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What is a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)  and Why You Might Need an Apostille Certificate

The Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is an essential document for U.S. citizens born outside the United States to American parents. The form used for this purpose is the DS-2029. This form serves as proof of U.S. citizenship and is crucial for obtaining a U.S. passport and other official documents. When applying for a CRBA, parents must provide detailed information about the child’s birth, including evidence of their own U.S. citizenship. Once the application is approved, the CRBA is issued, providing the child with legal recognition as a U.S. citizen.

A CRBA is issued under the following circumstances:

  • Child Born Abroad: The child must be born outside the United States or its territories.
  • U.S. Citizen Parent(s): At least one of the parents must be a U.S. citizen at the time of the child’s birth.
  • Proof of Citizenship and Physical Presence: The U.S. citizen parent(s) must provide evidence of their citizenship and physical presence in the U.S. for a required period before the child’s birth.

More information can be found travel.state.gov:


If you need an apostille to meet foreign document requirements, you must submit your request to the U.S. Department of State. 


Using a Service to Facilitate the Process

Navigating the process of obtaining a new CRBA with an apostille can be complex and time-consuming. That’s where a document facilitation service like Elite Documents can help. Here’s how we can assist you:

  1. Document Preparation: We guide you on the necessary documents and ensure everything is in order.
  2. Liaison with Authorities: We handle communication with the U.S. Department of State on your behalf.
  3. Efficient Processing: Our experience ensures that your application is processed as quickly as possible.
  4. Delivery: We ensure you receive the new CRBA with the apostille certification, ready for international use.

Why Choose Elite Documents?

  • Expertise: We have extensive experience in handling CRBA and apostille processes.
  • Convenience: Save time and avoid the hassle of dealing with bureaucratic procedures.
  • Reliability: Trust us to handle your documents with the utmost care and professionalism.


A CRBA is a crucial document for children born abroad to U.S. citizens, and obtaining an apostille may be necessary for international use. Whether you handle the process yourself or use a service like Elite Documents, ensuring your child’s citizenship documentation is authenticated correctly is essential for smooth legal and administrative proceedings abroad.

To use Elite Documents’ CRBA retrieval services, simply contact us for a service quote and current timeframes. Once you agree to proceed, we will provide you with the necessary forms and requirements, including a notarized authorization letter. Our team will guide you through the process, ensuring all documentation is accurately completed and submitted, making the retrieval of your Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) as seamless and efficient as possible.

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