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Ordering In Person or By Mail

Visiting in person?

We are renovating as of August 10th

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.

The most convenient way to get a birth or death certificate is to order it online.  UPS express mail delivery is available.

Order In Person

Note: In-person orders require a one-time $2.75 security fee in addition to the $15 fee for each certificate ordered

Where: Until Aug. 7, 2015, go to 125 Worth St. (Rm 133) in Lower Manhattan between Lafayette and Centre. Enter on Centre St. or Lafayette St. (for handicapped access). Beginning on Aug. 10, 2015, please enter the building on Lafayette Street to order a certificate and enter Room 144.

When:  Monday - Friday except holidays, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  Lines are shortest in the morning and midweek.

Your wait time will be reduced if you use a credit or debit card at one of the kiosks in the lobby.  Long-form birth certificates and death certificates will be mailed to you.

Whether or not you can walk out with your birth certificate depends on the type of identification you bring:

  • If you bring Category 1 identification, you can leave with the birth certificate in most cases.
  • If you bring Category 2 identification, the certificate will be mailed to the address provided on your documents.

Payment Methods (cash is NOT accepted):

  • Credit or debit card
  • Money order made payable in US dollars to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Personal check
Order By Mail 

To get a birth or death certificate by mail takes approximately 30 days.  To order by mail, please:

  • Complete and sign the birth or death certificate application.  If you are unable to download the application, please call 311 or 212-639-9675 outside New York City to request one.
  • Be sure to include your e-mail address where indicated.
  • Have your application notarized.
  • Enclose the identification indicated on the form.
  • Calculate the fees and enclose your payment (see below).
  • Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
  • Mail your application package to the address below.
  • Check the processing time for your order.
  • Note that standard first-class U.S. postal service mail is not tracked. Tracking can be done online at the customer’s expense by any express mail courier service.

Payment Methods (cash is NOT accepted):

  • Check or money order made payable in US dollars to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  For international orders, only bank money orders (not postal money orders) are accepted.

Mail your application package to:

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Office of Vital Records
125 Worth St., CN-4, Rm 133
New York, NY  10013

 

Correct In Person

Where: Until Aug. 7, 2015, go to  125 Worth St. (Rm 144) in Lower Manhattan between Lafayette and Centre. Enter on Centre St. or Lafayette St. (for handicapped access). Beginning on Aug. 10, 2015, please enter the building on Centre St. to correct a certificate and enter Rm 125.

When:  Mon. - Fri. except holidays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Bring a completed birth or death certificate correction application with identification and original documents to support the correction.

Payment Methods (cash is NOT accepted):

  • Credit or debit card
  • Money order made payable in US dollars to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
  • Personal check
Correct By Mail

To correct a birth or death certificate by mail, please:

  • Complete and sign the birth or death certificate correction application.  If you are unable to download the application, please call 311 or 212-639-9675 outside New York City to request one.
  • Enclose copies of identification indicated on the form.
  • Enclose original documents to support the correction + 1 copy of each of these documents.
  • Calculate the fees and enclose your payment (see below)
  • Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
  • Mail your correction application package to the address below.
  • Check the processing time for your order.
  • Note that standard first-class U.S. postal service mail is not tracked. Tracking can be done online at the customer’s expense by any express mail courier service.

Payment Methods (cash is NOT accepted):

  • Check or money order made payable in US dollars to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.  For international orders, only bank money orders (not postal money orders) are accepted.

Mail your application package to:

NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Office of Vital Records
125 Worth St., CN-4, Rm 144
New York, NY  10013