Eligibility for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad

  1. Adoption
  2. Why Adopt?
  3. Who Can Adopt?
  4. Birth
  5. Eligibility for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad
  6. Transmitting Citizenship

Children born in Greece of one or two U.S. Citizen parents may be registered as US citizens at the embassy and obtain a Consular Report of a Birth Abroad, the equivalent to a U.S. birth certificate.

Reports of birth abroad are done by appointment only. Personal appearance of children and both parents are required. One appointment is required per child.

All supporting documents must be originals or certified by the issuing authority.

IMPORTANT NOTE:    When making an appointment please choose the third option, “ Report the Birth Abroad of a child of a U.S. citizen and/or apply for the child’s first passport”.  UNLESS your child has traveled to the U.S. and has already acquired U.S. citizenship and obtained a Certificate of Citizenship. In that case, click on the 1st option, “Passport services other than adding pages”.

Fee Schedule 

Required Documents

  1. Form DS-2029 (PDF 455KB)
  2. Birth Certificate, from the Greek Registrar’s Office (Lixiarchio), bearing the FULL NAME of the child. Birth certificates from municipalities and birth certificates without the child’s first name are NOT acceptable. Please note: If married outside of Greece, Greek authorities require that you have your Marriage Certificate translated into Greek to present at the hospital to get the hospital birth certificate. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs provides official translation services; the office is located at 10 Arionos Street, Psiri, Athens. Tel: 210-324-4035; 210-324-4082; 3285712/3. The birth certificate given by the hospital does not include the first name of the child. To name the child, both parents must appear at the Registrar’s Office with their passports or current I.D. and the hospital birth certificate to declare the child’s first name. This process is called “onomatodosia.” A new birth certificate will be issued with the full name.
  3. Marriage Certificate issued by the appropriate Registrar’s Office (Lixiarchio) in Greece. If married in the U.S., a certified copy of the Marriage Certificate issued by the state where the marriage was performed. Church certificates are not acceptable. If married in Greece, a certified copy of the marriage certificate (Lixiarhiki Praxi Gamou), issued by the Registrar’s Office that has jurisdiction over your place of marriage is required. If married outside Greece, a certified copy of your civil marriage certificate must be presented with an official English translation (if the certificate is in a language other than English).
  4. Certified copy of all final Civil Divorce Decree(s) or Death certificate of spouse, if either parent was married previously.
  5. Evidence of American citizenship of parent(s). U.S. passport or Certificate of Naturalization, if naturalized, and the parents’ Social Security Numbers. The parent(s) must have acquired U.S. citizenship prior to the child’s date of birth.
  6. If both parents are U.S. citizens and the parents were married to each other at the time of the child’s birth, at least one parent must demonstrate that he or she resided in the United States at some point prior to the child’s birth.  Documents that might show residence include, but are not limited to, school records, employment records, utility bills, or previous passports.
  7. If both parents are U.S. citizens and the parents were not married to each other at the time of the child’s birth, please contact our office to discuss your circumstances.
  8. If only one parent is an American citizen and the parents were married at the time of the child’s birth, evidence that the U.S. citizen parent has met the physical presence requirement to transmit citizenship, prior to the birth of the child.  Documents that may serve as evidence of physical presence in the U.S. include entry and exit stamps in old passports (Greek or U.S.), school transcripts, pay receipts, income tax returns with Form W-2, and Social Security earnings history:
    • For children born before November 14, 1986, the U.S. citizen parent must have been physically present in the U.S. for ten (10) years, five (5) of which were after the age of fourteen (14).
    • For children born after November 14, 1986, the U.S. citizen parent must have been physically present in the U.S. for five (5) years, two (2) of which were after the age of fourteen (14).

If the parents of the child were unmarried at the time of the child’s birth, the documentation requirements are different.  Please consult the Passport Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Athens by email at AthensAmericanPassports@state.gov or by telephone at 210-720-2494 or 210-720-2464 between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm on Thursdays except U.S. and Greek holidays.

7.  If you also wish to apply for a passport for your child, you need:

  • Properly completed and signed passport application DS-11 (black ink only)
  • Two identical color photographs taken within the last, six months, 2X2 inches (5X5 centimeters) with a white, plain background, full face, without a head covering. Head size from chin to top of head must be minimum 25mm (1 inch) to maximum 35mm (1 3/8 inch).
  • Parents’ consent. For children under 16, both parents must sign passport application form DS-11 (PDF 745KB) at the Embassy and submit their signed passport/I.D. If one parent is unavailable to appear at the Embassy, an original notarized statement, in English consenting to the issuance of the minor’s passport or notarized “Statement of Consent” DS-3053 (PDF 115KB) (Click here (PDF 166KB) for the Greek version of Statement of Consent) obtained from the Passport Office of the U.S. Embassy and notarized copy of the signed passport/I.D. of the non appearing parent, must be submitted.

If you wish to apply for a Social Security number for your child, you need:

  1. Application for a Social Security Card, SS-5 FS.
  2. Supporting documentation as outlined on the SS-5 FS.