Consular Reports of Death

The consular Report of Death of an American Citizen Abroad is a report that provides the essential facts concerning the death of a U.S. citizen, disposition of remains, and custody of the personal effects of a deceased citizen. This form is generally used in legal proceedings in the United States in lieu of the foreign death certificate. The Report of Death is based on the foreign death certificate, and cannot be completed until the foreign death certificate has been issued.

All deaths of American Citizens should be reported to the American Citizen Services in order for a Report of Death of an American Citizen Abroad to be issued.

You may visit the American Citizens Services Unit, Monday thru Thursday (between 11:00 and 12 noon) to file the report. You do not need to schedule an appointment for this service.

You will be asked to present the following documents:

  • The Death Certificate
  • Proof of Citizenship (The deceased’s US Passport and/or Naturalization Certificate)
  • Form DS-2060 (PDF 19 KB)

The American Citizen Services unit will send the following documents to the next-of-kin:

  • Consular Report of Death of an American Citizen Abroad (A maximum of 20 copies are provided free-of-charge; additional certified copies may be ordered from the Department of State for a fee.)
  • The original Guyanese death certificate
  • The deceased’s canceled U.S. passport

For more information, please refer to the Department of State website.