Coordination Number and Name Registration
A child applicant who was born abroad and has never had a Swedish passport must first be added to the Swedish population register by applying for a coordination number.
The application is free of charge and can be filed at all Swedish consulates in the US and at the Embassy in Washington. The child must be present when the application is filed, and must be accompanied by at least one legal guardian. More detailed information about the structure and function of coordination numbers is available from the Swedish Tax Agency.
An application is filed in person at the Embassy in Washington during regular opening hours, no appointment is necessary.
The following documents are required:
- Name registration form RSV 7750, signed by both legal guardians and by the applicant, if she or he is 12 or older.
- If legal custody has been granted to one parent or to another person, legal proof of guardianship must be submitted with the application.
- Child's original birth certificate, issued by the state's Vital Records Office, and clearly stating the names of both parents (or notarized copy thereof – see below for important notice regarding notarized copies.)
- Swedish passport for Swedish citizen parent (or notarized copy thereof – see below for important notice regarding notarized copies.)
- Valid photo ID with clearly visible signature for a foreign citizen parent, e.g. passport or driver's license (or notarized copy thereof – see below for important notice regarding notarized copies.)
- Original documentation proving U.S. resident status (valid visa or green card) or U.S. citizenship (naturalization certificate AND U.S. passport) of Swedish legal guardian(s) (or notarized copy thereof - see below for important notice regarding notarized copies.)
- Please note if a Swedish citizen parent has become a U.S. citizen by application (naturalization), the Certificate of Naturalization must be presented - in original or a notarized copy thereof (see below for important notice regarding notarized copies.)
- If a Swedish citizen parent gained U.S. citizenship by application before July 1, 2001, documentation from the Swedish Migration Board must be provided to certify that s/he has regained Swedish citizenship.
- If the mother is registered through the population register as living in Sweden at the time of the birth, a certificate from the hospital or the doctor stating that the mother carried the child needs to be submitted.
- If married, parents'/legal guardians' original marriage certificate (or notarized copy thereof – see below for important notice regarding notarized copies.)
- When a child is born abroad to an unmarried Swedish citizen father and foreign citizen mother, the child does not automatically become a Swedish citizen. A notification of Swedish citizenship must first be submitted by the father to a Swedish consulate/embassy (if the child resides abroad). This notification form (available in Swedish only) must be signed by both legal guardians. The form may be submitted at the same time as the application for a coordination number.
- Processing time is approximately 6-8 weeks.
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING NOTARIZED COPIES
If you choose to submit notarized copies of required documentation instead of original documents (e.g. birth certificate, marriage certificate, certificate of naturalization, passports, etc), please note that the copy must be certified by a notary public as being a "True copy of the original document" and carry the signature and official stamp of said notary public. A copy where you yourself, in the presence of a notary, certify that the document is a true copy is not sufficient for our needs. The Embassy in Washington recommends that you bring original documents along with regular photocopies of all required documentation, including passports, when submitting an application to our office.