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What You Need to Apply for a NYC Death Certificate Correction

Death Certificate Correction Instructions:
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Please use the following chart to learn which documents are needed with your application.

Item to be CorrectedType of Certified/Original Documentation Applicant Must Submit
Decedent's NameThis correction can only be made with a letter from the hospital or doctor.
Usual ResidenceRecent postmarked letter or bill with envelope, Mortgage Statement, or Lease Agreement
Years of Armed ServiceDischarge Paper (DD214) or Discharge Certificate
Marital StatusMarriage Certificate or License (only those issued by a government agency)
Name of Surviving SpouseMarriage Certificate or License (only those issued by a government agency)
Date of BirthBirth Certificate or Baptismal Certificate (up to and including age 7)
AgeBirth Certificate or Baptismal Certificate (up to and including age 7)
Social Security (SS) #SS card or SS Entitlement letter
Usual OccupationEmployee ID / Letter from Employer / W-2 Form
BusinessEmployee ID / Letter from Employer / Recent pay stub
BirthplaceBirth Certificate or Baptismal Certificate (up to and including age 7)
EducationDiploma / Degree / Letter from Educational Institution
Other NamesNotarized statement from family or informant with proof (i.e.: bank statement, bill, etc.)
Father's NameDecedent's Birth Certificate / Parent's Birth Certificate or Marriage License
Mother's Maiden NameDecedent's Birth Certificate / Parent's Birth Certificate or Marriage License
InformantLetter from Funeral Home
Cemetery InformationLetter from Funeral Home
Funeral Home InformationLetter from Funeral Home

If your documents are in a language other than English, you must provide an English translation. Consulates will often translate official documents for you. The Office of Vital Records accepts translations from established translation services.