NEW YORK CITY VITAL RECORDS
The New York City Department of Health, Office of Vital Records (New York City Vital Records) issues certified copies of New York City birth certificates (from 1910 to present) and New York City death certificates (from 1949 to present) for events that occurred in the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx and Staten Island). For earlier records, contact the Municipal Archives at 311 or (212)NEW-YORK if outside of New York City. Their address is 31 Chambers Street, Room 103, New York, NY 10007.
New York City divorce records must be ordered through New York State Vital Records. You may order copies of New York City birth and death certificates through VitalChek on an expedited basis.
NOTICE: Although VitalChek attempts to include accurate and up-to-date information on this site, state and agency information is subject to change without notice. VitalChek makes no representations or warranties as to the accuracy, completeness or timeliness of the information herein and assumes no liability with respect to such information.
IMPORTANT ORDERING INFORMATION
All fees charged during the ordering process are non refundable, including the Certificate fee (supports the cost of searching for the record), and the VitalChek Processing Fee (supports the online ordering and expediting process).
Are your ordering a birth certificate for you or your child?
IF YES: you may place your order by choosing the type of certificate above and selecting Start Your Order.
Were you or your child born in New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, or Staten Island) from 1910 to present?
IF NO: your order must be placed by mail or in-person*
IF YES: you may place your order by choosing the type of certificate above and selecting Start Your Order.IF NO: Change the location of your online order to match where you or your child were born; OR visit NYC Municipal Archives if you were born before 1910.
Does the name on your certificate match the name on your credit/debit card?Women- first name must match; Men- first AND last names must match
IF YES: you may place your order by choosing the type of certificate above and selecting Start Your Order.IF NO: your order must be placed by mail or in-person*
Have you legally changed your name for a reason other than marriage, AND amended your certificate with the Corrections Unit of the NYC Dept of Health?
IF YOU HAVE AMENDED AS NOTED ABOVE:you may place your order by choosing the type of certificate above and selecting Start Your Order.
IF YOU HAVE NOT AMENDED AS NOTED ABOVE: your order must be placed by mail or in-person*
Please allow an additional ten (10) to fifteen (15) business days for vault copies of NYC birth certificates, which require a more extensive search. Vault copies are used for Apostille/Authentication, International Adoption, Dual Citizenship/Immigration, or International Marriage
If your address includes a P.O. Box, please be aware that express ordering is not available. Express couriers, such as UPS or FedEx, will not ship to a P.O. Box.
* For mail or in-person ordering, visit the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygeine website for details.
Who Can Order?
You may order copies of New York City birth certificates for yourself or for a child, as long as your name appears on certificate*. Your name must also appear on the credit or debit card that is being used for payment.
If your name does not appear on the New York City birth certificates being ordered, you must order in person or by mail. For directions or instructions, please click on the New York City Dept. of Health below.
Where Can The Document Be Shipped?
New York City Vital Records will only ship copies of New York City birth certificates to the entitled applicant's verified credit card billing address. Please note that express couriers will not ship to a P.O. Box.
Visit New York City Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene site