I Want a Copy-Records of Birth and Death Occurring on Vessels or Aircraft on the High Seas

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

(Data checked and updated 4 July 2012.)