What exactly is a certificate of birth ?
QUESTION: What exactly is a certificate of birth and how do I get one for my passport application?
ANSWER: If the case is an applicant that was born abroad or born on a military base, the parent(s) of the applicant would most likely have reported the applicant’s birth with the United States Embassy or Consulate and they would have received a Consular Report of Birth Abroad. A copy of this document can be obtained by contacting the Department of State.
If the case is an applicant that was born overseas and adopted by a United States citizen, they will need to switch their original birth certificate that they received in the country they were born in. The applicant can contact the nearest foreign embassy or consulate for the country they were born in to have this process completed.
If the case is an applicant that was born in the United States, they can obtain their birth certificate easier than an applicant that was not born in the United States. For a United States born citizen to obtain their birth certificate, they can get in touch with the vital records office in the state in which the applicant was born. At the vital records office, an applicant has the option to expedite their processing time if they have to do so.
A birth certificate is a very significant piece of documentation that is required in order to gain a United States passport. If an applicant does not have a birth certificate, the applicant will not be able to gain a passport.