Claim to U.S. Citizenship for Applicants under 18 years of Age
DOCUMENTS TO BE PRESENTED TO OBTAIN A CONSULAR REPORT
OF BIRTH ABROAD FOR A CHILD BORN IN MEXICO TO U.S. CITIZEN PARENT(S)
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Monday - Friday (excluding U.S. & Mexican holidays)
Please do not bring any electronic devices such as cell phones, PDAs, Blackberries, etc. to your appointment.
The United States Embassy and its consulates within Mexico have their own corresponding consular district. The United States Consulate General in Matamoros only accepts Consular Reports of Birth Abroad applications for residents of our consular district in the state of Tamaulipas. Applicants living in Altamira, Ciudad Madero and Tampico must apply at the United States Embassy in Mexico City.
In certain cases, additional documents need to be presented other than the ones listed below.
- As a first step, please proceed to make your appointment by clicking here.
- Parents and children under 18 years of age must apply in person.
- Applicant’s original Mexican birth certificate (a provisional copy cannot be accepted).
- Applicant’s original Mexican birth registration certificate.
- Applicant’s “Certificado de Nacido Vivo” (“Certificate of Live Birth”; this document is given by the clinic or hospital where child was born).
Two identical U.S. passport-size photographs of the applicant are required. They must be 2 x 2 inches (5 x 5 centimeters) and in color with a white background. They should be taken in normal street attire, facing forward with eyes open. The photos must have been taken within the last six months.
- Proof of U.S. parent's citizenship. Please provide one of the following documents for one or both parents: (1) original U.S. birth certificate (long detailed form) and if available a U.S. passport, (2) original Certificate of Citizenship or Naturalization, or (3) original Consular Report of Birth Abroad; Abstracts, short forms or mutilated certificates cannot be accepted.
- Non-U.S. citizen parent’s original Mexican birth certificate.
- Both parent’s current and valid government issued ID with photo (e.g., driver's license, state issued ID card, Mexican voting registration card, Mexican passport, school ID, etc.).
- If parents are married, please provide an original or certified copy of the marriage certificate. If the parents are not married, please provide proof of the existence of the relationship (e.g., personal letters and cards, dated photographs, telephone bills, etc.).
- Prenatal documents from the mother (e.g., ultrasounds, prescriptions, evidence of doctor visits, hospital invoice, etc.).
- Documents from the hospital where the child was born (e.g., hospital certificate of birth, hospital bill/invoice, vaccination card, identification bracelet, etc.).
- If only one of the parents is a U.S. citizen, provide proof of the parent's physical presence in the United States. Please bring sufficient evidence of school transcripts, employment records, income tax returns from previous years, social security earning statements, or any other evidence which shows that the U.S. citizen parent has lived in the United States.
VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE BRING ORIGINALS AND ONE SET OF PHOTOCOPIES OF EACH DOCUMENT.
The fee is $100.00 USD for each case. This fee is non-refundable (we accept cash in U.S. dollars, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express).