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Birth and Death Certificates Home
Location and Hours

The fastest most convenient way to get a birth or death certificate is to order it online. Online orders are processed within 24 hours on weekdays. UPS express mail delivery is possible.



You can get birth and death certificates, and you can correct these certificates in person in Lower Manhattan at:

Office of Vital Records
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
125 Worth Street
Room 133:  Get
Room 144:  Correct
New York, NY


Hours (excluding holidays below):

Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. except corrections (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)



We do not accept cash.  We do accept:

  • Credit or debit cards except from outside the US (use an international money order instead)
  • Money order made payable to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Personal check


Customer Tips:
  • Lines are shortest in the morning.
  • If you're ordering a death certificate, save time and complete your application before you get in line.
  • People using credit or debit cards, or personal checks to pay for copies of their birth certificates do not have to complete an application first.  But if you're going to use of these forms of payment, why not order online?  The only advantage to ordering in person is that you may be able to leave with your certificate without paying any shipping charges.
  • Your wait time will be reduced if you use a credit or debit card at one of the kiosks in the lobby.
  • Make sure you bring the identification and any of the supporting documents indicated on the application form.
Legal Holidays 
The Office of Vital Records will be closed
on the following dates in 2014:
Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 20
Presidents' Day Monday, February 17
Memorial Day Monday, May 26
Independence Day Friday, July 4
Labor Day Monday, September 1
Columbus Day Monday, October 13
Election Day Tuesday, November 4
Veterans' Day (Observed) Tuesday, November 11
Thanksgiving Day Thursday, November 27
Christmas Day Thursday, December 25
New Year's Day Thursday, January 1, 2015