- Getting Married
- How to Obtain Vital Records
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Vital records for U.S. citizens such as birth certificates, death certificates, divorce decrees, etc., that were issued while in the U.S. are generally obtainable only from the U.S. State in which they were originally issued. The Consulate has no access to these documents and cannot order them for you. In the U.S., state, county or city governments, depending on location, usually hold such records.
Fee-based on-line services that help obtain records:
- One such service is VitalChek (800-255-2414), which allows you to request birth, death, and marriage certifications online, by phone, or by fax.
Documents that must be ordered from the State Department in Washington
The Consulate General keeps no copies of the documents we issue, such as Consular Reports of Birth Abroad. These documents are filed in Washington. We also do not keep any files of local civil documents, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc., that may have been submitted to us. For information on obtaining the following, please click below:
- Consular Report of Birth Abroad, which is the document issued by the American Embassy or Consulate reflecting the facts of birth abroad of a child acquiring U.S. citizenship at birth through one or both parents.
- Report of Death of an American Citizen, which is the document issued by the American Embassy or Consulate reflecting the facts of death abroad of an American citizen.
Obtaining records issued by local Authorities
Records of birth, marriage and death are generally kept at the local vital records offices where the event occurred. The Consulate cannot translate these documents for you. The Consulate does not authenticate local documents.
To obtain official copies of local documents in the Netherlands Antilles or Aruba, you should contact one of the following Civil Registry offices:
Bureau Burgerlijke Stand en Bevolkingsregister “Kranshi”
tel:+(599-9)434-1600 fax: +(599-9)461-8166
Tel: +(599)717-5330 ext. 528 Fax: +(599)717-5258
Bureau Burgelijkestand Stand en Bevolkingsregister
Tel: +(297)583-4400 Fax: +(297)583-9160
Burgelijke Stand, Bevolking & Verkiezingen
Tel: +(599)542-3913 Fax: +(599)542-4267
Burgelijke Stand Saba
Tel: +(599)318-2497 Fax: +(599)318-2963