Form FS 545 definition

Form FS 545, which is also known as a Certificate of birth abroad, is a now-discontinued vital record. It was formerly issued by US consular offices to prove the identity of individuals born abroad to US citizen parents.

Since 1990, the FS 545 form has been replaced by form DS 1350, which was subsequently superseded in 2011 by form FS 240. All 3 documents remain valid forms of ID for a birth abroad.

An FS 545 is still commonly used to prove US citizenship for those who were born in a foreign country before 1990. Find out now how United States citizens can use their issued FS 545 to claim important IDs such as US passports as well as many other benefits.

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What Can Form FS 545 Be Used To Do?

Like most essential vital records such as birth certificates and marriage certificates, FS 545 can be used to prove vital information about the holder. It allows an individual to prove:

  • Their name
  • Age
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • US citizenship

This can then be used by organizations and government offices to allow the person who was issued the FS 545 to:

  • Claim government benefits
  • Be issued forms of government ID
  • Acquire a social security card
  • Live and work in the United States

Read more: # How do I get a copy of my Birth Certificate if born abroad?

Replacing Form FS 545

If a person’s original form FS 545 is lost or damaged, it must be replaced. In order to be issued with a new copy of your Certificate of Birth Abroad you will need to be one of the following applicants:

  • The person registered on the FS 545
  • The parent or legal guardian of the person registered
  • Someone with the correct written authorization to apply

Further to this, the applicant will also need to pay a fee and submit a notarized written request for the new document as well as a valid form of photo ID. The written request must contain the following data:

  • The name of the applicant at the time of birth
  • Any adoptive names
  • The individual’s place and date of birth
  • The individual’s passport details
  • The names of the parents or legal guardians of the person
  • FS 545 document number
  • The name and contact information of the applicant
  • The signature of the applicant

The payment, photo ID, and written request must then be mailed to the following address:

U.S. Department of State
Passport Vital Records Section
44132 Mercure Cir.
PO Box 1213
Sterling, VA 20166-1213