Consular Report of Birth or Death
The U.S Consulate in Bermuda is able to prepare two types of consular documents.
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad: A document issued by the U.S. 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. Please go to Reports of Birth for more information.
- Report of the Death of an American Citizen: A document issued by the U.S. Consulate reflecting the facts of a death abroad of an American citizen. The document is based upon the local death certificate. For more information regarding deaths of American citizens please go to Deaths of Americans Abroad or contact the consulate.
How to Apply for a Certified Copy of One of These Reports:
Since the consulate does not keep copies of reports of birth or death in office for very long, applicants must submit a signed, written request including all pertinent facts of the occasion along with requester's return address and telephone number. Only the subject, parent, or legal guardian may request a birth record. If the request is for a Consular Report of Birth or FS-240, the original FS-240 or a notarized affidavit attesting to its disposition must be included with the request. If a birth record is to be amended or corrected, appropriate certified documents supporting the request must be included.
Where to write:
U.S. Department of State
Passport Correspondence Office
1111 19th St., N.W., Suite 510
Washington, D.C. 20524
Fees: $50.00 for a replacement copy of the Consular Report of Birth (FS-240) and the Certification of Birth (DS-1350); $20.00 for first copy and $10.00 for each additional copy. There is a $30 fee for a certified copy of a Report of Death, and a $20 fee for each additional copy provided as part of the same request. Make check or bank draft drawn on a bank in the United States, or money order, payable to the "Department of State."
Turnaround time: Unlike passport agencies, which have received all of the documentation needed from the applicant, most consular vital records must be retrieved from off-site repositories, including the National Archives. Since the time required to retrieve these records varies significantly based up the type of record and date of occurrence, it is impossible to give an exact estimate of the turnaround time. However, most cases can be completed within eight to twelve weeks.
Expedited Service: Overnight delivery can save processing time, but there is no way to reduce the retrieval time. Overnight return via Federal Express is available for an additional $10.00, or the requester may provide a prepaid air bill for the courier of choice.
Additional Information: Please contact the consulate or call the Passport Correspondence Office in Washington DC at (202) 955-0307.