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Identification Requirements

 

If you are getting a birth or death certificate, or a certificate of miscarriage or stillbirth by mail or in person, we accept the following categories of ID:

Category 1: Identity documents  (photocopies permitted for mail orders; if you use Category 1 ID in person, you can leave with your 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 all states and U.S. territories
  • Public benefit card
  • U.S. or foreign passport
  • U.S. employment authorization card
  • Military ID card
  • Employee ID with verifiable employer and recent pay stub
  • MTA reduced fare MetroCard
  • Student ID and transcript from accredited and verifiable institution
  • Inmate photo ID with release papers

Category 2: Proof of address.  If you don't have any of the above, you may provide poof of address as described below (no photocopies permitted; when you bring original copies with you, your certificate will be mailed to the address indicated on the documents)

  • 2 different documents as indicated below, dated within the past 60 days, if they show your name and address
    • Utility or telephone bills (online bills can be downloaded from your provider)
    • Letter from a government agency

If you can't provide Category 1 or Category 2 ID, please contact the Office of Vital Records at nycdohvr@health.nyc.gov for further assistance.

Supporting Documents Required for a Death Certificate If You Are Not Related to the Deceased

 In addition to the ID requirements above, you must establish your right to obtain a death certificate by providing any of the following original or certified documents.  The document you provide must include both your name and the name of the deceased.

  • Insurance policy
  • Will
  • Bank book or property statement
  • Property deed
  • Other documents showing entitlement
To Correct a Birth or Death Certificate

We accept any of the following ID, if it includes your photo, your signature and is unexpired.  Photocopies are acceptable for mail orders.

  • Driver's license and non-driver's license ID from all states and US territories
  • Public benefit card
  • U.S. or foreign passport
  • U.S. certificate of naturalization
  • U.S. employment authorization card
  • Military ID card
  • Employee ID with verifiable employer and recent pay stub
  • MTA reduced fare MetroCard
  • Student ID and transcript from accredited and verifiable institution
  • Inmate photo ID with release papers
Supporting Documents Required to Correct a Birth or Death Certificate

 In addition to ID, you will need to provide original documents to support the correction you are requesting.  See:

If your supporting documents are in a language other than English, you also must provide an English translation.  Embassies and consulates often will translate official documents for you.  We also accept translations from established translation services.