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Should I register with the Embassy and how do I do it? 

We recommend that you register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP); click here for further information. Enrollment is voluntary and costs nothing and means that we can better assist you in case of an emergency while you are abroad. We encourage you to enroll whether you are visiting the United Kingdom or residing here.  

How do I obtain a criminal record check from the United States? 

U.S. citizens may be asked to present a "certificate of good conduct" or "lack of a criminal record" for a variety of reasons for use abroad or in the United States, including adoption, school attendance, employment, etc. 

Information on applying for a criminal records check is available from the Federal Bureau of Investigation website at http://www.fbi.gov.   Alternatively you can contact the local police department where you reside or last resided in the United States to request that they conduct a criminal records search and provide you with a document reflecting that there is no history of a criminal record.

Authentication of Police or FBI Certificates of Lack of Criminal Record: 

Documents required for use abroad may require additional authentication.  The Department of State provides guidance on authentication or legalization of documents on their website at http://www.state.gov/m/a/auth/

Where can I have my fingerprints taken? 

You should be able to obtain fingerprint cards from your local police department or you may contact the National Fingerprint Centre at New Scotland Yard for assistance.  We cannot take your fingerprints.

Obtaining a CRB check in the United Kingdom. 

There are two ways to apply for a CRB check:

  1. Call the disclosure application line at 0870 90 90 844
  2. Fill out the paper application given to you by the person who asked you to apply

Further information can be found at http://www.crbeguide.co.uk

I want to marry/enter into a Civil Partnership in the United Kingdom. 

Information regarding marriages/civil partnerships is available from www.www.direct.gov.uk

Do I need to file taxes in the United States if I live overseas?

If you are a U.S. citizen or Lawful Resident Alien, the rules for filing income, estate, and gift tax returns and paying estimated tax are generally the same whether you are in the United States or abroad. Your worldwide income is subject to U.S. income tax, regardless of where you reside.

For additional information, please visit the website of the Internal Revenue Service at the U.S. Embassy London.

Can the Embassy help me find my friend/relative in the United States? 

It is difficult to trace someone in the United States when their whereabouts are completely unknown as there are no central records of names and addresses available to the public. Unfortunately, it is not possible for us to provide you with information on U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, or foreign nationals who travel to or reside in the United States.  These records are protected by the Privacy Act and cannot be divulged to third parties.

However, there may be other parties that can assist you in your search.  Information on tracing persons in the United States (including through military and religious organizations) may be found on our web site.

We cannot help you trace your ancestry in the United Kingdom.  A list of organizations which may be able to help you trace friends or family is available from our website, here.

 Can the Embassy help me find a friend/relative in the United Kingdom? 

We can assist in locating a U.S. citizen in the United Kingdom in cases of parental child abduction or missing persons cases, or when a friend or loved one has not arrived at a location on the scheduled date and time. We cannot, however, help you trace your ancestry in the United Kingdom.  You may find the information on our website useful.  

 Obtaining vital records in the United Kingdom

 Information on obtaining a copy of your UK birth certificate is available from the UK General Register Office at http://www.gro.gov.uk/gro/content/certificates

If you are a U.S. citizen born abroad, your parents should have registered your birth at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate and received a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, Form FS-240.  This form is acceptable legal proof of birth and U.S. citizenship. Records are kept by the Passport Correspondence Office in Washington, D.C.

For more information on how to obtain a copy of your Consular Report of Birth Abroad, please see the Department of State's travel information website.

STEP Program

  • Our free app for smartphones
    Smart Traveler
    The Department of State's App for iPhone and Android, Smart Traveler, invites you to see the world with easy access to frequently updated official country information, travel
    alerts, travel warnings, maps, U.S. embassy locations, and more. Click here to get it !
  • Safer Traveller Enrollment Program

    If you are a U.S. Citizen currently traveling abroad, you may wish to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  You can do so through the Department of State's STEP system.