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.
A note about e-CRBA applications:
As of January 2024, one is required to send an initial CRBA application online, to be followed by an in-person appointment. This includes uploading the application form, one’s supporting documents and payment of the fee for issuance. Once completed online, one is then routed to the site to schedule an appointment for a CRBA (see Step One below).
Be sure to allow at least 72 hours between payment submission and appointment time in order for the payment to register in the system. Furthermore, you must bring along receipt of payment to your appointment
Having submitted all the paperwork and payment in advance, appointment time at the Embassy is shortened considerably. Furthermore, based on the application, parents will be notified in the event that they are not eligible to transfer U.S. citizenship to their child, thus saving valuable time from going down to the Embassy and waiting for a response.
See here to begin the CRBA application process online.
For more information, see these step-by-step instructions on how to navigate the online application.
Step One: Schedule an Appointment
To schedule any passport-related appointment, including a CRBA and/or 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 a few months’ time.
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.
Be sure to bring to your appointment a printed copy of the confirmation email you received upon booking the 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 more than 15 minutes late, you will be asked to reschedule. 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 not allowed entry, nor can they be left unattended outside the office. 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 can leave phones, electronics and strollers in your car or rent a locker in a store across the street from the consulate.
Who Must Come
When applying only for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, it is preferable that both parents attend along with the child. Should one parent be unable to attend, said parent should sign the DS-2029 form in front of a notary. The attending parent should then bring the signed, notarized form along with all other necessary documentation to the appointment. Please note: The attending parent will sign the form in front of the consul.
To apply for a passport 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 (online form): Application for Consular Report of Birth Abroad, completed but not signed
- Receipt of payment for e-CRBA
- Form DS-11: Application for U.S. Passport, completed online or by hand but not signed
- Form SS-5-FS: Application for Social Security Number, only if applying for both CRBA and first-time passport at the appointment.
- Pre-paid postage label from Israel Post – as of June 12, 2023, all applications must include a pre-paid label for the return of the new passport and/or CRBA via the Doar’s courier service. This should be ordered online in advance of your appointment. Cost is 60 nis. After payment online by credit card, the label will be sent to you by email. It should be printed and brought along to the appointment. Please note: If you are applying for more than one passport, you need only provide ONE prepaid postage label.
- A printed copy of the confirmation email you received upon booking the appointment.
- 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 passport: $135
– For a CRBA: $100 (paid in advance online) – be sure to bring along receipt!
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.
Please note: As of June 12, 2023, it is no longer possible to pick up non-emergency passports.
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 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.
About a week or two after the status shows that it has been mailed back to the embassy in Israel, you can track your package at the Doar here using your tracking number.
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 can also be done via the link sent in the confirmation email from the Embassy. If you want to book a new appointment via their online link, you must first cancel your original appointment. Choose a new date and time for an appointment.