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Applying for a Thai Birth Certificate

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I am currently 43 years old and have been a US citizen the entire time. However, my mother is a Thai citizen and has been back to Thailand for over 20 years. Her Thai passport has expired as well as her Thai national ID card. My father is American and his US passport is expired as well. I am in the process of renewing both of their passports at this time. I was born in Japan on a military base and have the following documents: Parents Thai Marriage certificate (also translated in English), Mother’s Thai passport and Thai ID Card (currently renewing), Father’s US passport (currently renewing), my birth certificate from the US state department showing I was born abroad of a US parent to include the Form FS 240 which shows both parents names and country of citizenship. 

I was wondering if at all possible for me once I have renewed my parents documents, I could apply for. Thai passport through the Thai embassy in D.C. 

 

any my feedback would be greatly appreciated. 

 

Thanks,

Steven

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There is a form from MFA for applying for Thai birth certificate. Its on many Thai embassy websites. It requires that the original Birth certificate is Authenticated by the Sec of State of the original birth certificate, copies of mom's ID, pictures, etc. Since you were born on a military base in Japan someone there would have to authenticate the Birth Certificate. Some consulates will do it by mail (must include birth certificates , application and return priority envelope with stamps.  I did it when they have a roving consulate in California. The Authenticated Birth Certificate is the key, and officiate birth certificate wont work. I think it was $25 ea, but can't say for sure. 

I did this last year for both my daughter and son. They are now considered dual citizens. If they desire they can apply for Thai ID card at a consulate in US or do it here. Also can get Thai passports.

I doubt if they want to live here, but when we pass away we want or house, farms and belonging to go to them.  

The roving staff were great and even helped my wife with spelling (our kids names in Thai) since she had been in US for 40 years and infrequently wrote Thai. Since it was going on an official document she wanted it to be perfect. 

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As said you will need to apply for a Thai birth certificate to prove your Thai nationality.

You would apply for it at the embassy in Washington DC or one of the official consulates in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles.

Info is here on the embassy website. https://thaiembdc.org/thai-birth-certificate-eng/

Since your birth was registered at a US embassy you can have it can be legalized by the department of state. 

In order for you get a Thai passport you would need to be registered in a house book here and then a Thai ID card to do the application. At one time a embassy would issue a passport with only the birth certificate but most will not do it without a Thai ID card for adults.

Moved to the Family and Children forum.

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The authentication process is simply  verifying the signature of the county recorder. You need to get an official birth certificate first, not the one from the hospital. I was living in Sacramento so it was easy to visit the California Dept of State office (cost $20 per birth certificate. There is also an office in Los Angeles. There is a travel visa service (SVS or SRS) across the street from the LA consulate that can do it for you. They said that for a fee if I wanted. They were very helpful and advised I could also do it myself. 

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My son was was born in Singapore. We had his birth registered at both the Thai & US embassy.

 

He was granted his US passport in Singapore, but the Thai one was a little different.

 

When we finally, 10 years later moved to Thailand, we went to MFA. 

 

They needed his Singaporean Birth Certificated translated of course. Mom had to renew her ID, my passport, then Mom needed to register a blue book, after that I think we got his passport .

 

On a commentary note, he tells me he burnt his Thai passport just in protest at all the BS that is going on. Then again the kid has been pretty adamant that he would never return to Thailand, so I guess who cares!

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First thing I did after my son was born was get him his Thai and Brit birth certificates.

It's madness to wait, I consider it poor parenting.

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8 hours ago, BritManToo said:

First thing I did after my son was born was get him his Thai and Brit birth certificates.

It's madness to wait, I consider it poor parenting.

Totally agree cannot understand myself, we got our daughter three passports at age 3 months concerned down the track the rules may change.

In a similar vein I know a couple of Thai females in Aus who have residency but never bothered to apply for citizenship when all that was required was a relatively simple computer test and you can practice online until you feel competent.

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