How to Request a Copy of a Consular Report of Death Abroad (CRDA)

Vital Records Office Operations

Due to public health measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, you should expect delays processing your request for vital record services.  It may take us 3-4 months to process your request from the date we receive it.  Please consider waiting to mail your request until we resume normal operations.

Our team has been heavily impacted by COVID-19 and we are experiencing extremely high call volumes. We are working to safely add resources to make sure we answer your inquiries and address new and pending cases as quickly as possible. 

Status Updates: It may take up to 4 weeks from the day you apply until your application status is “In Process".

Who may request a copy of this document:

  • Next of kin
  • Legal representation for estate purposes


How to Request a Copy of a Report of Death

1. Submit a notarized typed or written letter with the following information:

  • Full name of the deceased
  • Date and place of death
  • Return address and telephone number
  • Signature of requester

2. Submit a copy of the requester's valid photo ID (e.g. driver's license)

3. Send a $50.00 check or money order. Additional copies are $50.00 each. 

  • Payable to the “U.S. Department of State” 
  • Include a complete mailing address on the check
  • Checks and money orders must be payable in U.S. dollars through a U.S. bank
  • The Department is not responsible for cash lost in the mail

4. Mail the notarized request, copy of valid ID, and payment to:

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

  • PLEASE NOTE: Requests that are not notarized or do not include a copy of the requester's valid ID will be delayed. 
  • 1-2 Day Delivery: If you want your records returned to you in 1-2 days include an additional $17.56 check or money order for USPS delivery.

Check Status

To check the status of your request, call 202-485-8300 or email        


How to Request an Apostille on your Consular Document

Apostilles are specialized certificates attached to your consular documents. If you need an apostille to satisfy foreign document requirements, you must submit a notarized request and a copy of a valid state-issued ID (e.g. driver's license) to the address listed below.  If you already have a consular document issued within the last five years, you don't need to pay for the apostille.  In addition to the Consular Report of Death Abroad, you can request other consular documents for $50 per copy:

You must ensure that the country for intended use is a member of the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents.  

Please send your notarized request and fee (if necessary) to:

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