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Birth Abroad: Your Baby's Passport, Report of Birth and Social Security Number
 

Congratulations on the birth of your baby!

Your new baby needs a first passport, a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (similar to a birth certificate) and a Social Security number. On this page we'll tell you what you need to do to get all three items. To avoid making multiple trips to the Embassy, please make sure you have all of the items you will need for a successful application.  Once you have assembled all the necessary items, you'll need to make an appointment to come to the Embassy with your child. To register for an appointment, please click here.

We encourage you to start this process as soon as possible after your child is born. In the case of urgent, unexpected travel, your child will need a passport. In addition, you may need to secure a Moldovan visa or residence permit for your child, which also requires a passport. 

What will you need

  • Your Child!
  • Both Parents (or a notarized consent from the non-appearing parent) 
  • Mom and Dad's passports (or government issued ID with original birth certificates - no copies) 
  • Proof of Child's birth (original Moldovan birth certificate) 
  • Proof of Parent's Marriage (original marriage certificate) 
  • Proof of Termination of All Prior Marriages of Parents 
  • Photo of the Child (2 inches by 2 inches on white background) 
  • Evidence of U.S. Citizen Parent's Physical Presence in the U.S. (if pertinent) 
  • Evidence of U.S. Citizen Parent's Physical Presence Together at Conception 
  • Please click here for a list of fees and forms used for Passport Applications.

All documents must be originals. We will return the original documents to you the same day, but we do need to see them. All documents not in English, Romanian or Russian must be translated. Proof of Parent(s) U.S. Citizenship

You can prove your citizenship with your US passport. If you don't have a US passport, you can bring an official birth certificate or naturalization/citizenship certificate, or a Consular Report of Birth Abroad. We will copy your documents and return them to you the same day.

Please click on this link in order to learn how to obtain vital records.

Proof of Child's Birth

In all cases, parents must present an original Moldovan birth certificate. The birth certificate must include the child's and parents' full names, the date and place of birth and stamp of the official who certified the document. All documents not in English, Romanian or Russian must be translated.

Proof of Parents' Marriage

You'll need to bring along your marriage certificate. We will return the original document to you. If your child was born out-of-wedlock, or within six months of your marriage, you may have some additional requirements for documentation.

Proof of Termination of All Prior Marriages of Parents
Please bring along any and all original official divorce or death certificates for both parents.

Forms Needed

Application for a Consular Report of Birth (DS-2029)

You can download form DS-2029 to print out and complete by hand.
The law on acquisition of American Citizenship varies if one or both biological parents are also Americans, and if the child is born in or out of wedlock. Follow this link to learn more about acquisition of American Citizenship.

Passport Application (DS-11)

Please submit one copy of Form DS-11. Though the instructions for world-wide use say only 8.5" x 11" paper is acceptable, we can accept A4 sized copies if you print it out at home. You may also wish to use the Passport Wizard.

Two-Parent Consent for Passport Issuance

All applicants under the age of 16 must meet the requirements listed in the Law on Passport Applications for Minors. In most instances this means that both parents must sign the child's passport application, even if one parent is not an American.

Parents can consent in one of two ways: Both parents can come to the Embassy with their passports and sign together, in person, or, one parent may sign in person and the other parent give his/her consent through a written affidavit (One parent signs and submits second parent's signed consent; download the affidavit form. The form must be notarized). Follow this link to learn more about these requirements. Note the parent who signs in person will need to still have a copy of the non-present parent's passport with him/her. We need to see the original passport of at least one American Citizen parent in these first-time, Report of Birth cases.

Written consent by both parents must be given either in person at the Embassy or provide a notarized statement of written consent. Moldovan notarials are acceptable, as are notarials done on US military bases. Notarials for this purpose can be done at no charge at the Embassy. All notarized statements must be in English. A FAXed copy of the notarized consent form is acceptable.

Passport applications require a 2"x2" (5 cm X 5 cm) photograph with a plain white background. Please make sure your child's eyes are open and that the photo clearly shows your child’s face. One way to do this is to drape a white sheet over one (sitting) parent, who also holds the baby's head and neck upright under the sheet. The other parent takes the photo. A second way is to place the child on a white blanket on the floor and take the photo while standing over him/her. You can also go to a professional photographer if you prefer.  Please click here for additional information on Passport Photos.

Fee

Please click here for a list of fees and forms used for Passport Applications.  We accept the payment in U.S. Dollars, the equivalent in Moldovan Lei or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diner’s Club or Discover).

Social Security Number Application (SS-5)

Please download and complete form SS-5-FS (PDF 206 KB). Don't send it to Social Security; instead, for everyone except U.S. military personnel, submit the completed form to the Embassy along with the other forms and documents needed for your child's report of birth and first U.S. passport.  U.S. military parents must apply separately for a Social Security Number, through designated military channels, not through the Embassy.

Other Necessary Items

Personal Appearance by Your Child

Your child, even a newborn, must appear in person at our offices at the time you make the application.

Evidence of U.S. Citizen Parent's Physical Presence in the U.S.

In some situations, how long one or both American parents lived in the U.S. can affect your child's acquisition of citizenship (follow this link to find out more.) If you believe this may affect your child's application, it may be in your best interest to bring in work, social security, tax, school or other records to prove that your child qualifies for citizenship, as required by the law.

Evidence of U.S. Citizen Parent's Physical Presence at Conception

In some situations, we may ask for evidence of the biological parents' physical presence at the time of conception. Such evidence might include passports, military travel orders, leases, etc. In some complex cases, we may suggest a blood or DNA test.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Long Does it Take?

    How Long Does it Take?

    • Once we have everything we need, processing time for a passport is normally about seven to ten days. However, because computers break, unexpected events happen, and mail delivery is sometimes late, please allow plenty of time before you plan to travel. It is better to begin the process earlier.

      You can collect the new passport and Consular Report of Birth Abroad at the Embassy. Your child's Social Security card will be sent to you directly by the Social Security Administration. Please allow three to six months for the card to arrive.
  • Does my child really have to come in to see you?

    Does my child really have to come in to see you?

    • Yes. Your child, even a newborn, must appear in person at our offices at the time you make the application. Military children will appear before the designated passport agent on base.

      There are no exceptions or waivers possible for this requirement.
  • If my Child is a Dual National Which Passport Will We Use?

    If my Child is a Dual National Which Passport Will We Use?

    • Does your child have at least one Moldovan parent? If so, he or she may qualify for Moldovan citizenship. A U.S. Citizen must use his or her U.S. passport to enter and exit the United States, even if he or she has dual citizenship.

      The Moldovan passport may have to be used when entering or exiting Moldova. You may have to show both to demonstrate that your child can travel to the U.S. without a valid U.S. visa.
  • Does My Newborn Need a Moldovan Visa?

    Does My Newborn Need a Moldovan Visa?

    • The final decision on any matter involving Moldovan visas and/or nationality rests with the Moldovan Government.
  • Can I Do This While in the U.S.?

    Can I Do This While in the U.S.?

    • If your child was born abroad you will need to complete the Report of Birth process abroad; it can't be done in the U.S.  If your child was born in Moldova, the processing must be done in Moldova.

      While you can file the documents at another U.S. Embassy or Consulate abroad, that office is required to send them to us in Moldova for processing. This will take extra time, so it is best to complete the entire procedure while you are still in Moldova.
  • How Do I Get Additional Copies of the Consular Report of Birth Abroad?

    How Do I Get Additional Copies of the Consular Report of Birth Abroad?

    • Additional copies of the Consular Report
      of Birth Abroad are available from the Department of State only; no
      records are kept at the Embassy in Chisinau.

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