1. What is eCRBA?
eCRBA is the Department of State’s new online application for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). eCRBA does not require any new information or processes – applicants enter the same information in eCRBA as in the paper application. This new application method, however, will allow you to enter your data, upload required documents, pay the fees, and schedule your appointment all online. Additionally, you will be able to check the status of your application online.
2. How will eCRBA affect me?
Submitting your application electronically is more efficient than paper processing. It saves time by allowing you to upload your documents, pay your fees, and schedule your appointment all in one convenient online location. Further, it is more transparent as you will be able to check the status of your application at any time.
3. Is eCRBA secure?
Yes. Security is an important priority for all services provided by the Department of State. Electronic processing is very secure and has been developed with stringent security considerations built into each design and development step. Only authorized users will be able to access the online CRBA application and supporting documents.
4. Who is eligible to use eCRBA?
You can use eCRBA if you meet the following criteria:
5. Can I still apply for CRBA with a paper application if I prefer?
Yes, you will still be able to complete a paper application DS-2029.
6. How does eCRBA work?
You will start by opening a MyTravelGov account. Once you have an account, you can create an eCRBA application, which will guide you step by step through the process of applying online, including uploading supporting documents to ensure that the application is complete. Once the application is complete, you need to pay the eCRBA fee online. Once the payment is complete, you will be prompted to schedule an in-person interview at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate. You must bring the child and the originals of all supporting documents to the in-person interview, where a consular officer will interview you to verify the information provided, review the original documents, and decide whether to approve the application.
7. What is a “MyTravelGov” account?
A “MyTravelGov” is an online account that applicants can use to request consular services. You must register for a MyTravelGov account to use the eCRBA application. You can find the MyTravelGov portal here (MyTravelGov | Department of State).
8. What are the password requirements for a MyTravelGov account?
MyTravelGov uses Login.gov to provide secure access your account. Login.gov passwords must be at least 12 characters and you cannot use common words or phrases.
9. How do I reset my Password?
Follow these steps to reset your password for Login.gov.
10. Why should I create a MyTravelGov account?
MyTravelGov allows for secure, individual access to online services offered by the Bureau of Consular Affairs. Through your MyTravelGov account, you can start an application, review an existing application, see status updates, and view messages from us about your application.
11. I didn’t get a confirmation email when I tried to set up my MyTravelGov account. What should I do?
Recheck your inbox and look in your spam folder. Look for a confirmation email sent from Login.gov. If you did not receive a confirmation email, you can try to create the account again or call Login.gov for help at (844) 875-6446. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
12. What if I get an error message when I try to sign into MyTravelGov?
If you get the message “We’re sorry. Something went wrong on our end,” take these steps:
• An outdated browser might be the cause of your error. Try updating your browser to the latest version.
• Clear your internet browser’s cookies and cache. Depending on your browser, you will find this information referred to as “Browsing Data,” “Browsing History,” or “Website Data.”
• Make sure your cookies are enabled in your browser settings. Depending on the browser you’re using, you will usually find this information in the “Tools,” “Settings,” or “Preferences” menu.
If you’ve taken these steps and still cannot sign in, call Login.gov at (844) 875-6446 or submit a contact form here Contact us | Login.gov. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week or visit the Login.gov Help Center. Login.gov can only resolve issues related to account sign in, they cannot help you with consular services.
13. I requested an eCRBA before October 2023 and the transition to Login.gov and now want to check the status of my eCRBA application or complete my in-progress application. What do I do?
Beginning October 2023 we have transitioned to a new log-in system (Login.gov). To access your previous application or continue an application already in progress, you will need to recreate a MyTravelGov account using the same email address you used for your previous MyTravelGov account. You must use the same email address in order to view the pre-existing application in the new system.
14. What documents do I need to apply for eCRBA?
The eCRBA application will guide you through the process and will help you understand which documents to provide, as well as what type of documents are acceptable. You must provide supporting documents to show:
You can scan, save, and upload documents in each section of the eCRBA application. You must bring the originals to the in-person interview where a consular officer will verify all original documents.
15. Is there a deadline to report my birth or my child’s birth overseas to obtain a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)?
Yes. Currently, the birth of a U.S. citizen overseas must be reported to a U.S Embassy or Consulate before the child turns age 18.
16. How do I complete the Physical Presence section in eCRBA?
The Physical Presence section of the eCRBA form is the most complicated part of the form. You need to list all dates you have been physically present in the United States. The transmitting U.S. Citizens parent will have to write down all the dates that s/he has been physically present inside the United States. This means that if you left the U.S. for even one day, on vacation to Canada, Mexico, or any other place outside the U.S. or any of its outlying possessions, these dates should not be included on this list.
Tips and tricks for completing the Physical Presence Section of the form are below:
Additional tips for American parents born and raised in the U.S.:
Additional tips for American parents who were not born and raised in the U.S.:
17. How do I upload photos and attach documents in eCRBA?
Throughout the eCRBA application, there are several places where you can provide required documents by uploading a file from your computer. The maximum allowable file size is 10MB. You can click “attach a file” or “add” to bring up a document upload pop-up and then click the “select a file” button to choose the file you wish to upload. When choosing documents to upload, focus on uploading only required documents.
18. Can I request duplicate copies of the CRBA through the eCRBA system?
No, you will need to request additional copies of your child’s CRBA through the Vital Records section at the State Department by filling out this form.
19. Can I apply for a Social Security number and passport through my eCRBA application?
No. Applicants cannot apply for a passport or a Social Security number through the eCRBA application at this time. However, at the end of the eCRBA application, you will be directed to online resources detailing the process for completing the passport and Social Security number applications separately. Passport application can be submitted in person at the time of the interview. Please note that an application for a Social Security Number can only be submitted after receiving the original Consular Report of Birth Abroad and Passport. To obtain a Social Security Number for your child, see further details (Social Security).
20. How do I replace or amend a CRBA?
You can request to replace or amend a CRBA from the State Department’s Vital Records section. Only the individuals listed below can request to replace or amend a CRBA:
You can request to amend or replace a CRBA by filling out this form.
21. What system requirements must my computer meet to use eCRBA?
You will need access to the internet and the ability to scan, save, and upload documents in the eCRBA application. eCRBA also works through a mobile phone or a tablet, using your device’s camera to create images of documents to upload.
22. What if I don’t have a computer or internet connection at home?
If you don’t have a computer or internet connection at home, a local library, university, or internet café may provide computers and internet for a small fee. You can also use the computers provided in any American Center. Local charities or religious organizations may also have computers to use for the application process.
23. What are my payment options?
eCRBA requires payment using the U.S. government’s official payment site “pay.gov”, which accepts payments in U.S. dollars from a credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover) or U.S. bank account.
24. How secure is the payment option?
The payment system is secure. The payment occurs through “pay.gov”, an online payment system used by many U.S. government agencies.
25. What if I do not have a U.S. bank account or credit card?
If you are not able to pay online, then you must complete a paper CRBA application and pay the fees at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate during your interview.
26. What if I have a problem making my online payment?
If you cannot complete the online payment, then you must complete a paper application and submit it along with your payment in person at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
27. How do I know if my eCRBA has been received?
After successfully submitting an eCRBA application and payment, you will see a confirmation screen. You will also receive a follow-up email, confirming receipt of your application.
28. How do I make changes to my eCRBA information once it has been submitted?
You won’t be able to access your application online after it is submitted. If you need to make subsequent changes, you must contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate for help. You can also let consular staff know of changes during your interview.
29. How do I schedule an appointment online?
After completing the online application and making a payment online, you will be directed to the U.S. Embassy and Consulates website to schedule an appointment. Please allow 5 working days between payment submission and CRBA interview appointment time. This provides time for your payment to be processed.
30. Can I make one appointment for my child’s passport and CRBA?
Yes, you can schedule one appointment for a passport and CRBA. Other services may require separate appointments.
31. How can I cancel or reschedule my appointment?
If you schedule your appointment online, you will receive a confirmation that includes instructions on how to cancel or reschedule your appointment online. You may also contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate to cancel or reschedule.
32. Can I apply for a Social Security number and passport through my eCRBA application?
No. Applicants cannot apply for a passport or a Social Security number through the eCRBA application at this time. However, at the end of the eCRBA application, you will be directed to online resources detailing the process for completing the passport and Social Security number applications separately. Those applications can be submitted in person at the time of the interview.
33. Whom do I contact if I have additional questions?
Please consult the ACS Navigator for additional questions.