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Replace or Amend a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)

Only Those Listed Below Are Authorized to Replace or Amend a Consular Report of Birth:

  • The individual whose birth is recorded on the document (if age 18 or older)
  • A parent (for minors under age 18) or legal guardian
  • An authorized government agency, or
  • A person with written authorization

On January 3, 2011, the Department of State began issuing a new Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240). You may request multiple copies of this document at any time. As of December 31, 2010 the Certificate of Report of Birth (DS-1350) is no longer issued. All previously issued FS-240 and DS-1350 documents are still valid for proof of identity, citizenship and other legal purposes.

All Consular Vital Records cost $50 per document.

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Replace a Consular Report of Birth Abroad

To Replace a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240), You Must Submit:

1. A notarized written (or typed) request that includes all of the following information:

  • Full name of the child at birth
  • Any adoptive names of child
  • Child's date and place of birth
  • Any available passport information
  • Full names of parents
  • If known, the serial number of the FS-240
  • Signature of requester
  • Legal Guardian(s) Only: A copy of the court order granting guardianship
  • Requester's mailing address
  • Contact number of the requested

2. A copy of requester’s valid photo identification

  • State issued driver’s license
  • Non-driver photo ID
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • Veterans Affairs ID
  • Prison ID

If you don't have any of these IDs, please see Passport Vital Records IDs.

3. Payment

  • A $50.00 check or money order
  • Make payable to "Department of State".
  • Include a complete mailing address on the check.
  • The Department will not assume responsibility for cash lost in the mail.

4. Return Shipping Options

  • Consular Reports of Birth documents are printed and mailed off-site.
  • USPS First Class- 1-2 weeks. No additional cost.
  • Overnight Delivery Service- Include an additional $15.45 with your request.

Please do not include a pre-paid express mail envelope with your request. This will cause a delay in delivery.

5. Mail to:

Department of State
Passport Vital Records Section
44132 Mercure Cir.
PO Box 1213
Sterling, VA  20166-1213

The processing time for a replacement Consular Report of Birth is 4 to 6 weeks. 

PLEASE NOTE: FAILURE TO PROVIDE ALL ABOVE ITEMS WILL RESULT IN A DELAY OF YOUR REQUEST.

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Amend a Consular Report of Birth Abroad

To Amend a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240), You Must Submit:

1. A notarized written (or typed) request detailing the amendment or correction needed

2. Certified copies of documents justifying the amendment requested

  • Examples: foreign birth certificate, marriage certificate, court ordered adoption or name change, birth certificates of the adopting or legitimating parents, affidavits, etc.
  • Notarized copies and photocopies are not acceptable.

3.  The original FS-240, any replacement FS-240s AND any other birth records issued from the Department of State, such as Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350) and Certification of Birth Abroad (FS-545), or

A notarized affidavit stating the whereabouts of the original or any replacement FS-240, DS-1350, FS-545 issued from the Department of State.

4. A copy of requester’s valid photo identification

  • State issued driver’s license
  • Non-driver photo ID
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • Veterans Affairs ID
  • Prison ID

If you don't have any of these IDs, please see Passport Vital Records IDs.

5. Payment

  • A $50.00 check or money order
  • Make payable to "Department of State"
  • The Department will assume no responsibility for cash lost in the mail.

6. Return Shipping Options

  • Consular Reports of Birth documents are printed and mailed off site.
  • USPS First Class- 1-2 weeks - $0.00
  • Overnight Delivery Service- Include an additional $15.45 with your request. 

6. Mail to:

Department of State
Passport Vital Records Section
44132 Mercure Cir.
PO Box 1213
Sterling, VA 20166-1213

The processing time for an amended Consular Report of Birth is 4 to 8 weeks. 

PLEASE NOTE: FAILURE TO PROVIDE ALL ABOVE ITEMS WILL RESULT IN A DELAY OF YOUR REQUEST

Applicants who are requesting an Apostille to Consular Reports of Birth Abroad only should contact our office regarding this process.


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