What Are Some Tips for Filling Out Form FS-240, the Consular Report of Birth Abroad?

Form FS-240, the Consular Report of Birth Abroad, is filled out by the State Department and provided to the parents of an American citizen born abroad after successfully filing of Form DS-2029, the Application for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, notes the U.S. Embassy in Morocco. Tips for filling out DS-2029 include ensuring all sections of the form are filled out completely and ensuring all dates each American parent spent in the United States are listed.

Other tips include writing dates in the month/date/year format and waiting to sign the form until in the presence of the person administering the oath that all information on the form is correct, according to the Form DS-2029 instructions. Supporting documents to submit with DS-2029 include the child’s original birth certificate, the parents’ marriage license, if applicable, in the original language with an English translation, and the valid passport of each parent that is a U.S. citizen, notes the U.S. Embassy in Morocco.

Submit Form DS-2029 as soon as possible after a child’s birth, notes the State Department. Failure to promptly document a child’s citizenship can cause problems for the parents or child when they attempt to establish rights associated with citizenship, such as entry into the United States. Form FS-240 is proof of U.S. citizenship and is necessary for U.S. Citizens born abroad to receive a U.S. passport.