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Documents that Must Be Ordered from the Department of State

Documents that Must Be Ordered from the Department of State in Washington (e.g. Consular Report of Birth Abroad)

Consular Report of Birth Abroad
A document issued by an American embassy or consulate reflecting the facts of a birth abroad of a child acquiring U.S. citizenship at birth through one or both parents. This record, also known as an FS-240, along with the Certification of Birth, DS-1350, are acceptable as proof of birth and U.S. citizenship for all legal purposes. Requesting certified copies, visit the State Department website.

Report of the Death of an American Citizen
A document issued by an American embassy or consulate reflecting the facts of a death abroad of an American citizen. The document is based upon the local death certificate. Requesting certified copies, visit the State Department website.

Certificate of Witness to Marriage
A document issued by an American embassy or consulate reflecting the facts of a marriage abroad in which at least one party is an American citizen. A consular officer must have attended the ceremony. This accommodation was discontinued in 1985. Requesting certified copies, visit the State Department website.

Certificate of Loss of Nationality
A document issued by an American embassy or consulate reflecting the facts of a loss of nationality abroad. Requesting certified copies, visit the State Department website.

NOTE: Requests must be notarized. This notarial can be done at no charge at the American Embassy or Consulates. Visit the notary information page for details on notarial services.