Vital Statistics

Birth and Death Records

Marriage and Divorce Certificates

In accordance with the Panama Canal Treaty, the PCC Records Managment Branch's Vital Statistics Unit, which has maintained and issued birth and death certificates for the former Canal Zone from 1904 through September 30, 1979 closed permanently on October 29, 1999.  All pertinent birth and death records were transferred to the United States Department of State in November 1999.

After December 1, 1999 these vital records will be issued by the Department of State.  Written requests may be forwarded to the following address:

Correspondence Branch
Passport Services
1111 19th Street NW, Suite 510
Washington, DC 20522-1705
(Telephone: 011-202-955-0307)

Please include the following in your request:  Date, purpose of request, name at birth/death; date of birth/death, city and country of birth/death; signature of subject or guardian, address and telephone.  For birth records, also include:  Father's name, date and place (city or state and country) of birth, mother's name, date and place (city or state and country) of birth, and any U.S. Passport information.

Kindly indicate the number of documents desired.  The fee for documents is $20.00 for the first copy, $10.00 for each additional copy requested at the same time.  Check or money order must be signed, dated, and made payable to the Department of State.   Remittance must be payable in U.S. dollars through a U.S. bank.  Do not send cash.

You can obtain further information at the US State Department's site:

October 10, 2001

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