Visiting in person?
We are renovating as of August 10 th
We expect significantly longer wait times for customers who order their documents in person. Additionally, because of limited space during the renovation, customers may also have to form a line outside of the building. We therefore strongly encourage you to make your order online or by mail. if possible. Express delivery is also available online.
- Please consider ordering online or by mail .
- Need to correct a certificate? Use the Centre Street entrance and enter Room 125 .
- Need to purchase a certificate? Use the Lafayette Street entrance and enter Room 144 .
- Please ask greeters wearing red vests for assistance.
- Questions? Call 311 or 212-639-9675 outside New York City to be directed to the DOHMH Call Center.
Order a birth or death certificate online using your personal credit/debit/checking account through Vital Chek, NYC Health Department’s authorized secure vendor for processing internet orders. UPS express mail delivery is available.
If you're expecting a child, find out what you need to know .
If you're ordering a birth certificate by mail, you must include identification and have the application notarized.
If you're ordering a birth certificate for a deceased
relative, you must do by mail or in person .
If your child is under 12 months of age, the fastest way to correct a birth certificate is to bring the original certificate and a completed correction application (PDF) to the hospital where your child was born.
Check the processing time for your order.
Answers to most of your questions can be found on this website. For more information, please call 311 or 212 NEWYORK (212-639-9675)
Get a birth certificate for someone born in New York City (Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island ) from 1910 until the present (before 1910 ).
Get a birth certificate for someone born outside of New York City .
Correct a New York City birth certificate.
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NYS Adoption Information Registry
If you are adopted, or if you placed a child for adoption, or if you are the biological sibling of an adopted person, you may wish to learn more about your birth family. The New York State Health Department's Adoption Registry can help and even facilitate a reunion.
Get a death certificate for someone who died in New York City (Brooklyn, the Bronx, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island ) from 1949 until the present (before 1949 )