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Old 10-15-2008, 01:03 PM
 
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I am currently trying to figure this out (Google, etc) but thought someone here might also know.

I am 37 years old and haven't needed / been asked for my birth certificate in I don't know how long. Ever??? I'm sure my mom needed it for me back when I was in school but neither of us know where it is NOW.

Well, of course now I need it.

I was born on a US Air Force base in Japan. How do I get a copy of my birth certificate now, here, in San Antonio, TX... and preferably as fast as possible?
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:11 PM
 
Location: colorado springs summer/east valley Az winter
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?call DOD or USAF and ask? I really cannot answer this one! My sons were born stateside!
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Old 10-15-2008, 01:21 PM
 
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I was born in Berlin while my Dad was stationed in Germany. My birth certificate was issue by the US State Department through the US Embassy in Berlin. When my son was born in the Philippines same deal, but we also got a birth certificate from the Philippine government. When we got his birth certificate at the US Embassy in the Philippines they said don't ever lose this it will be next to impossible to replace.

We still have three major Air Force bases in Japan they are Kadena, Yokota, and Misawa maybe contacting one of those bases or the State Department will be your best bet.
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Old 10-16-2008, 01:01 AM
 
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I was born in Berlin while my Dad was stationed in Germany. My birth certificate was issue by the US State Department through the US Embassy in Berlin. When my son was born in the Philippines same deal, but we also got a birth certificate from the Philippine government. When we got his birth certificate at the US Embassy in the Philippines they said don't ever lose this it will be next to impossible to replace.

We still have three major Air Force bases in Japan they are Kadena, Yokota, and Misawa maybe contacting one of those bases or the State Department will be your best bet.
Thanks.

I found some links suggesting I contact the US Passport office... and supposedly if they can do it it takes 8 weeks.

I need this for an appointment next Wednesday. I think I'm just going to tell them they are crazy for requesting it and see how far that gets me.
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Old 10-16-2008, 09:33 AM
 
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My daughter was born in Germany when I was stationed there in the '70s. I remember her birth certificate was issued by the U.S State Department. I would try the following URL to start as I suspect being born in Japan would have similar birth certificate.

Documentation of U.S. Citizens Born Abroad (http://travel.state.gov/passport/get/first/first_828.html - broken link)
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Old 10-25-2010, 01:38 PM
 
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Same problem here.. Wifes Father stationed in Misawa Japan late 50's .. Wife has a birth certificate from a USAF hospital in san fran.... Florda DMV said no way.. Has a stamp seal etc .. they still wont take it..
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:38 PM
 
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As a point of information I found that because I was born to a U.S. military couple in the Panama Canal Zone I could not get a U.S. passport with my own birth certificate. When born abroad you gain citizenship through an American parent/s. I needed to supply an original copy of my mother's BC and mine to get my passport.

You can not get a copy of your BC from the US Passport Office. Google it, I believe it's the state department.
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Old 10-25-2010, 03:55 PM
 
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As long as the parents filed for "birth abroad" the child is golden so to say.

Somewhere along the line a birth certificate was used - start with school districts, DoD, contact the hospitals still operating in Japan. As far as your appointment goes - explain there is an issue and you are dilligently working on it.
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Old 10-25-2010, 04:26 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Misawa still going strong? Last time I was there was in 1951 while being stationed in the Army at Camp Haugen.

What happened to Tachikawa Air Base? Dated the Japanese girlfriend of a 1st Lt pilot stationed there. Loooooong story there.
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Old 10-25-2010, 04:35 PM
 
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Consular Report of Birth Abroad is what the official document is called.

Replace or Amend a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA)

is the link on information on how to get a copy.
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