Get a Copy of a Birth Certificate

New York State Department of Health can provide copies of birth certificates for individuals born outside of New York City’s five boroughs.
Average Time of Transaction 5 - 10 Minutes
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Overview
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Who is eligible to obtain a birth certificate copy?

  • The person named on the birth certificate
  • A parent of the person named on the birth certificate whose name appears on the birth certificate
  • A spouse, child or other person who has an order from a New York State Court to obtain a copy of a birth certificate 

How long does it take to receive the copy?

  • Internet and Telephone: Receive priority handling and are delivered in 5-10 business days.
  • Priority Mail Requests: Mail requests with priority handling are processed in 2 – 4 weeks from when they are received. To have the document shipped overnight, include an overnight delivery return mailer. Otherwise the copy will be sent by first class mail.
  • Regular Mail Requests: Mail requests with regular handing are processed within 10-12 weeks from when they are received.
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Guidance
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Download the mail-in application to obtain a copy of a birth certificate.

How To
How To
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Refer to this step by step process to order a birth certificate:

  1. Gather the necessary identifying  information (See list below)
  2. Complete the application online, by telephone or by mail
  3. Pay the required fees with credit card (internet only), check drawn from a U.S. bank or with a money order - DO NOT send cash.
  1. Submit the application

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Applications must be submitted with either:

  • A driver’s license
  • A state-issued non-driver photo ID card
  • Passport
  • U.S. military-issued photo ID

Or applications may be submitted with TWO of the following:

  • Utility or telephone bills
  • Letter from a government agency dated within the last six months
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Fees
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The method you choose to obtain a birth certificate copy determines how much you pay. 

 

Mail: The fee is $30 per birth certificate copy. For priority handling, you will be charged an additional $15 per copy. See Overview section above for details. 

Internet and telephone orders: If you order a copy over the phone or online, you will pay a total of $53 per birth certificate copy.     
Price breakdown: Phone and online orders always receive priority handling, which is $15.00, plus the standard birth certificate fee, which is $30.00, plus an $8.00 vendor processing fee which is charged per transaction, not per copy. 

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By Telephone:

Call VitalChek Toll Free at 1-877-854-4481
The Service is Available in English and Spanish
Call 24 hours a day, seven days a week

By Mail:

Send requests for priority handling only to the following address:


New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Certification Unit
800 North Pearl Street
Menands, NY 12204

 

Send requests for regular handling to the following address:

New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Certification Unit
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602

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Call us Monday-Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM

518-474-3077

New York State Department of Health 41st Floor, Corning Tower, Empire State Plaza Albany, New York 12237