Apply in Person
You can get your birth certificate from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene if you were born in one of the five boroughs of NYC. If you are not yet 16 years old, you can ask one of your parents to apply for you.
Were you born outside of NYC or outside of the U.S.?
What to bring:
ONE of these original, unexpired IDs with your picture AND signature:
Before you go to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, make sure you have:
- Non-Driver State ID
- Driver license
- Employee ID with current pay stub
- Student ID and current transcript
- NYS Benefit Card with photo
- Inmate photo ID with release papers (does not require signature on ID)
TWO different types of original documents showing your name and address:
- Utility bill received within the last 60 days (e.g., your cable, electricity or gas bill)
- Telephone or cell phone bill received within the last 60 days
- Official letter(s) from a city, state or federal government agency
If you cannot provide any of the above documents, submit a request to the NYC Health Department's Office of Vital Records.
Learn more via the Health Department’s Office of Vital Records website
Download and print a blank application (in PDF), fill it out, and take it with you. If you don't have a printer, applications are also available at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene office.
Where to go:
125 Worth Street, Room 133 in lower Manhattan
Enter on Lafayette or Centre Street
When to go:
Monday - Friday, excluding holidays
9:00am - 3:30pm
Lines are shortest in the morning
How to pay:
It costs $15 for each copy of your birth certificate. Bring a credit card, debit card, check or money order (made payable to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene). Cash is not accepted.