If your child is born in Comoros, Mayotte or Madagascar, you will need to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad at the U.S. Embassy in Antananarivo

This application must be made in person, and both parents and the child must be present.

Please note that if your child was born outside the United States and outside Comoros, Mayotte or Madagascar, you will need to apply with the U.S. Embassy or Consulate with jurisdiction over the child’s place of birth to obtain the Consular Report of Birth Abroad.

The Consular Report of Birth Abroad is issued to parents following positive adjudication of their child’s claim to United States citizenship. The child’s claim must be adjudicated before a US passport can be issued.  A consular officer may issue a Consular Report of Birth Abroad for any child who is eligible for it upon application made at any time before the child’s 18th birthday


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):

o   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).

o   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.

o   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.

o   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.

o   Attorneys may not engage in any form of legal argumentation during the appointment interview and before the consular officer.

o   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.

o   To the extent that an applicant does not understand a question, s/he should seek clarification from the consular officer directly.

o   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.

o   No attendee may coach or instruct applicants as to how to answer a consular officer’s question.

o   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.

o   During a passport or CRBA appointment interview, attendees may not discuss or inquire about other applications.

o   Attendees may take written notes, but may not otherwise record the appointment interviews.

o   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.

Required Forms and Documents

  • Application Form DS-2029. (PDF 147 KB)
  • Original  of local (Madagascar, Comoros, French) birth certificate (a provisional copy cannot be accepted).This will not be returned.
  • Two U.S. passport-sized (5”x5”) photographs of the child. see details
  • Proof of U.S. parent(s)’ citizenship:  Each U.S. citizen parent must present at least one of the following documents for each U.S. Citizen parent:  (1) U.S. passport (valid or expired), (2) original U.S. birth certificate or (3) original Certificate of Naturalization.
  • Proof of both parents’ identity: Each parent must present at least one of the following documents:  passport, driver’s license with photo, national ID card with photo, U.S. visa with photo, etc.
  • Parent’s original marriage certificate: If parents were not married prior to conception AND the father is a U.S. Citizen, you must bring original documents of proof of the parent’s relationship (e.g., personal letters and cards, dated photographs, telephone bills, rent receipts, etc.).
  • If only one of the parents is a U.S. citizen, proof of the parent’s physical presence in the United States.  Generally, the parent must prove at least five years physical presence in the U.S., at least two of which are after the age of 14.  Presence must be proven with concrete evidence (e.g., school transcripts, income tax returns with Form W-2, Social Security earnings statement, pay receipts, passport entry/exit stamps, etc.).
  • If either parent was married before, divorce or death certificate from all prior marriages.

The following documents are strongly recommended (we only need originals, no copies)

  • Pre-natal documents of the mother (e.g., ultrasounds, prescriptions, doctor’s records, etc.)
  • Documents from the hospital where the child was born (e.g., identification bracelet, hospital certificate of birth, hospital bill, vaccination card, etc.)
  • Proof of U.S. parent’s presence in the local country around the time of conception (e.g. visa,  hotel or rent receipts, bank statements, boarding passes, etc.)

Important Things to Know

  • Please type or print neatly in blue or black ink on all forms you submit.
  • Please do not sign on any documents, as you need to sign before the consular officer.
  • Please bring ORIGINAL and PHOTOCOPIES of all documents. We will keep the photocopies and return the originals on the same day.
  • You must provide an English translation of any document not in English.
  • All documents presented must be originals or certified copies from the office of vital records. Copies made by you or anyone else outside the office of vital records is not certified copies even if they are notarized. Certified copies normally have either a raised or printed seal from the issuing office.
  • The current CRBA fee is $100 (subject to change).
  • Once the CRBA is approved, the child will be eligible for a US passport.

To make an appointment once you have all the documents in order, please write to

The fee is payable in Ariary or US Dollars (cash and credit card are accepted).

The Consular Section is open for non-emergency ACS services by appointment only.  Please contact us via e-mail for any question.