ORDER YOUR BIRTH CERTIFICATE ONLINE
Ordering an authorized copy of your New York Birth Certificate is straightforward and will take you a few minutes. By ordering your birth certificate online, you avoid having to go to the vital records office that issued the original document. You can simply provide your details on an online application.
A birth certificate is an essential vital record, which is generally filed after someone is born. The State of New York has birth records since 1881 for all births, except for births from New York City. Birth certificates are needed for several purposes, you will need an authorized copy in order to obtain a driver’s license, registering at university or getting married.
Completing the New York birth certificate online application should take a few minutes. If you need an authorized copy of your New York birth certificate you will need to provide some of the following details:
Before applying for a birth certificate, it is also essential that you know that there is more than one type of certificate. You can apply for either an authorized copy or an informational copy.
The difference between the two is as follows:
An authorized copy of the birth certificate will be required if you wish to apply for a U.S. passport, get married, or get a driver’s license. When registering a child in school, it is also necessary to provide an authorized copy of the certificate. If you need to prove your identity, you will need to apply for an authorized birth certificate.
The informational copy is generally used for informational purposes only. It has all of your essential details. Bear in mind, that anyone can order an informational copy of a birth certificate if they have all the necessary details. However, only eligible people can get an authorized copy.
As of October 1st, 2021, U.S. citizens and residents must have a REAL ID-compliant driving license or ID card to enter federal facilities and board commercial aircrafts. Requirements to obtain a REAL ID may include proof of identity, such as a certified copy of the birth certificate.
Getting an authorized copy of your birth certificate is now a much easier process, as you are no longer required to go in person to a vital records office. If you live in a different state other than New York, but you were born in this state, applying for your certificate online will save you a lot of time and hassle.
If you were born in New York State, it is likely that the original copy of your birth certificate is at a vital records office. New York State has vital records offices, they are located in: Suffolk County, Nassau County, Westchester County, Erie County, and, Monroe County.
New York City and its five boroughs (Kings, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island) have vital records offices, as well as the cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, Syracuse.
If you need to get an authorized copy, you can do so by applying online and completing all mandatory sections on the application form.
The following people are able to apply for an authorized copy of a birth certificate from the state of New York:
If you need to get your driver’s license, apply for a passport, get married, register for school, you will need a certified copy of your birth certificate.
Remember that what differentiates this type of birth certificate copy is the official state registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored Seal of Florida, the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office.
All those born in the state of New York that need to request a certified copy of their birth certificate will need to include a clear photocopy of both sides of one of the forms of photo ID listed below along with a completed application form:
Once your application package is completed you will need to mail it to:
New York City:
NYC Health Department
Office of Vital Records
125 Worth Street, CN4, Rm. 133
New York, NY 10013
New York State (Regular Mail):
New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Section/Certification Unit
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602
New York State (Not available):
Vital Records Section / Certification Unit
Anyone can apply for their New York State birth certificate at any time. When requesting a certified or an informational copy of a birth certificate, applicants must cover the cost of each copy they request. The fee for a certified copy of your birth certificate is $30 per copy.
To prevent any delays with the processing time of your New York State Birth Certificate make sure to fill in the application with accurate details. Remember that you must include a valid copy of an official photo ID such as your driver’s license, military ID, work ID, or passport.
The New York Department of Health Office of Vital Statistics will generally take between 10-12 weeks to process your application from the moment it has been received. You can always pay an additional fee for the rush service if you need your vital record urgently (rush service times are 2-4 weeks).
Below you will find a complete list of all County Clerks and Health Department offices who can provide Birth Certificate copies in New York State. Note that County Recorder Offices may not be near you, although they can sometimes process the requests faster than the CDPH-VR.
You can get a certified copy of a birth certificate issued by the New York vital records agency without having to wait in line.
To apply online you will need to:
A certified copy of a birth certificate ordered in the state of New York has a turnaround time of 10-12 weeks.
Rush service is particularly helpful for citizens who need their NY birth certificate issued in 2-4 weeks instead. The shorter processing time for a government-issued birth certificate is available for an additional fee.
Here's how to avoid delays and rejected applications, and have a birth certificate issued on the first try:
Obtaining a certified copy of a New York birth certificate requires paying the state fees.
Additional fees are applicable whenever rush service is required to shorten the birth certificate turnaround time.
It is advisable to order more than one copy of an NY birth certificate to keep on file or for future use.
Each legally-valid copy of a birth certificate issued in New York carries a cost of $30.
To order a certified copy of a birth certificate issued in New York without having to wait in line at a vital records office, you will need the following requirements: