Our section on American Citizenship contains information on CRBAs and first-time child passports, child renewals, adult renewals, emergency passports, and Social Security. For further information on all services discussed here, visit the website of the U.S. Embassy.
To register a child born in Israel as an American citizen, you must apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad. If you plan on obtaining a first-time passport for your child, it can be arranged at the same time. Registration with Social Security can be taken care of together with a CRBA/passport application in Jerusalem or as a separate application (see below for details).
Passports of children are valid for 5 years.
Step One: Schedule an Appointment
To schedule any passport-related appointment, including a CRBA and first-time passport appointment, either at the Jerusalem Embassy or at the Tel Aviv Branch Office, visit their online appointment page.
Every Wednesday between 3 – 4 pm, new appointments will be released for the following week.
Please note: if applying for a newborn who has not yet been registered as a citizen, choose First Time Applicant Appointment. The appointment will include the option to apply for a CRBA as well as a first-time passport at the same time, if you wish.
One can choose between an appointment at the Embassy in Jerusalem or the Branch Office in Tel Aviv. You will be shown available dates and times to choose from, after which you must enter the applicant’s name, an email address and phone number. You will receive an email confirmation of your appointment. The appointment must be confirmed via the link emailed to you in order to confirm that you will be attending your appointment.
With the new system, the Embassy will be sending out numerous emails to confirm one’s appointment. Be sure to provide an email address that you have constant, easy access to.
Note: if you require an appointment urgently, please see our section on Emergency Passports.
To cancel or reschedule your appointment, see details below.
A Note on Social Security:
You cannot register your child for Social Security when applying for a limited-validity passport.
If you do not register your child with Social Security at your initial CRBA appointment, you will need to either apply with the FBU at a different time or take care of Social Security application in the States.
More on Social Security can be found here.
Step Two: At Your Appointment
As of November 2019, parking is no longer permitted in the Jerusalem Embassy’s parking lot. If you are coming by car, you must find a parking space on an adjacent street.
Be sure to arrive on time; if you are late, you will be asked to reschedule. In Jerusalem, they allow you up to 15 minutes, in Tel Aviv up to 20 minutes. Given security screening and waiting and processing times, prepare for your appointment to take approximately two hours.
Note that baby carriages are not allowed into the Jerusalem office. There is an area where they can be left outside. (In Tel Aviv, strollers are permitted.) Large backpacks are also not permitted into the building. The Embassy does not allow you to bring cell phones or other electronics onto their premises. In Jerusalem, these items have to be handed in to security officials before entering the building, and they will hold it for you until you leave. In Tel Aviv, you have to find your own accommodations (for example, leave it in your car, or find a store down the street to hold it for you).
Who Must Come
When applying only for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, only one parent and the child need to be present on the day of the appointment. To apply for a passport, though, both parents – American or not – must be present, or provide notarized consent of the passport’s issuance together with a copy of the same ID document used to notarize the form.
You can get a document notarized by any Israeli notary.
What to bring
On the day of your appointment, bring the required legal documents with you. Forms do not need to be copied.
If Both Parents Are American Citizens
- Child’s original teudat leidah (Israeli birth certificate) from Misrad Hapnim, preferably in English but acceptable in Hebrew, plus three photocopies
- Passport photo of the baby on a white background. When taking the picture, specify that it is for an American passport. Photo must be 2×2 inches and the height of the head must be between 1-1 3/8 inch. A newborn baby (up to a few weeks) does not need to have his eyes open, but ears should be visible.
- Marriage certificate (or certified copy), in Hebrew or English, plus one copy. If parents are not legally married, this is not required.
- Original divorce or death certificates from any of the parents’ previous marriages, if applicable
- U.S. passports of both parents, plus three copies (an expired passport may be used as ID for up to three years past expiration)
- Child’s Israeli or other foreign passport, if they have been issued one, plus one copy
- Original signed and dated statement that your child has not been issued a Social Security number by the Social Security Administration. If your child has already been issued a Social Security number, skip this form and include his or her Social Security number on the passport application form.
- Proof of residency in the United States: The U.S. citizen parent(s) may present W-2 forms, immunization records, employment records or other acceptable proofs of the fact that they physically resided in the U.S. (School transcripts may be accepted as proof when combined with others.)
In a case where both parents were born and raised in the U.S., a passport and driver’s license are usually sufficient.
- Form DS-2029: Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad, completed but not signed
- Form DS-11: Application for U.S. Passport, completed online or by hand but not signed
- Fees – paid via U.S. credit card or in cash, exact change only in dollars or shekels (according to the day’s exchange rate). Payment is non-refundable, even if the consular officer later determines that your child is not eligible for citizenship.
– For a CRBA: $100
– For a passport: $135
– Total when applying for both: $235
If Only One Parent is a U.S. Citizen, or if Both Are U.S. Citizens but Only One or Neither was Born in the U.S.
In addition to bringing the above:
- The U.S. citizen parent(s) must fill out an affidavit of physical presence.
- The U.S. citizen parent(s) must bring proof of time spent in the U.S., and prove that s/he was a U.S. citizen prior to the child’s birth. Acceptable proof of physical presence includes W-2 forms, immunization records, and employment records. School transcripts may be accepted as proof when combined with others.
Note: If only one parent is a U.S. citizen, he must bring proof of at least five years of physical presence, two of which are over the age of 14.
- The non-U.S. citizen must bring a form of valid foreign ID (e.g. passport, teudat zehut), plus three photocopies of the biographical page of the document.
If you are unable to pass on U. S. citizenship to your foreign-born child, he can apply for citizenship through an American grandparent. This process requires a trip to the U.S. For further details, please contact Chaim V’Chessed.
Delivery or Pickup
An American passport usually takes about 8-10 weeks to be processed and delivered, but it can be longer or shorter depending on the season.
When your documents are ready, Doar Shlichim will contact you for your credit card information. They will bill you approximately 50 NIS, then deliver your documents directly to your address or call you for pickup at one of their centers.
You can track your passport application status here. You will need to enter the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. In the case of someone who does not yet have one (eg a baby), enter 1234 or 0000.
Once it has been mailed from the US you can contact the embassy via their online inquiry form to arrange to pick it up or to receive a tracking number for the Doar/ Israel Post. If you applied for the passport in person, you will already have received a tracking number.
Once you have a tracking number for Israel Post and the passport has been given over to them by the embassy or consulate, you can track it here.
The Doar will generally contact you via SMS after they receive your passport from the embassy so that you can pay for the delivery and coordinate a time for delivery. If you do not have SMS, you can try calling either 076-8870580 or 171 extension 4 to arrange and pay for delivery. If you are not able to reach them you can try going down to one of their branch offices (preferably the main branch, which in Jerusalem is in Mercaz Shatner- off of Kanfei Nesharim) to arrange for delivery or pick up.
If you are in a rush or prefer not to rely on the courier service, opt to pick up your documents yourself. The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem allows pickups Monday – Friday from 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm. The Branch Office in Tel Aviv allows pickups only in emergency situations.
Please note: In order to pick up your passport, you must bring along either the receipt you received at your appointment or a copy of the email you received from the Embassy requesting that you come pick up your passport.
Canceling or Rescheduling Appointments
With the new online system, it is now possible to cancel one’s appointment or switch it for another date and time.
Canceling an appointment can be done via the link sent in the confirmation email from the Embassy. If you do not plan on attending your appointment, be sure to cancel in advance! Failure to show up for a scheduled appointment can result in being denied future appointments.
Rescheduling an appointment is very straightforward: go to the link for booking an appointment. Choose a new date and time for an appointment. Once booked, the original appointment will automatically be canceled.