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American Citizens Born Abroad Premium Service

For American citizens who were born abroad, a copy of your Record of Birth Abroad can be obtained in as little as four weeks, but may take up to eight weeks or longer.

These documents, like most consular vital records, are retrieved from the National Archives or other record repositories and definitive turnaround times are not available.

However, all requests placed through VitalChek's express certificate service are processed by VitalChek on an expedited priority basis.
A Record of Birth Abroad is the equivalent of a certified birth certificate, and can typically be used for legal purposes including applying for a passport or for proof of U.S. citizenship.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: All requests filled through VitalChek's express certificate service for Birth Abroad Records must:
  • be notarized by a certified notary, and
  • include a photocopy of valid government-issued photo identification
  • be placed by the certificate holder (child name on certificate) that is over 18. If the certificate holder is under 18, a parent is allowed to order.
Click here to display and print the Request For Report of Birth Abroad form (PDF).
Send the completed, notarized forms, along with the valid government-issued photo identification copy, to:
Passport Services
VitalChek Network, Inc.
PO Box 222130
El Paso, TX 79913
For 25 years, VitalChek has been the official, government-authorized direct connection between U.S. citizens and the government agencies issuing vital records nation-wide, including certified copies of birth certificates, death certificates, marriage records and divorce records.