Records of Birth and Death Occurring on Vessels or Aircraft on the High Seas
When a birth or death occurs on the high seas, whether in an aircraft or on a vessel, the record is usually filed at the next port of call.
- If the vessel or aircraft docked or landed at a foreign port, requests for copies of the record may be made to the U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC 20036.
- If the first port of entry was in the United States, write to the registration authority in the city where the vessel or aircraft docked or landed in the United States.
- If the vessel was of U.S. registry, contact the local authorities at the port of entry and/or search the vessel logs at the U.S. Coast Guard Facility at the vessel’s final port of call for that voyage.