FAQ: How to Get Your Birth Certificate When You Are a US Citizen Born Abroad?

Are you an American citizen that was born abroad? If you haven’t already acquired it, knowing how to obtain a birth certificate if you were born overseas might be beneficial if you find yourself unsure of where to start. It is imperative that if you gave birth abroad, or had children born abroad, you contact your local consulate or U.S. Embassy as soon as possible. Once notified, your consulate or embassy will start the application process. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (a CRBA or Form FS-240) will be granted to your child. You may also apply for a passport for your child at this time. You are not required to have a CRBA to apply for your child’s passport, but it is advised to obtain one for future identification purposes when you and your child return to the United States.

Frequently Asked Questions about obtaining a birth certificate for foreign born children of American citizens:

Q: Who do I contact to obtain a birth certificate if my child was born abroad?

A: You will need to call the office responsible for issuing vital documents for the facility you gave birth at. Then you’ll need to contact your nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate to begin the application process for a CRBA (Consular Report of Birth Abroad) as soon as possible after the birth of your child born abroad to determine citizenship.

Q: Will my child be issued a birth certificate, and if so, where will it state my child was born?

A: Once you’ve contacted the office responsible for issuing vital records for the facility and location that your child was born and it is submitted to your US Embassy or Consulate, you will fill out a Form FS-240. Once that is approved the document you will be provided with is a CRBA (Consular Report of Birth Abroad). This document will be your child’s official record to claim of citizenship with the United States. This will serve as ID in all the same capacities as a regular birth certificate.

Q: What if I was born abroad and need a birth certificate replacement?

A: You can request a replacement CRBA at any time through the U.S. Department of State. If you need an actual copy of your birth document, you’ll need to contact the vital records office responsible for the location you gave birth.

Q: I would like to amend mine or my child’s CRBA, how do I do that?

A: Contacting the U.S. Department of State will tell you all requirements necessary to amend your CRBA.

The process is pretty straight forward when it comes to ordering or vital birth records from overseas. Sometimes you’ll be required to provide documentation for yourself if you are the legal guardian of a child born abroad. In the event you find yourself needing a certified copy of your vital documents, Vitalchek.com can assist you in replacing those documents in a secure and timely fashion.

109 Comments

  1. I have a quick question my son was born in Mexico I’ve going too apply for his crba I just wanted too know if they give the crba certificate right there and then ????

    1. Hello Eva and thank you for your question.

      We are unsure if the Consulates office has the option for same day service. This question would be best asked to them directly.https://mx.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/birth/
      Thank you,
      Nichole H.

  2. Born in Germany and seeing how I can order a birth certificate

    1. Good morning, Michelle and thanks for your question. If you are an American born abroad, you can use the following link to find out more information: https://www.vitalchek.com/content/bornabroad.aspx# If you have further questions, please contact us at 800-255-2414. Thanks.

  3. I HAVE NO IDEA WHERE TO BEGIN. I WAS BORN ON A MILITARY INSTALLATION IN SPAIN IN 1966. MY FATHER WAS IN THE AIR FORCE AND I HAVE MY SS # AND THATS IT.

    1. Hello Stacey. Thank you for your question. You can order a certificate online through VitalChek using the U.S.Citizens Born Abroad link: https://www.vitalchek.com/content/bornabroad.aspx. If you have need assistance, you can email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

  4. Hello, my name is Dion, and I’m 18 years old. I’ve lived in America almost my entire life, however as of right now I’m confused as to what I should do reading this. You see I was born outside of US borders in Mexico. However I was born to my father who is a US citizen. You see here’s the issue however. I was given a Naturalization citizenship rather than a “born abroad citizenship”. This however makes me feel a little troubled because on all of my military documents I have claimed that I am “born abroad” however my legal presence here, or at least my papers, says i am just an immigrant!
    Which brings me to my question. How do I go about getting my Birth Abroad certificate? I have my birth certificate from Mexico, U.S naturalization, SS #, and several other documents. So where do I start?

    1. Hello Dion. Thank you for your question. You mentioned that your father was a U.S. citizen but you did not specify about your mother. Your status as a naturalized citizen as opposed to a U.S. citizen born abroad could be due to a number of factors including the citizenship status of your mother, your parents’ marital status at the time of your birth, where your father resided for the in the years prior to your birth, etc. Please see the following link to the U.S. Department of State for a more detailed explanation: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal-considerations/us-citizenship-laws-policies/citizenship-child-born-abroad.html. If you still have questions, we recommend that you consult with the U.S. Department of State for further clarification. If it is determined that you are classified as an American Citizen Born Abroad, you may order a birth certificate from VitalChek at https://www.vitalchek.com/content/bornabroad.aspx.

  5. Hey, I have an issue around this topic. I was born in the Philippines and adopted by an aunt who is an American citizen. They were abusive towards me for most of the time I was there and I ended up running away from them due to that. After securing my safety, I realized I don’t have my birth certificate, passport, or any type of government ID. I have asked her for it but was told that my birth certificate and passport were “thrown away”. All I have is my social security number and that’s it. I have looked all around and saw that most of the documents to retrieve any type of naturalization document requires some sort of government ID which I can not provide since my step parents, I guess you can say stole it. I am now over 18 and am looking to get my birth certificate, but due to the lack of identification, it is rather difficult. I also read on some of the documents to retrieve my naturalization paper I need to know information that I do not know about my step parents, and in others its telling me that I need them to vouch for me. I am at a dead end with no more things to do, and I need help. I know I have: a copy of my birth certificate from the Philippines, my high school ID, and a sworn statement, that is it. I can not even request for a CRBA since I do not have a government ID as I said. Any help would be appreciated, Thanks in advance.

    1. Hello Venice. Thank you for reaching out to us. If you were legally adopted by your aunt, there should be a birth certificate reflecting the adoption on file in the city/state where the legal adoption took place. We recommend that you contact the vital records agency in that city to determine what you will need to do to verify your identity in order to obtain your birth certificate. In some instances, you may be able to answer a series of questions to verify your identity. With regards to your social security card, you may be able to get a replacement using an alternate form of ID such as a school ID. For more information, go to: https://www.ssa.gov/ssnumber/ss5doc.htm

  6. Hello , my name is heder I am us citizen
    My son is in ethiopia How can I apply for my son’s consular report of birth abroad in here (in usa)

    1. Thanks for your question. You can apply for your son’s Consular Report of Birth Abroad through our website at: https://www.vitalchek.com/content/bornabroad.aspx, or you can contact the US State Department directly at http://www.travel.state.gov. Thank you.

  7. My daughter was born in China and has a CRBA and a US passport. We’re here in the US now registering for kindergarten. They all want a birth certificate; they don’t know what a CRBA is and are saying I need to figure out how to get one. Please advise.

    1. Hello Shawna. Thank you for reaching out to us regarding this issue. We recommend that you direct the school officials to this page of the State Department website where paragraph two clearly states “According to U.S. law, a CRBA is proof of U.S. citizenship and may be used to obtain a U.S. passport and register for school, among other purposes.” We hope this will help with your situation.

      1. I have the same problem that Shawna Secor. Do you know if exists a document that is similar to a Birth Certificate that the Vital Records can give to us. My son has CRBA and his American Passport and SSN, but the school does not know nothing about it, and they said that I need bring a certificate that said that he changed legally name or a Birth Certificate that was made in a State of the United States. So I would love to know if exists a document that is similar to a Birth Certificate that I can ask in the United Statas for my kid that has CRBA. Thank you for read my question. I will be waiting for your answer. Thanks! Sorry for my English too, I am not native English speaker. Thanks!

        1. Hello Alexandra. We’re sorry to hear you are having difficulty getting the school to recognize your son’s CRBA as an official birth document. The only thing we can suggest is to refer the school personnel to the official description of a CRBA on the US. State Department’s website. Please click here for more information.

          1. Larissa, Thank you so much for your answer.

    2. Shawna, did you fix the issue with the school. I had almost the same problem with the kindergarten of my son. They do not know about the CRBA is. Do you know if exists a way of going to the vital records and ask for a document similar to a Birth Certificate, for our kids that were born abroad. Thank you so much for your answer. Sorry for my English, I am not a native speaker. Thanks.

  8. Both of my children were born in Australia. We weren’t aware that they are eligible for dual nationality (I am American, my husband is Australian) and so didn’t register their births with the local consulate at the time. We are now here in the US, my husband has been granted a green card and I would like to get passports and SSN’s for my children. How can I obtain a CRBA from within the US? (My children are 9 and 5 years old now.) Thank you for any advice you can give.

    1. Hello, Shelly! Thanks for reaching out with your question. Normally, in order to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad, you would report your child’s birth to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the country of birth. Since you are already residing in the U.S., we suggest you contact the U.S. Department of State for more information on how to proceed with obtaining CRBA’s for your children. Click here for more information from their website.

      1. Hi Larissa! Thank you so much for your response. I’ve actually been to the page you suggested for me. The information that I’m not able to find is actually HOW to contact the State Department. I’ve clicked on numerous links from their site, downloaded the CRBA form and read quite a lot about the process. The only problem is, the process takes place out of the CONUS. I’m at a bit of a loss at this point. I’ve even looked for an email address and/or general phone number to call and have come up empty handed. (That being said, there’s a very good chance its right under my nose!)
        Is there any chance you can help me further?

        1. Hello Shelley. I could not find a contact link that related directly to your situation. A google search for contacting the US Department of State did, however produce this number for customer service – +1 202-647-4000. In addition, this link takes you to a “Contact Us” submission form where you can ask for assistance with determining the correct contact information with regard to your situation. Hope this gets you started in the right direction. Good luck.

          1. Thank you again for your help Larissa. I’ll give it a try and see how it goes. 🙂

  9. My grandmother was born in 1949 in Tokyo Japan to a Japanese woman and a US Air Force man. She has lived in the US her entire life and has recently lost her birth certificate. How do I go about getting her a new one. I have her social security card and her ID.

    1. Hello Amanda. Thanks for reaching out to us. If your grandmother was a US citizen, she may be able to order a copy of her CRBA (Consular Report of Birth Abroad) through VitalChek. Click here for more information. If you have any questions, you can email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com.

  10. Hello! My wife and are considering having a baby in the Philippines. I am a US citizen and she is a filipino who is a permanent resident of the United States. My questions are:
    (1) If we did this, will we be able to immediately travel back to the USA with our baby?
    (2) What documents do we need?
    (3) If there is a delay, how long should we expect?

    *Any other information pertaining to this topic would be appreciated.

    1. Hello Daniel. Thanks for reaching out to us. While we do not have the answers to your questions, we suggest you reach out to either the US Department of State or the US Embassy or consulate in the Philippines for more information. They should be able to provide you with the proper guidance.

  11. How do I obtain a copy of my baby sitater’s birth record? She was born in Munchweiller, Germany. My father was U.S. Army and we were stationed there. She was born Oct. 1966 and died there in June of 1968. On her death record document, it states that she is eligible for disinterment by my parents, or next of kin. I will be looking into the process and cost of that before deciding if I want to have her moved to the states. I am sure she was born in the Army, military hospital in Landstuhl/Frankfurt. Any help would be appreciated.
    Katrina Kuhn Lunsford

    1. Thank you for your question Katrina. If your sister’s birth was recorded with the United States, the best place to start would be the U.S. State Department for a Certified Record of Birth Abroad. If you have all the pertinent details, you can apply for the CRBA through our website at https://www.vitalchek.com/content/bornabroad.aspx, or you can review information directly from the State Department (https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/abroad/events-and-records/birth.html) about how to apply for the CRBA. We hope this is helpful for you. Thank you.

  12. My son needs a copy of his daughter’s CRBA. He has a picture of the original. Where can the serial number be found on the FS-240?

    1. Hello Leora. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question regarding getting a replacement CRBA. We recommend you contact the U.S. Department of State regarding the location of a serial number on a FS-240. That being said, according to the State Department website, the serial number is only required if it is known. Therefore, if he meets all the other requirements, he may still be able to order a copy of the CRBA. We hope this information is helpful.

  13. Hi, my husband was born in Hidelburg (sp) Germany and needs to get a copy of his Birth Certificate. How can we do that?
    Thank you.

    1. Hello Heather. Thanks for reaching out to us. It is unclear from your post whether your husband is a German citizen or an American citizen born abroad at a location such as a military installation. If he was born to German citizens, he will need to contact the German government agency that handles vital records requests. If he was born abroad to at least one American parent and is classified as an American citizen born abroad, he will need to contact the U.S. Department of State to request a certified copy of his Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). Hope this information was helpful!

  14. Hi my daughter born in México in 2004 and I didn’t know about this certificate of abroad until now. She is here with me in the United State since 2008, I am a USA citizen a my wife is a Mexican citizen.
    How can I apply for her certificate abroad and her password here in USA, or where can I apply for her certificate abroad

    Please help, I been trying to legalize her status and no one can help me at all.

    Thank you so muck and the best regards.

    Samuel n Arciniega

    1. Hello Samuel. Thanks for reaching out to us. To obtain a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA), you would usually go to apply at the U.S. Embasssy or Consulate in the country of birth. Since you are already here in the states, we recommend you contact the U.S. Department of State for further guidance.

  15. Hello. My baby was born in Russia. She already got her CRBA and a passport. We are about to go back to the USA. My question is if we need to translate her Russian original birth certificate and if we need it there at all or CRBA is enough to issue SSN and for other things we might need for her.

    1. Hello Marianna. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is the equivalent of a certified birth certificate, and can typically be used for legal purposes including applying for a passport, social security card or for proof of US citizenship. Nonetheless, we suggest you consult with the U.S. embassy as to whether there would be any need for you to have the Russian birth certificate translated.

  16. I need a copy of my birth certificate to renew my Florida driver’s license. I was born in the Belgian Congo in 1931 to
    American missionaries. What do I do and will they except a FS1350?

    1. Hello Jeanette. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Since you were born abroad to American parents, we suggest you contact the U.S. Department of State to get a copy of your CRBA (Consular Report of Birth Abroad). Click here for more information on the documentation you will need to provide to order your certificate.

  17. Hello, I adopted two children who were born in Liberia and were then adopted by us in Illinois. So they have a certificate of foreign birth. I need to get certified copies of the birth certificate. Can I use the vitalcheck system for that?
    Thanks!
    Shannon

    1. Good morning, Shannon. We appreciate you reaching out to us with your question regarding VitalChek ordering services. You should be able to order certified copies of your children’s Consular Reports of Birth Abroad through VitalChek. Please click here for more information. If you have any questions during the process, you can email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com and we’ll be happy to assist you. Best regards.

  18. Hi. May I know how can apply for CRBA of my son if the US Citizen father is not cooperative? I have been contacting him in all (skype, social media, phone, email, etc.) ways that I know but he is not responding. He was able to sign the birth certificate though of our son and acknowledge in writing that our child is his son. Right now, I do not know where he lives. He abandoned us since the baby was 2 year old. we are not married. What must I do? thanks so much.

    1. Good morning, Goldhameir. We’re sorry to hear about your situation. If you live abroad, we suggest you contact the U.S embassy or consulate in the area where you live. They should be able to provide you with the proper information on how to obtain the CRBA for your son. If you live in the United States, you will need to contact the U.S. Department of State for more information. We sincerely hope you find a resolution to this issue.

  19. I have a question, I’m not sure if you can answer it. I’m an American citizen and my son was born in America as well. His father is a Mexican citizen and isn’t on his birth certificate, we are trying to get him add but can’t seem to find anything on this. I’ve looked everywhere online and haven’t found any answers. Thank you for your time.

    1. Hello Jacqueline. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. The guidelines for amending a birth certificate can vary from agency to agency so we recommend you contact the vital records agency that originally issued your son’s birth certificate. They should be able to give you more information on what steps you will need to add his father’s name to the certificate.

  20. Hello, I apologize if this type of question has already been answered. I was born on an US military base in Japan in 1977. My father is retired US Air Force. Both of my parents are US citizens (both born in the US). My family came back to the US when I was about 3 years old. I recently graduated college and I’m applying for a license in the medical field. The birth certificate I have is not an official document. Can I obtain an official birth certificate through the vital check website? Thank you very much for your help.

    1. Hello Amy. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. You may order your Consular Report of Birth Abroad from VitalChek. Click here for more information and to get started with the process. Please feel free to email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com if you have any questions.

      1. Thank you so much for getting back to me so quickly. I feel so relieved now. Thank you, thank you!

        1. You are welcome. We’re glad we were able to assist you.

  21. I was born at the Tachakawa International Air Force hospital in Tokyo, Japan back in 1962, I am an American Citizen but
    I recently lost my Report of birth abroad along with my birth certificate and I need them in order to get a
    state Identification card from the state of Oregon. Is there any information you can send me via email?
    I sincerely appreciate it.

    1. Hello Mark. Sorry to hear you’ve lost your vital records. You can order a replacement copy for your Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) through VitalChek or through the U.S. Department of State. If you have any questions, please email us at vitals.research@vitalchek.com and we’ll be happy to assist you.

  22. My Daughter was born in Germany. My wife and I are getting a divorce. My wife and daughter are already state side, do they have to come back to Germany to get citizenship for our daughter or can it be done somewhere in the States?

    1. Hello Joshua. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. We suggest you contact the U.S. State Department to determine what steps if any may be necessary for you to take regarding your daughter’s citizenship. Click here to visit there website.

  23. My husband was born in Germany, how can he get his birth certificate.

    1. Hello Claudia. We appreciate your question. If your husband’s parents were U.S. citizens at the time of his birth, he will more than likely need to contact the U.S. State Department to get a copy of his Consular Report of Birth Abroad. If his parents were German citizens, he will need to contact the agency within the German government that handles vital records.

  24. Hello,
    My sister was born in Lima Peru, but her father was an american citizenship and my parents were married,
    Her father died a couple months before she was born, but she was conceived under Wedlock; She currently lives in Peru and she is already 24 years old.
    what would be the best way for her to obtain her proof of US Citizenship so she can live in the USA.

    1. Hello Esther. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. We suggest that your sister contact the US consulate or embassy in her area to find out what documentation she will need to provide to prove U.S. Citizenship.

  25. Hello,

    I was born in the Philippines, my dad was in the military and a U.S. citizen. My dad left without me. I have his name and have tried to find ways to get my citizenship and have had difficulties in getting my U.S. citizenship. I know my dad’s name and where – abouts. The only person that has had close contact with my dad was an mutual friend that passed away, before I could get the chance to meet with him. I contacted the local congress, but with no avail Can anyone help me where congress and the military can’t. Thank you.

    1. Hello Reginald. Sorry to hear about your situation. If you haven’t done so already, you may want to contact the U.S. Embassy to see if they can offer you guidance with your situation. We wish the best.

  26. Are there instructions on how to fill out the request for the CRBA form? I am doing this for my son who is 15.

    1. Hello Chelsie. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. You may want to contact the U.S. Department of State for guidance with the CRBA form. Please CLICK HERE to visit their website for more information.

  27. If my child was born in Texas but I am not a US citizen (Now living in Mexico) how can I obtain my child’s birth certificate? How can I do this from Mexico? thank you.

    1. Hello Esther. Thanks for reaching out to us with your question. Since your child was born in the U.S., you may be able to order their birth certificate online through VitalChek and have it delivered to you in Mexico. You can contact us via email at vitals.research@vitalchek.com with any questions you may have.

  28. I was in the military stationed in Berlin Germany. My son was born in a German hospital due to the army hospital being closed during the Gulf War. I have an International birth certificate for him and also had a US passport for him. I don’t know if he was ever registered at the embassy or consulate due to the war going on and personnel deployed. He was born in November 1990. Of course his old passport is expired and we never had issues until now. Do I need to call the embassy in Berlin to find this info out?

    1. Hello Dave. Thanks for reaching out with your question. You may want to start by contacting the US Department of State for more information about obtaining your son’s Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). Click Here to visit the US State Department website for more information.

  29. How do I get the phone number for the embassy of the USA?
    Foes the Tokyo,Japan have a seal for a birth certificate?

    1. Hello. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Please click here for more information on how to contact a particular US Embassy.

  30. My child has had her FS 240 since birth. Her father and I are both US citizens. she was born in a local hospital in Germany while we were on an Ex Patriate (non military) assignment for work. We are wondering what answers she should give on applications she fills out for “city”, “state”, and “country” that she was born . Any help regarding this mystery would be greatly appreciated! 🙂

    1. Hello Christina. When filling out any forms she would list the city and country where she was born and then click a box that would notate she is a U.S. citizen. For further details, we suggest you contact the U.S. State Department which issues the CRBA certificates or click here to visit their website.

  31. I was born abroad mom was on her way to Bellingham, WA and went into labor. I was born in Cambell River British Columbia. I was only born there. I have a birth certificate. I’ve been trying to get a replacement drivers license but they need proof of citizenship aren’t I a citizen since I was only born there and raised in the us?

    1. Hello Carleta. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Just being raised in the U.S. does not make you a U.S. citizen. However, if your parents were U.S. citizens at the time of your birth, you may be considered a U.S. citizen born abroad and should have a Consular Report of Birth Abroad as your birth certificate. If the birth certificate you have is issued by British Columbia, you may be considered a Canadian citizen. You may need to contact the U.S. Sate Department for more information on your citizenship status.

  32. Hi! I’ve got a question, in my case I was born in Belgium, and had a CRBA done for US and for Spain.
    I’ve been living in Spain since I was 6 years old and my mother lost lot’s of documents, the prior point why I need the FS-240 is to renew for the fisrt time to adult US passport; here comes my question my US passport expired 15 years ago, I have no contact with US family that could make the request on my behalf and since I have no valid photo ID, what could I do? Could I present Spanish documents to prove my identidy?

    Thank you

    1. Hello Ana. Sorry to hear about your dilemma. You may want to contact the U.S. Embassy & Consulate in Spain for more information on how to obtain a copy of your FS-240 and what documents you can use for identity purposes. We hope you get the answers you need.

  33. Hi. My 2 year old baby was born in Honduras im a U. S citizen and her father is a Honduran citizen.. I just now knew that i could get her a CRBA i got in contact with the US embassy here in honduras but my question is how long will it take to bring my baby into the US since im trying to move back and go to college??

    1. Hi Karen. Thanks for reaching out with your question. You may want to get back in touch with the Embassy or the U.S. State Department to see if they can provide you with a time estimate for receiving the CRBA once it is applied for. You will also more than likely need to get a passport for daughter if you have not dome so already.

  34. Hi. My husband misplaced his birth certificate. He was born in South Korea. He came to U.S. with his father when he was a baby. His father was in military in Korea. How can he achieve getting his Birth Certificate?

    1. Hello Ms. Printz. If your father-in-law was an American citizen at the time of your husband’s birth, your husband’s certificate of birth will more than likely be a CRBA (Consular Report of Birth Abroad) which is issued through the U.S. Department of State. CLICK HERE to visit their website for more information.

  35. Hi, my sister became a US citizen back in 2012 and so did her baby boy. After that she went back to our home country of Pakistan where she residesat the moment. Her husband is a Pakistani citizen. She had her second baby in Pakistan who is now 3 years old. When she contacted the US consulate to get his CRBA she was told that because she had not lived in the US for 5 whole years, her son is not eligible for US citizenship. She will have to apply for his immigration.But the problem is that she cant leave her son in Pakistan and live here in the US for a year, which is whats required of her.Our entire family lives in the US and so does our mom, who really wants to see her but is too old to travel to Pakistan. Is there any way that my sister would be able to bring her son here with her and then apply for his immigration. How about a visit visa?

    1. Hello Amna. We are sorry to hear about your sister’s predicament. Unfortunately, I do not know the answers to your questions. We suggest she contact the US consulate again to determine what options she has for traveling with her son.

  36. I am in a domestic violence shelter from fleeing Arizona when my biyfriend got sentanced to prison after shooting me and leaving me for dead. His family began to threaten me, so i moved. Apparently he destroyed all my important papers and im in despret need of my birth certificate. I was born in Frankfurt Germany in 1962 and adopted by military and brought to the states. How much would it cost, the quickest way to obtain this, If there is a way to get the fees waived and who to go through to do all this

    1. We are sorry to hear about your circumstances. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, birth certifications for alien children adopted by U.S. citizens and lawfully admitted to the United States may be obtained from the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) if the birth information is on file. To obtain the birth data, it is necessary to provide the Immigration Office with proof of adoption or legitimation.

  37. Hi,
    My daughter was born in Canada. We were not able to apply for her certificate of birth abroad while there. Now we’re here in the US. My husbands a US citizen and I’m Canadian. This would be the first time applying for a certificate of birth abroad. Will be able to do that through vital check?

    1. Good morning, Roukia. Thanks for reaching out with your question about obtaining a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) for your daughter. If the CRBA already existed, you would be able to order a certified copy of that record through VitalChek. Since in your case it does not, you will need to go through the U.S. State Department to apply for the CRBA. Click here to visit the U.S. State Department website for more information. Another place to get detailed information about the process is the National Center for Health Statistics website. Hope this information helps.

  38. Hi, I became U.S. Citizen in September, 2012 I been living in the U.S since September 2003 as a Legal Permanent Resident ( Greencard holder ), I married my wife in Mexico and applied for a petition I-130, on january of 2017 after waiting 9 months it finally got approved by USCIS and now the case is on the NVC, but on September of last year our son was born and for obvious reasons I counld not list my son at the same time as my wife

    What can I do here? Can my son get a Certificate or Birth Abroad in an US Consulate in Mexico if I am a naturalized US Citizen and my wife a Mexican Citizen?

    Do I have to file another I-130 for him?

    The NAtional Visa Center told me that I could not add my son to my wife’s petition.

    Thank you

    1. Hello Ivan. You may want to reach out to the U.S. State Department for guidance about how to obtain a CRBA for you son. Click here to visit their website.

  39. I was born on Yokota AFB in August of 1978. I’ve lost my birth certirficate and need a new copy to obtain a passport. Do i need to get a consular report of birth abroad? Or can I just get a copy of my existing birth certificate somehow?
    Thank you!

    1. Hello Theresa. Thanks for reaching out with your question. Since you were born on an AFB abroad, you will need to order a replacement Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). Click here to visit the U.S. State Dept website for more information on how to order a replacement copy.

  40. My son was born in the Bahamas. His mother is a U.S Citizen. We separated in the Bahamas, but I got full legal custody of our son. The birth abroad was never filed by her. I am now a legal resident in the U.S and my son (now 8 years old) of course is here with me. How do I get his U.S documentation…birth certificate, ssn, passport?

    1. Hello. You can start the process by contacting the U.S. Department of State for more information on obtaining your son’s Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA). Click here to visit their website.

  41. Hello my name is Nicole and I was born in Japan. My parents are US citizens and my father was in the USAF.
    My mom kept my Certificate of birth abroad and citizenship papers with her. Both of my parents are now deceased and
    I am getting married in July and I need to obtain a passport.
    How or who do I contact about getting my birth certificate for a passport? I have been working on this for 2 weeks and no progress.
    Please help?? Thank you so much in advance.

    1. Hello Nicole. Congratulations on your upcoming wedding. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad and replacement copies are issued by the U.S. State Department. Please click here to visit their website for more information.

  42. I was born in Greece,,I now live in the States,I have American passport (included SSN and State ID) since I am American citizen born abroad. I need a copy of my birth certificate and not the Certification of birth Abroad. How can I obtain this?

    1. Since you are an American citizen born abroad, your Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)serves as your official record of birth.To get a copy of your CRBA, you will need to contact the U.S. Department of State.

  43. My friend who is a U.S Citizen born overseas is trying to get her a replacement Passport for future travels . Her original but expired passport has been lostfor the last 45yrs. In order to obtain her U..S.. Passport she requires her Birth Certificate Born Abroad. certificate. Pls advise what I formation is required and who she can contact in order to get it.
    Thank you

    1. Hello Zenaida. Your friend will need to contact the U.S. Department of State to replace her Consular Report of Birth Abroad. Please click here to visit their website for more information.

  44. Hi there! need a certified copy of the Certify of Birth Abroad US for my child. I live in Brazil and I don´t know where can I request this document.
    Could you support me with this documentation?

    Thank you very much.

    BR

    1. Hello Cristiana. Thanks for reaching out with your question. In order to apply for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) you will need to contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or consulate. If they determine that your child acquired U.S. citizenship at birth, a consular officer will approve the CRBA application and the Department of State will issue a CRBA, also called a Form FS-240, in the child’s name. Please click here for more information.

  45. How long is the processing for a CBRA? I noticed they took the payment on 04/19/2018 from looking at my bank statement. Despite the negative reviews I want to believe that this company works. I am sort of running out of options.

    1. Hello Nakoma. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) is issued by the U.S. State Department. Definitive turnaround times are not available as they are dependent upon volume and workload of State Department personnel. Typically a Consular Report of Birth Abroad may be issued within about four weeks from receipt of completed application and required documentation, but may take longer in certain situations.

  46. Can you apply for a certificate of birth abroad for your child in the US? We live in the US and my child was admited to the US by a custom officer with his birth certificate that showed me a US citizen as the father.T
    hank you for your advice in advance

    1. Hello Steve. Thanks for reaching out with your question. The U.S. State Department issues the Consular Report of Birth Abroad. Typically, you would submit the application at a US Embassy or consulate while you are still abroad. Since you are already back in the States, you may want to contact the State Department to determine the procedure for applying for the CRBA for your child from within the country.

  47. Hello how would I be put on my child’s birth certificate if she was born in the U. S but is not living with her mom who is no a US citizen in Spain? The mother can not return to the U. S for a year how can we go about me getting on the birth certificate if she can not be present to sign the form?
    Please help!

    1. Hello Angel. We suggest you contact the vital records agency that issued your daughter’s birth certificate originally to inquire about their requirements for amending the certificate to include your name. They may be able to tell you what, if any steps you can take while the mother ins in Spain.

  48. If a child was born abroad and the parents were not married but the biological father signed the forms to put his name on the Consular Report of Birth Abroad is he legally the father by operation of law in the United States or would
    paternity have to be established.

    1. Hello John. You may want to speak with someone who specializes in U.S. paternity law for the answer to this question.

  49. I need a birth certificate for my daughter, i’m a Canadian and so is my now x wife. I joined the US Airforce in 1964
    I was trensfered to Yokota, Japan. My daughter was born April 21-1970 at Tachikawa air force base. I’ve been told i need to contact the US Consulate in Tokyo

    1. Hello Wayne. Here is the contact information for the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo:
      1-10-5 Akasaka
      Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-8420 JAPAN
      Phone: 03-3224-5000

  50. I am a US Citizen born on a naval base in Yokosuka, Japan. I am in need of a copy of my birth certificate for passport purposes. I have filled out the FS-240 form and got it notarized. Mailed it certified on June 2, 2018 to the address provided on this website. I have yet to get any type response or notification. I can not find a contact number to get an update on the status of my inquiry.

    1. Hello Shaun. Please contact us so we can look into this for you. We can be reached by phone at 800-255-2414, by email at vitals.research@vitalchek.com or by private message at Facebook.com/VitalChek where you will usually get a response in a matter of minutes. We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused you.

Leave A Comment