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Electronic Consular Report of Birth Abroad (eCRBA) Application Procedure
October 26, 2023

eCRBA Application Procedure

(also available as a pdf)


A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is an official document certifying the acquisition of U.S. citizenship at birth of a person born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent or parents. Applicants submit application electronically through eCRBA, an online system accessible on a desktop/laptop, mobile phone, or a tablet.

Using eCRBA is faster, more efficient, and allows for multiple steps to be completed through the same platform. Additionally, applicants can check the status of their application, submit secure correspondence, as well as view and manage messages.

Apply for eCRBA at MyTravel.state.gov:

  1. Register for an account at MyTravel.state.gov, and/or sign in.
  2. Qualify for eCBRA by answering Yes/No to the ‘Establish Eligibility’ questions. If you qualify, you will be able to continue to the eCRBA application. (You can also click on available links to learn more about the questions or an alternative option if not qualified for online application.)
  3. The online application will ask you to upload all required documents. You must upload your documents in eCRBA, and you must also bring the originals to be presented on the day of the interview. The required documents include, but are not limited to:
    1. Evidence of birth (typically, the original local birth certificate for the child)
    2. Proof of U.S. nationality for the transmitting parent(s) (typically, a U.S. passport or birth certificate)
    3. Parents’ IDs
    4. Documentary evidence of parents’ marriage(s) (may include marriage, divorce, or death certificate)
    5. Financial Support and/or Legal Relationship (for children born out-of-wedlock or where there is court ordered support)
    6. A scanned and notarized Form DS-5507 (for children born out-of-wedlock)


  4. Begin filling out the online application. On the left side of the screen, you will see the steps of the application process. As you proceed through the steps, you will be able to navigate around the application and see your progress. You may go back to previous sections, attach files, and edit as needed.
  5. Once the application is complete, you can pay the CRBA application fee(s) via Pay.gov using a credit card or bank account on the Pay & Submit Application page.
    1. At this point, you will need to certify a list of declarations.
    2. You will also see ‘Your CRBA Fee’ which is related to the number of CRBA applications which are submitted.
    3. Once all is reviewed, click the ‘Pay’ button to submit the CRBA application for review. (Pay.gov accepts MasterCard, Visa, AMEX, and Discover. Customers paying with a U.S. bank account will need to provide routing and account numbers.)


  6. After payment, you will be directed to a Confirmed Submission page where you can click to proceed to the ACS Appointment System. . From there you will be directed to send an email to be scheduled for an appointment. Please allow 72 hours between payment submission and CRBA interview appointment time to allow time for the payment to be processed. Reminder: You must bring all original documents and your child to the interview.

More detailed instructions are available as a PDF document here.