Birth Records New York
In New York, birth records from 1910 to the present are available from the New
York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Records prior to 1910 can be
obtained by contacting the Municipal Archives at 311 or by visiting the
following address: 31 Chambers Street, Room 103, New York City. Additionally,
you can visit the Municipal Archives’ website at:
Individuals who are permitted to request a copy of a birth certificate:
• Legal representative of the individual named on the birth certificate.
• Immediate and extended family members including spouse, son, daughter, mother,
father, brother, half brother, sister, half sister, grandparent/great
grandparent (maternal or paternal), grandchild, great grandchild, stepparent,
stepson, or stepdaughter. Additional information may be required from extended
family members and legal representatives.
• Applicant must be at least eighteen years of age or must have a letter of
release from a parent.
Basic information to be included with requests for birth certificates:
• Full name of the person named on the birth certificate.
• Date of birth. If the exact date of birth is unknown, an additional fee may be
charged for retrieval of the information.
• County and city of birth.
• Hospital name and address where the birth occurred.
• Gender of the individual named on the birth certificate.
• Parents’ names. Mother’s name must include her maiden name.
• Social security number of the individual named on the birth certificate.
• Relationship to the person whose name is on the birth certificate.
• Reason for the request for an official copy of the birth certificate.
• Applicant’s signature.
• Applicant’s daytime telephone number. This includes the area code.
• Applicant’s mailing address.
• Items for which you do not know the correct response should be filled in with
the word “unknown.”
Fees associated with acquiring a copy of an official birth certificate from
the New York Department of Health and Hygiene:
• A $15.00 fee per copy for civilians. This fee covers the initial search and
either one copy or a statement indicating that no record was found.
• Mail orders must be paid by check or money order make payable to the New York
Department of Health and Hygiene.
• Orders made in person can be paid with cash, check, or money order.
• Telephone, fax, and online orders will be charged an additional $5.50 mailing
and service charge.
• If you use an express carrier, an additional $12.50 will be added to your
• Fees at the local municipal offices can be obtained by contacting that office
Five different methods are available to obtain a copy of a birth certificate:
postal mail, in person, telephone, fax, and online.
How to Apply for Certified Copied of Birth Certificates by Telephone
Call the following telephone number: 1-212-788-4520. Follow the instructions
provided to you in order to select the automated service or the live operator
service. If you select the live operator service, the waiting time can be as
long as 20 minutes. The automated service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a
An individual can only use telephone ordering for requests for his or her own
birth certificate or for his or her child’s birth certificate, provided the
parent is named on the birth certificate. All other requests must be made in
person or by mail. Fees apply as noted above.
How to Apply for Certified Copied of Birth Certificates by Fax
Complete the application form available at the following link:
Sign and date the form. Fax the application along with your identification
requirements to the following number if you are calling from one of the five
boroughs: 212-962-6105 or the following number if you are calling from outside
New York City: 800-908-9146.
Fees apply as outlined above.
How to Apply for Certified Copied of Birth Certificates Online
To submit a request for a birth certificate in New York, access the following
Drop down selection menus are used. You need to fill in the following
information that pertains to your request including: type of certificate, city,
county, date of the event, and the reason for the request. Select continue once
the information has been filled in and you will be taken to a page to select
your shipping options. Following this step, you will be required to complete the
The certificate will only be mailed to the address that corresponds to the
account that is used for payment. Requests are generally processed within three
to five business days. Birth certificates will be sent through postal mail
unless a request and payment has been made for an express carrier including UPS,
FedEx, and Express Mail. A signature is required to receive a certified copy of
the birth certificate through an express carrier. An additional charge is
assessed for the use of an express carrier.
All payment must be made with a credit card and follows the guidelines included
above. Online services are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year.
An individual can only use online ordering for requests for his or her own birth
certificate or for his or her child’s birth certificate, provided the parent is
named on the birth certificate. All other requests must be made in person or by
mail. Fees apply as noted above.
How to Apply for Certified Copied of Birth Certificates by Postal Mail
A postal mail application to request an official copy of a death certificate can
be obtained at the following link:
Send the completed form with signature, a legible copy of a government issued
photo identification card, self-addressed stamped envelope, and payment
information to the following address:
Office of Vital Records
125 Worth Street
Box 4, Room 133
New York, New York 10013
Acceptable forms of identification include a state issued driver’s license or
non-driver photo identification card that includes the current address. Payment
must be in the form of check or money order made out to New York Department of
Health and Hygiene.
How to Apply for Certified Copied of Birth Certificates in Person
To request a copy of a birth certificate in New York, you must visit the
Office of Vital Records
125 Worth Street
New York, New York 10013
You will need a completed application form. This can be downloaded at the
www.nyc.gov/html/doh/downloads/pdf/vr/birth1.pdf or you
can acquire one at the counter. A legible copy of a government issued photo
identification card is required. Acceptable forms of identification include a
state issued driver’s license or non-driver photo identification card including
a government employment card that includes the current address. You must also
have your payment as outlined above.
Office hours are between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Mondays through
Fridays. State holidays are excluded. The lines are reported to be the shortest
between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on
Interested in obtaining your birth certificate?
Here is a list of counties, offering information on who to contact, so that you can apply for your own birth certificate today:
Albany Town Clerk ~
716 - 335 - 2330
Allegany Town Clerk ~
334 - 928 - 2785
Batavia County Clerk
716 - 343 - 1729
Bath Town Clerk
607 - 776 - 7013
Bristol Town Clerk
716 - 229 - 2400
Bronx City Clerk
718 - 802 - 3585
Broome County Clerk ~
607 - 772 - 0357
Buffalo Town Clerk
716 - 851 - 5444
Canton Town Clerk
315 - 386 - 8311
Catskill County Clerk
518 - 943 - 2141
Cattaraugus County Clerk ~
Little Valley, NY
716 - 257 - 9288
Cayuga Town Clerks Office ~
315 - 253 - 9021
Chemung County Clerk ~
607 - 734 - 2031
Clarkstown Town Clerk
New City, NY
914 - 639 - 2010
Clinton Town Clerk ~
518 - 563 - 8100
Columbia County Clerk
518 - 828 - 4656
Cortland County Clerk ~
607 - 756 - 6521
Deerfield Town Clerk
315 - 724 - 0413
Delaware County Clerk ~
607 - 746 - 2236
Dix Town Clerk
Watkins Glen, NY
607 - 535 - 9125
Elizabethtown Town Clerk
518 - 873 - 6555
Fort Edward Town Clerk
Fort Edward, NY
518 - 747 - 5212
Geneseo Town Clerk
716 - 243 - 0722
Goshen Town Clerk
914 - 294 - 6250
Herkimer Town Clerks ~
315 - 866 - 2690
Johnstown County Clerk
518 - 762 - 7070
Lake George Town Clerk
Lake George, NY
518 - 668 - 5722
Lake Pleasant Clerk
Lake Pleasant, NY
518 - 548 - 3625
Lockport Town Clerk
716 - 439 - 9524
Lyons Town Clerk
315 - 946 - 6252
Malone Town Clerk
518 - 483 - 4740
Malta Town Clerk
Ballston Spa, NY
518 - 899 - 2552
Manhattan Town Clerk
New York, NY
212 - 669 - 8898
Mohawk Town Clerk
518 - 853 - 3031
New Bremen Town Clerk
315 - 376 - 2641
North Castle Town Clerk
914 - 273 - 3321
Norwich Town Clerk
607 - 334 - 1220
Onondaga Town Clerk
315 - 469 - 1583
Orleans Town Clerk ~
716 - 589 - 5100
Oswego Town Clerk ~
315 - 343 - 2586
Owego Town Clerk
607 - 687 - 2194
Potter Town Clerk
Penn Yan, NY
716 - 554 - 6758
Poughkeepsie Town Clerk
914 - 485 - 3620
Putnam Town Clerk
914 - 225 - 2067
Queens Town Clerk
718 - 520 - 3137
Riverhead Town Clerk
516 - 727 - 3200
Rochester Town Clerk
914 - 626 - 7384
Rye Town Clerk
Port Chester, NY
914 - 939 - 3570
Schenactady Town Clerk ~
518 - 384 - 0036
Schoharie Town Clerk ~
518 - 295 - 7677
Staten Island Town Clerk
Staten Island, NY
718 - 816 - 2290
Thompson Town Clerk
914 - 794 - 2500
Tompkins Town Clerk ~
607 - 273 - 1721
Troy Town Clerk
518 - 279 - 3461
Ulster Town Clerk ~
Lake Katrine, NY
914 - 382 - 2455
Warsaw Town Clerk
716 - 786 - 2800
Waterloo Town Clerk
315 - 539 - 3080
Watertown Town Clerk
315 - 785 - 9793
Woodbury Town Clerk
Highland Mills, NY
914 - 928 - 6323
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