The U.S. State Department says it is centralizing the production of consular report of birth abroad for security reasons.
These documents will now be produced at the department’s passport facilities in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and New Orleans, Louisiana.
The document is an official record that shows that a child born overseas has acquired U.S. citizenship at birth, the department said.
The redesigned document has state-of-the-art security features that make it extremely resistant to alterations or forgery, the department said. Until now the documents were printed at U.,S. embassies and consulates around the world. Centralizing production and eliminating the distribution of controlled blank form stock throughout the world ensures improved uniform quality and lessens the threat of fraud, the department said.
In a strange display of political correctness, the department added that applications for U.S. passports and the redesigned consular report of birth abroad will also use the title of “parent” as opposed to “mother” and “father.” These improvements are being made to provide a gender neutral description of a child’s parents and in recognition of different types of families, the department said.