STEP 1:  Educate yourself on renouncing citizenship via Travel.State.Gov

STEP 2:  Complete the following documents (DO NOT SIGN/DATE ANY DOCUMENT):

  • DS-4081: Statement of Understanding Concerning the Consequences and Ramifications of Renunciation or Relinquishment of U.S. Nationality
  • DS-4079: Request for Determination of Possible Loss of US Citizenship
  • DS-4080: Oath/Affirmation of Renunciation of Nationality of United States

STEP 3:  Notify the U.S. Embassy in San Jose to coordinate a consular Interview and renunciation ceremony (  Please use the subject line X44 – YOUR FULL NAME – RENUNCIATION.

STEP 4:  Bring the following to your interview with the consular officer:

  • DS-4081, DS-4079, and DS-4080 – completed but not signed or dated
  • Original birth certificate
  • U.S. passport
  • Other foreign passport(s) (if applicable)
  • Original Certificate of Naturalization (if applicable)
  • Payment (U.S. dollars, colones or debit/credit card) for USD $2,350.00

STEP 5:  All documentation will be sent to the U.S. Department of State in Washington DC for review.

  • We cannot provide an estimate of how long the review will take.
  • During this time, you will continue to be considered a U.S. national and can travel on your U.S. passport.
  • Once the decision from Washington DC is received, the U.S. Embassy in Costa Rica will contact you to schedule a final appointment.
  • If your renunciation is approved, you will receive a final certificate of renunciation and your U.S. passport will be cancelled and returned to you.  Only then will you officially be considered a non-U.S. national.