Consular Report of Death of a US Citizen Abroad
A Consular Report of Death of a U.S. Citizen Abroad, often abbreviated as "CRDA," is an official document issued by a U.S. Embassy or U.S. Consulate when a U.S. citizen dies outside of the United States. The U.S. Department of State is responsible for overseeing the process.
This document serves as an official record of the death of a U.S. citizen overseas and provides details about the circumstances of the death.
Therefore, it can be used as the deceased's official Death Certificate and may be required by government agencies or financial institutions as proof of the person's death.
It's issued by the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to the location where the person died and typically issued only to Surviving Family, Next of Kin, or an Executor or Administrator of the deceased's Estate.
A CRDA is an important document and may be needed to help facilitate sensitive legal and financial matters when Administering the deceased's Estate, such as claiming Life Insurance benefits and facilitating any required Probate proceedings.
The process for obtaining a CRDA can vary depending on the country where the person died, but generally involves submitting a request to the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate, along with supporting documents, like proof of the deceased person's U.S. citizenship.
Important points about the Consular Report of Death include:
Information Included: A CRDA typically includes essential information about the deceased individual, such as their full name, date and place of birth, date and place of death, cause of death (if known), and identifying information, including passport details.
Witness Statements: The document may also include statements from witnesses to the death or individuals who can verify the circumstances surrounding the death.
Legal Effect: A CRDA is considered a legal document and is recognized as proof of the individual's death. Just like a death certificate issued within the United States, it is required for a number of administrative tasks, such as filing insurance claims, accessing bank accounts, and transferring property or Assets.
Multiple Copies: The U.S. Embassy or Consulate typically provides multiple Certified Copies of the CRDA to the next of kin or legal representative of the deceased. These copies can be used for different administrative and legal matters.
Consular Mortuary Certificate: In some cases, the CRDA may also include a Consular Mortuary Certificate, which is a separate document that confirms the preparation and shipment of the deceased person's remains for repatriation to the United States.
Repatriation: If the family or legal representatives wish to Repatriate the deceased U.S. citizen's remains to the United States, the CRDA can be instrumental in facilitating this process by providing necessary documentation for customs and transportation authorities.