Need something else?

You can order a certified copy of a birth certificate for someone born in New York City since 1910 online, by mail, or in person.

Method
Cost
Wait Time
Online
$15 per copy plus an $8.30 processing fee per order; additional fee for express delivery 

• First class mail: 5-7 business days

• Express mail: 2-3 business days

In Person
$17.75 for the first copy; $15 for each additional copy

• Certified copy: same day

• Long form: 2 weeks

Mail
$15 per copy
30 Days

You may order copies of your birth certificate and your child's birth certificate if your name appears on the document. You also may apply for the birth certificate of a deceased blood relative. In general, you aren't eligible to get copies of birth certificates for any other individuals.

If you were born in another City or State the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) can tell you how to get a copy of your records.

Visit the CDC's vital records page.

You can order a birth certificate for yourself or your child online. If you need a birth certificate for any other person, you must request it by mail or in person at the Office of Vital Records.

Order a birth certificate for yourself or your child.

Vitalchek.com is the official website for ordering birth certificates. Other websites that process birth certificate orders are privately owned and may charge a different fee. These websites have no affiliation with the City. In order to avoid any additional fees when placing an order, please ensure that the order is placed through vitalchek.com.

Identification Requirements

To verify your identity, you must answer questions as part of the online ordering process. If the verification process fails, you will be able to fax copies of your proof of identification.

Cost

The cost of each certified copy is $15. There is an $8.30 online processing fee applied to the entire order.

Payment Methods

You can pay for your online order by credit or debit card, or by entering personal check information (EFT).

The name on your certificate must match the name on your credit/debit card. If you are a woman, the first name must match. If you are a man, the first and last names must match. If the name on the credit/debit card doesn’t match the name on the certificate, you must order it by mail or in person.

Processing and Shipping

Most orders are processed within 24 hours. Long form copies and Letters of Exemplification are processed in 10 business days.

There are two shipping options:

  • First-class mail orders are delivered within 5 to 7 business days and are free of charge.
  • Express mail orders are delivered by United Parcel Service (UPS) within 3 business days for an extra $17. 
    • UPS express delivery option includes enhanced security, door to door tracking and faster delivery after your order is processed.

You can order a birth certificate by mailing your request. It’s the least expensive option, but it takes longer to receive your order.

Identification Requirements

You must prove your identity by completing an application and submitting the required documents.

If you are applying for your birth certificate or your child's birth certificate, you must provide a copy of a valid photo identification with signature.

Examples:

  • Driver license
  • Employee ID with most recent pay stub
  • Government ID
  • IDNYC Card
  • Social services or public benefit ID
  • Student ID and transcript from an accredited and verifiable institution
  • Passport
  • MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard

If you don’t have a valid photo ID, you must give two proofs of your current address, such as a recent utility bill, telephone bill, or letter from a government agency. These must be originals, not copies.

If you need a copy of a birth certificate for a deceased relative, you must provide your own valid photo ID and prove you are a blood relative. You must also provide a photocopy of the person's death certificate if he or she died in New York City, or the original death certificate if the person died outside of New York City.

Cost

The cost of each certified copy is $15. There is no mailing fee.

Payment Methods

You must pay by check or money order payable to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Processing and Shipping

It takes about 30 days to process and deliver the order. International orders are processed in 8 weeks.

Mailing Address

Mail your completed, notarized application, proof of identity, and a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Department of Health
Office of Vital Records
125 Worth Street, Room 133
New York, NY 10013

Application

Online

Download a Birth Certificate Application.

By Mail

Request by phone that a paper copy be mailed to you.

Call 311 for assistance.

If you are outside the United States and need an application mailed to you, email your request, your name, and your mailing address to dohmhliterature@health.nyc.gov. The form will be sent to you within five business days.

You can order a birth certificate at the Department of Health's Office of Vital Records in Manhattan. Most people leave with a certified copy of their birth certificate when they use this option. If you request a long form birth certificate, you'll receive it by mail within 2 weeks.

Identification Requirements

If you're applying for your birth certificate or your child's birth certificate, you must bring a valid photo identification with signature.

Examples:

  • Driver license
  • Employment ID with most recent pay stub
  • Government ID
  • IDNYC Card
  • Social services ID
  • Student ID and transcript from an accredited and verifiable institution
  • Passport
  • MTA Reduced-Fare MetroCard

If you don't have a valid photo ID, you must bring two proofs of your current address such as a recent utility bill, telephone bill, or letter from a government agency. If you use proof of address, you'll receive your certificate by mail.

If you need a copy of a birth certificate for a deceased relative, you must provide your own valid photo ID and prove you are a blood relative. You must also provide a photocopy of the person's death certificate if he or she died in New York City, or the original death certificate if the person died outside of New York City.

Cost

The cost of the first certified copy is $17.75. Each additional copy is $15.

Payment Methods

Walk-in orders are payable by credit or debit card, or by a check or money order made payable to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Location

Department of Health
Office of Vital Records
125 Worth Street, Room 144 (between Centre and Lafayette Streets)
New York, NY 10013

The office is open Monday to Friday, from 9 AM to 3:30 PM. Lines are shortest before noon.

You must use one of the building's side entrances. The Lafayette Street entrance is accessible to wheelchairs and baby carriages.

Application

Online

Download a Birth Certificate Application.

By Mail

Request by phone that a paper copy be mailed to you.

Call 311 for assistance.

You can get the status of a birth certificate order if it was requested:

  • Online more than 10 days ago
  • By mail more than 4 weeks ago
  • In person more than 2 weeks ago

Call 311 for status.

You can get help with refunds.

Call 311 for assistance.

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene automatically mails one copy of the birth certificate to the parents of a baby born in a hospital in New York City. You should get the copy within 4 weeks of the child's birth.

If you haven't received the birth certificate and your baby was born more than 30 days ago, you can find out the status by phone.

Call 311 for assistance.

You may be allowed to order a copy on behalf of someone who is mentally disabled or living with dementia.

Call 311 to learn more.

If you don’t know the exact date of birth, but can give a range of dates, you can include this on the application for question number 4B.

If you give a range of dates within a 2-year period, the Department of Health will search for the record for free. For an extra $3 per year, you can search within a larger date range.

Both a long form birth certificate (also called a vault copy) and a Letter of Exemplification are needed for certain overseas transactions.

They are often required to:

  • Apply for dual citizenship
  • Get Apostille Document Authentication of a public document for use in a foreign country
  • Marry in a foreign country
  • Adopt a child from a foreign country
  • Purchase property in a foreign country

If you need a Letter of Exemplification, you should order a long form birth certificate. When you place your order for the birth certificate, make sure you clearly explain the reason for your request, and the Department of Health will determine if a Letter of Exemplification is also needed.

Please allow an additional 10 to 12 days for processing.