (Statement of information)

  • Bylaws (Operating Agreements)

  • Good Standing Certificate

  • Business License

  • Meeting Minutes

  • Board Resolutions

  • Shareholders' Resolutions

  • Corporate Stock Ledger

  • Financial documents

  • Bank documents

  • Tax documents

  • Contracts

  • FDA documents

  • USPTO Patents and Trademarks


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