Coronavirus (COVID-19) Alert

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has temporarily limited in-person ordering and updating of birth and death certificates until further notice. To make your request in person, you must schedule an appointment online.  311 can also transfer you to DOHMH for more help with in-person ordering.

Online and mailing options are still available.

Emergency Requests

You can scan and send any documentation which confirms there is an emergency to if you have an emergency request related to:

  • Health care coverage
  • Government services
  • Military
  • Housing
  • Employment

If your documentation is considered an emergency you will be provided with instructions on how to obtain an emergency issuance of the vital record in person. The standard in person pickup fee will apply.

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. After processing, all orders can take an additional 2 weeks to be delivered. 

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

• 10-15 business days

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

• Certified copy: same day

• Long form: 2 weeks

$15 per copy
4-6 weeks

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.

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. 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

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.


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. First-class mail orders are delivered within 10 to 15 business days and are free of charge.

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.


  • 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.


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 4 to 6 weeks to process and deliver the order.

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
New York, NY 10013



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 The form will be sent to you within five business days.

Due to COVID-19, in-person ordering of birth certificates is limited until further notice. To make your request in person, you must schedule an appointment online.  You can also get assistance by phone.

Identification documents

Category 1 - Identity Documents

Photocopies are permitted for mail orders. If you order in person with Category 1 identity documents, you can leave with your short form certificate in most cases, unless you require a long form certificate.

Please submit any one of the following, if it includes your photo, your signature and is unexpired:

  • Driver's License or non-driver's ID from any state or U.S. territory
  • IDNYC - Municipal ID
  • 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 Metro Card
  • Student ID and current transcript from accredited and verifiable institution
  • Inmate photo ID with release papers

Category 2 - Proof of Address

If you do not have any of the above, you may provide proof of address as described below. Your certificate will be mailed to address on documents provided.
Two different documents dated within the past 60 days, if they show your name and address

  • Utility bills (online bills can be downloaded from your provider)
  • Letter from a government agency

If you cannot provide Category 1 or 2 identification, please contact Vital Records at

Call 311 to be transferred to DOHMH for more information.

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

  • Online more than 10 days ago
  • By mail more than 20 weeks ago
  • In person more than 2 weeks ago

Call 311 for status.

You can get help with refunds.

Call 311 for assistance.

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.

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.

Starting January 15, 2020, if you were adopted and born within five NYC boroughs of Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island and Manhattan, you will be able to request a copy of pre-adoption, or original long form birth certificate.

You can request the pre-adoption birth certificate if:

  • You are the adopted person and are 18 years of age or older.
  • You are the adopted person’s direct line descendant, if the adopted person is deceased.
  • You are a lawful representative for the adopted person.
  • You are a lawful representative for a direct line descendant, if the adopted person is deceased.


To learn more, please visit the Vital Records website.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

Born Outside of NYC

Birth certificates for persons born in NY State but outside of the five NYC boroughs should be requested from the NYS Health Department. 

If born in NYS but outside of the 5 boroughs of NYC you can contact the NYS Health Department.

Visit the NYS Health Department Vital Records website.

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.

The following relations can request the birth certificate of someone who is deceased:

  • Spouse
  • Domestic partner
  • Parent (if the deceased was 18 or younger)
  • Child
  • Sibling
  • Niece/Nephew
  • Aunt/Uncle
  • Grandchild
  • Grandniece/Grandnephew
  • Great grandchild

To request the certificate, you must submit:

  • A completed, signed and notarized Birth Certificate Application.
  • A completed family tree document.
  • The original death certificate, if the person died outside New York City.
  • A copy of the death certificate or the death certificate number, if the person died in New York City.
  • A legible copy of your valid, unexpired, photo identification. Examples include:
    • 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
  • A check or money order payment as follows: 
    • If ordered by mail, $15 for each copy of the certificate.
    • If ordered in person, $15 per certificate, plus a one-time fee of $2.75 for identity verification. For example, the cost of one certificate is $17.75, and two certificates would be $32.75.

Download a family tree document.

Download a Birth Certificate Application.

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.

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