Applying For a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)
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 (CRBA) and a first time passport for your child will be processed at the same time. Instructions for the CRBA application are below. Instructions for how to apply for your minor child’s passport are available separately here.
On the day of your interview, you must submit the required forms and documentation. Failure to follow the instructions may result in delays in processing your application. If any required documents are missing, you may have to return to the Embassy. Please carefully review the information below to avoid multiple trips to the Embassy.
Once approved, the Consular Report of Birth Abroad will generally be ready for pick-up in 15 business days in Tegucigalpa and 3-4 weeks in San Pedro Sula.
Personal Appearance by Your Child
Your child, even a newborn, must appear in person with both parents at our office at the time you make the application. There are no exceptions possible for this requirement.
Who can apply in Honduras?
The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa can accept Consular Report of Birth Abroad applications for all of the children of U.S. citizens regardless of where they were born. However, we must forward applications for children born outside of Honduras to the U.S. Embassy with jurisdiction over the country where the child was born. This can cause the delays in the processing time for these applications. If you applied in Mission Honduras and would like to check the status of the submitted application(s), you will need to contact the Embassy or Consulate where your child’s application(s) will be adjudicated.
How long does it take?
Once we have everything we need, the Consular Report of Birth Abroad will generally be ready for pick-up in 15 business days in Tegucigalpa and 3-4 weeks in San Pedro Sula.
Step 1: Application Forms
- Application for Consular Report of Birth form DS-2029, which must be filled out online and printed. If you arrive with inaccurate or incomplete forms, or insufficient funds to pay the fees, you will be asked to reschedule your appointment. The U.S. citizen parent should only sign this affidavit in the presence of the U.S. Consular Officer.
- Passport Wizard: Fill out and print your application form for a new passport using the online Passport Wizard. The Passport Wizard will automatically direct you to the appropriate application form. When the Passport Wizard directs you to the “Next Steps” page, simply click “Create Form” at the bottom and print out the form it generates. DO NOT SIGN THE APPLICATION FORM YET.
- Please make sure you correctly fill out Items 24/25 – Time Spent in the United States. The U.S. Citizen parent must list actual periods of physical presence in the United States prior to the applicant’s birth in exact detail; starting from the U.S. citizen parent’s time of birth in the U.S. or initial trip to the U.S. up until the child’s date of birth. (Immigration status is irrelevant). You may not count vacation trips abroad, schooling in foreign countries, or any other brief absences outside the U.S. as physical presence in the United States. Failure to correctly fill out Items 24/25 will result in delays in processing your application.
- Please enter 000-00-0000 for SSN on the passport application form and fill out the following statement: SSN Statement: SSN Never Issued. You will need to apply for a social security number when you receive your child’s passport.
- After you receive your child’s CRBA and passport, you need to contact the San Jose Federal Benefits Unit to apply for an Social Security Number for your child. Detailed information can be found at our Social Security page.
- If only one parent is a U.S. citizen at the time of the child’s birth and the non-U.S. citizen parent is not able to attend the appointment, a notarized Form DS-3053 “Statement of Consent” is required for passport issuance. Note that the form must be signed by a U.S. Notary or a U.S. Consular Officer (notarials issued by Honduran officials are not accepted). The form is only valid for 90 days after it is signed and notarized.
- If only one parent is a U.S. citizen at the time of the child’s birth and the U.S. citizen parent is not able to attend the appointment, a notarized Form DS-5507 “Affidavit of Parentage, Physical Presence, and Support” is required as part of the CRBA application.
Step 2: Supporting Documents
You will need all of the following:
- The child’s original Honduran birth certificate and one photocopy. This document is issued at the Registro Nacional de las Personas (RNP). The original must be presented at the time of the interview.
- The child’s original birth registration record, or certified copy of “folio” and one photocopy. This document can be obtained at the RNP.
- A photo of your child (photo requirements).
- Parent(s) Passports: The American Citizen parent must present his/her original U.S. passport and two photocopies. Non-U.S. citizen parents must present his/her original passport or original Honduran ID card and two photocopies.
- Proof of Parents’ Marriage
- You need to bring your original marriage certificate and a copy. Translation is not necessary for Honduran marriage records. If the marriage certificate is in another language, English translation is necessary.
- Children born out of Wedlock: Detailed information and requirements for children born out of wedlock can be found here.
- Proof of Termination of All Prior Marriages of Parents (Divorce Decrees/Death Certificates)
- If you have prior marriages, we need to see proof of how those marriages ended. Please bring the original and one copy of each document. A translation is needed if the certificate is not in English.
- Evidence of Biological Parentage.
- In order to transmit citizenship to your child, you must prove the blood relationship between yourself and the child for whom you are applying. Acceptable evidence of a blood relationship can include parents’ previous passports (U.S. or Honduran); Honduran Immigration Movement or U.S. CBP entry/exit record; pre-natal and post-natal photos that include the mother, father, and child; pre-natal medical records; and ultrasounds, vaccination cards, and pre-natal check card.
- Evidence of U.S. Citizen Parent’s Physical Presence in the U.S.
- If only one parent is a U.S. citizen at the time of the child’s birth, the U.S. citizen parent can transmit U.S. citizenship to the child if he/she was a U.S. citizen when the child was born and if he/she can prove that he/she has been physically present in the U.S. for five years (two of which were after age 14) before the child was born. Acceptable evidence of physical presence can include proof of registration in U.S. public or private schools (such as transcripts), court records, military records, U.S. employment and income records, medical records, W2 forms with SSA statement or other similar documents. University degrees/diplomas will not be accepted — proof of registration or transcripts are required.
- If both parents are U.S. citizens at the time of the child’s birth, one parent must prove that they have resided in the U.S. prior to the birth of the child. If the parent was born outside of the United States, the parent must provide evidence of residence, e.g. proof of registration in U.S. public or private schools (such as transcripts), court records, military records, U.S. employment and income records, medical records, W2 forms with SSA statement or other similar documents.
Please note that you must bring the required photocopies with you to the appointment. There is a fee of $1.00 per page for any photocopies made by the Embassy or Consular Agency. If you not bring any photocopies with you, you will be asked to reschedule the appointment.
Step 3: Applicable Fee
Fees for Minors (0-15 years old)
Passport Application: $135.00
Consular Report of Birth Abroad Application: $100.00
Fees for Minors (16-17 years old)
Passport Application: $165.00
Consular Report of Birth Abroad Application: $100.00
Fees for Adults (18 years old and above)
Passport Application: $165.00
Payment is due at the time the application is submitted and is payable by international credit or debit card, dollars, or Lempiras in Tegucigalpa. The Consular Agency is payable by international credit or debit card and Lempiras only. The fees above include any applicable passport processing, execution and security fees. By law these fees are NON-REFUNDABLE.
Step 4: Make a Report of Birth Abroad Appointment
Please note the entry requirements and terms service below:
- If your intended service does not match the appointment you schedule online, we will not be able to assist you and you will need to re-schedule.
- You must arrive at least 10 minutes early.
- You must wear a mask covering both your nose and mouth.
- You must arrive with identification and all required documents, photos, and photocopies.
- You must arrive with cash (USD or L) or a credit card to pay for your service.
To schedule an appointment, please click here.
Third Party Attendance at Passport and CRBA Interview Appointments
Generally, immediate family members may accompany passport or CRBA applicants to their appointment interviews at a U.S. embassy or consulate, and all minor children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Passport or CRBA applicants also have the option of being accompanied by an attorney at their appointment interview. Attendance by any third party, including an attorney, accompanying an applicant is subject to the following parameters designed to ensure an orderly appointment interview process and to maintain the integrity of the adjudication of the application(s):
- Given space limitations in the consular section, not more than one attendee at a time will be allowed to accompany an applicant (or the applicant’s parent or guardian if the applicant is a minor).
- Attendance by an attorney does not excuse the applicant and/or the minor applicant’s parent or guardian from attending the appointment interview in person.
- The manner in which a passport or CRBA appointment interview is conducted, and the scope and nature of the inquiry, shall at all times be at the discretion of the consular officer, following applicable Departmental guidance.
- It is expected that attorneys will provide their clients with relevant legal advice prior to, rather than at, the appointment interview, and will advise their clients prior to the appointment interview that the client will participate in the appointment interview with minimal assistance.
- Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.
- Attendees other than a parent or guardian accompanying a minor child may not answer a consular officer’s question on behalf or in lieu of an applicant, nor may they summarize, correct, or attempt to clarify an applicant’s response, or interrupt or interfere with an applicant’s responses to a consular officer’s questions.
- To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.
- The consular officer has sole discretion to determine the appropriate language(s) for communication with the applicant, based on the facility of both officer and applicant and the manner and form that best facilitate communication between the consular officer and the applicant. Attendees may not demand that communications take place in a particular language solely for the benefit of the attendee. Nor may attendees object to or insist on the participation of an interpreter in the appointment interview, to the qualifications of any interpreter, or to the manner or substance of any translation.
- No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.
- Attendees may not object to a consular officer’s question on any ground (including that the attendee regards the question to be inappropriate, irrelevant, or adversarial), or instruct the applicant not to answer a consular officer’s question. Attendees may not interfere in any manner with the consular officer’s ability to conduct all inquiries and fact-finding necessary to exercise his or her responsibilities to adjudicate the application.
- During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.
- Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.
- Attendees may not engage in any other conduct that materially disrupts the appointment interview. For example, they may not yell at or otherwise attempt to intimidate or abuse a consular officer or staff, and they may not engage in any conduct that threatens U.S. national security or the security of the embassy or its personnel. Attendees must follow all security policies of the Department of State and the U.S. embassy or consulate where the appointment interview takes place.
Attendees may not engage in any conduct that violates this policy and/or otherwise materially disrupts the appointment interview. Failure to observe these parameters will result in a warning to the attendee and, if ignored, the attendee may be asked to leave the appointment interview and/or the premises, as appropriate. It would then be the applicant’s choice whether to continue the appointment interview without the attendee present, subject to the consular officer’s discretion to terminate the appointment interview. The safety and privacy of all applicants awaiting consular services, as well as of consular and embassy personnel, is of paramount consideration.
Replace or Amend your Consular Report of Birth Abroad
Replacement Copies of your Consular Report of Birth Abroad
Official copies of a previously issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad are not available from the Embassy or Consulate and must be requested directly from the Department of State in Washington. Please see the Department of State website for ordering instructions.
If you need reasonable accommodation for your appointment, we encourage you to request your accommodation immediately once you schedule your appointment. We make every effort to provide accommodations to persons with disabilities and medical conditions. Reasonable accommodations vary, depending on the situation and the person’s needs.
Examples of accommodations include, but are not limited to:
- If you require a private appointment due to a medical condition or disability, we may schedule an alternative time for you to come in for your interview.
- If you or your child has special needs that requires a private appointment in a quiet space without distractions, we may schedule an alternative time for you or your family to come in for your interview.
- If you are unable to speak, you may be allowed to respond to questions in an agreed-upon nonverbal manner such as using pen and paper.
- If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you may bring a sign language interpreter to translate during the interview if needed.
- If you have low vision, we may provide you with communications in large print.
If you are unable to provide fingerprints because of a medical condition, including birth defects, physical deformities, skin conditions, you may qualify for a fingerprint waiver for certain fingers.
- Interview waivers are only granted in extreme situations, such as having a medical condition that requires flying in an air ambulance.
The waiting room of the Consular Section and its restroom are wheelchair-accessible.
Please contact us at USAHonduras@state.gov for more information or to request reasonable accommodation.