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Ordering In Person or By Mail

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: 125 Worth Street (Room 133) in Lower Manhattan between between Lafayette and Centre Streets. Enter on Centre Street or Lafayette Street (for handicapped access)

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.

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 Street, CN-4, Room 133
New York, NY  10013

 

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Correct In Person

Where: 125 Worth Street (Room 144) in Lower Manhattan between between Lafayette and Centre Streets. Enter on Centre Street or Lafayette Street (for handicapped access)

When:  Monday - Friday 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.

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 Street, CN-4, Room 144
New York, NY  10013

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