How do I declare my child?
If your child has a potential claim to U.S. citizenship, it will be necessary for the U.S. citizen parent to execute an application for a “Consular Report of Birth of an American Citizen Abroad” before a consular officer. If your child is eligible for a Report of Birth, a passport can be obtained at the same time for an additional fee. U.S. citizens can often transmit citizenship to their children born abroad, but the transmission requirements vary depending on when the child was born and the marital status of the U.S. citizen parent. Please view our summary of transmission requirements.
How do I apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad for my child?
To schedule your interview, you must first prepare all the documents and evidence listed on the Consular Report of Birth checklist (PDF – 240 Kb). Incomplete applications will result in delays and additional required appointments.
Only when you have obtained all forms, information and supporting documents, you can make an appointment for the interview.
All interviews for a Report of Birth will take place at the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo.
To make an appointment, please click on the following link to go directly to our online appointment system.
On the day of the interview, both parents (legal guardian/s) and the child must come to the consular section/be present. If the parent has authorized another individual to represent him/her per the notarized consent form, that person must be part of the interview. Due to limited space in our waiting room, no one other than these individuals will be allowed entry to the consular building or consular agency. Please arrive approximately (15) fifteen minutes before the appointment time so that you are ready to clear security and enter the waiting area at your appointment time. Appointments are subject to cancellation for applicants who arrive more than (15) fifteen minutes after their scheduled time. It is very important that applicants be prepared to pay a US $205.00 fee for the Report of Birth and passport applications prior to the interview with the Consular Officer. Applicants who do not pay cannot be interviewed and will have to reschedule. Please bring all the documents and evidence listed on the Checklist (PDF – 240 Kb). Consular staff will review these documents and prepare your child’s case for the interview with the consular officer. You will then be directed to wait until called by the child’s name for the interview.
A consular officer will then review your documents and interview you to determine whether your child qualifies for a Report of Birth. If you are properly prepared and your child qualifies, the officer can approve the Report of Birth and passport application the same day. You will be asked to pay the Domex office on our premises a fee for the delivery of the Report of Birth and passport. These are usually prepared and dispatched within one month of your interview. Please email inquiries to SDOAmericans@state.gov.
If you need immediate emergency assistance, please contact emergency services of the Government of the Dominican Republic:
Dial 9-1-1 from within the greater Santo Domingo area
CESTUR (Tourist Police): 809-200-3500
National Police: 809-682-2151 / 809-685-2020