Improvements to Consular Report of Birth Abroad Certificates

On December 22, 2010, the Department of State announced the implementation of a newly redesigned Consular Report of Birth Abroad Certificate. (CRBA). In the past, CRBAs have been printed at US Embassies and Consulates but beginning January 3, 2011, all CRBAs will be printed at the passport facilities in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and New Orleans, Louisiana.

This new streamlined and centralized process will allow the production of CRBAs to be more controlled as well as decrease the possibility of fraud. In addition to the production location change, CRBAs issued after January 3, 2011 will feature the title of “parent” instead of “mother” or “father.” This change was instituted in order to “provide a gender neutral description of a child’s parents and in recognition of different types of families.”

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