Order your New York City (NYC) Birth Certificate Online

If you have lost or misplaced your New York City birth certificate, you can now get an authorized copy in a few simple steps. Applying for a copy of your New York City Birth Certificate online will take you a few minutes.

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US Birth Certificates continues to offer its vital records application preparation services during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Many government bureaus are processing online and mail-in applications although they are closed to the general public. Turnaround times in government agencies may be affected during the quarantine.

Applying for a vital records certificate now is advisable since it allows citizens to secure their vital records as soon as possible.

Regardless of whether you need a certified copy of a vital records certificate for a specific need or to keep on file, complete your application today.

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New York City Birth Certificate Application Form

A birth certificate is a very important document and is referred to as a vital record. Birth certificates are generally issued when a person is born. New York City has birth records of births that have occurred in the boroughs of Manhattan, Kings (Brooklyn), Queens, Bronx, and Richmond (Staten Island). If you were born in New York City, you can get your birth certificate from New York City’s or New York City vital records offices.

Filling out the New York City birth certificate online application can be done in a few minutes. When you request an authorized copy of your birth certificate you will need to provide the following information:

  • Last name (as it would appear on the certificate)
  • Firts name
  • Sex
  • Exact date of birth
  • Name of hospital or address where you were born
  • Why do you need the certificate
  • Your mother’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage
  • Your father’s name or parent’s name prior to first marriage

There are two types of birth certificates that you can apply for online. There’s an authorized copy and an informational copy. This is what sets them apart:

  • A certified or authorized copy of a birth certificate - it will have the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, as well as the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was filed with the registrar’s office. This authorized copy can be used for several purposes.
  • An informational copy of a birth certificate - informational copies have the following words imprinted across the face of the copy: “Informational, not a valid document to establish identity”.

You should keep in mind that an authorized copy of the birth certificate will be required to apply for a U.S. passport, get married, or get a driver’s license. Birth certificates are also a requirement to enroll in school or university or when moving abroad. The authorized birth certificate is a document you can use to proof your identity. Not just any person can obtain an authorized copy, only eligible people can get an authorized copy.

In contrast, the informational copy is usually needed for informational purposes only. The informational copy has all of your details but it will not have the official seal.

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

How Do I get My Birth Certificate Copy from New York City

To get your New York City birth certificate you simply have to fill out an online application with your details or the details of the person you need the certificate for. New York City has records of the people who have been born in the area, including it’s five boroughs (Kings, Queens, Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island) have vital records offices, as well as the cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Yonkers, Syracuse.

Once you have completed your application form, you can print it out to send to the vital records office along with a copy any of the following identity documents:

  • Driver’s License or non-driver’s ID from any state or U.S. territory
  • Public benefit card
  • U.S. or foreign passport
  • U.S. certificate of naturalization
  • Military ID card
  • Employee ID with photo, verifiable employer and recent pay stub
  • MTA reduced-fare MetroCard
  • Student ID and current transcript from accredited and verifiable institution
  • Inmate photo ID with release papers

In the case that you do not have any of the documents listed above, you can, instead, provide proof of address. Once the application has been processed, the certificate will be mailed to the address listed on the documents provided.

The proof of address can be sent as follows:

  • Two different documents dates within the past 60 days, showing your name and address
  • Utility bills (online bills can be downloaded from your service provider)
  • Letter from a government agency

Who can apply for a New York City Birth Certificate?

As we have mentioned earlier, to get an authorized copy of a New York City birth certificate, the person must be eligible. The following, are eligible people who can get a certified birth certificate:

  • The certificate holder, a parent or legal guardian of the certificate holder.
  • A child, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, spouse, or domestic partner of the certificate holder.
  • A member of a law enforcement agency or a representative of another governmental agency, as provided by law, who is conducting official business.
  • A party entitled to receive the record as a result of a court order, or an attorney or a licensed adoption agency seeking the birth record.
  • An attorney representing the certificate holder or the certificate holder’s estate, or any person or agency empowered by statute or appointed by a court to act on behalf of the certificate holder or the certificate holder's estate.

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.

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 City Birth Certificate Cost

The advantage of applying for a birth certificate online, is that you can do it at any time. If you need to obtain a certified or an informational copy of a birth certificate, you will need to pay a fee per copy you request. The fee for a certified copy of your birth certificate in New York City is UDS $15 per copy.

New York City Birth Certificate Processing Times

When you are completing your application, be careful with all the details you enter, as all information must be accurate. You will have to include a valid copy of an official photo ID such as your driver’s license, military ID, work ID, or passport, etc. As well as the payment to cover the processing fees.

The New York City Health Department usually takes between 90 days to process your application from the moment it has been received.

New York Vital Records offices

Below you will find a complete list of all County Clerks and Health Department offices who can provide Birth Certificate copies in New York City.

Note that County Recorder Offices may not be near you, although they can sometimes process the requests faster than the CDPH-VR.

Suffolk County
310 Center Dr S, Riverhead, NY 11901, USA

Nassau County
Nassau County Clerk, 240 Old Country Rd, Mineola, NY 11501, USA

Westchester County
Westchester County Clerk, 110 Dr.Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, White Plains, NY 10601, USA

Erie County
Erie County Clerk, 92 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

Monroe County
740 E Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623, USA

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