How to obtain an international birth certificate

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How to obtain an international birth certificate
Obtaining an international birth certificate can take up to eight weeks. (id form image by Alexey Klementiev from

Birth certificates are necessary for various purposes, such as part of employment or school application processes, obtaining a marriage license or passport, or for estate and inheritance reasons. Obtaining a copy of an international birth certificate can be a lengthy process, therefore ensuring you have accurate information is essential.

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Things you need

  • Request for Report of Birth Abroad
  • Consular Vital Record Search Request
  • Copy of your driver's license or photo ID

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  1. 1

    Complete the necessary forms accurately. You will need to provide your full name, your relationship to the person you are requesting the certificate for (if not yourself), and the mother and father's names and country of birth. You will need to sign the forms for a minor child. If the child is over 18, he can sign the form himself.

  2. 2

    Photocopy your valid driver's license or state-issued identification card. Be sure all identifying information is clear and legible to prevent any delays in the processing of your application.

  3. 3

    Provide your credit card information on the Request For Report of Birth Abroad form for payment purposes. The cost includes £32 for a state department fee, £41.5 for shipping and handling fees and £13 for each additional copy of the birth certificate you are applying for.

  4. 4

    Have a notary public notarise the form prior to sending it. You must sign all forms in the presence of the notary public to make them legal and binding.

  5. 5

    Send all completed forms plus the copy of your license or identification card to:

    Born Abroad Secure Ordering Service

    c/o Vitalcheck Network

    P.O. Box 1703

    Brentwood, TN 37024-1703

Tips and warnings

  • Contact your state department of health and vital records for any questions. Your state department cannot issue an international birth certificate but can be a valuable asset.

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