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Genealogy 


THE VITAL RECORDS COLLECTION AT THE MUNICIPAL ARCHIVES

The Municipal Archives maintains records of births reported in the five Boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens and Staten Island), prior to 1910; deaths reported prior to 1949; and marriages reported prior to 1930. For a complete description of the vital records collection, please see a list of the Municipal Archives Holdings. Vital record copies are $15.00 each; see complete fee schedule.

For birth records after 1909, and death records after 1948, contact the New York City Department of Health.

For marriage records after 1929 contact the City Clerk.

HOW TO ACCESS THE VITAL RECORDS: 

  1. ON-LINE

    To request a search and certified copy, please use our secure online order form:
           Request a Search and Certified Birth Certificate Online
           Request a Search and Certified Death Certificate Online
           Request a Search and Certified Marriage Certificate Online
    If you already know the certificate number, use this secure online order form:
           Request a Certified Birth Certificate Online
           Request a Certified Death Certificate Online
           Request a Certified Marriage Certificate Online 
    NOTE: The requested certificate copies will be sent via regular mail; there is not an e-mail service for vital records.

  2. MAIL ORDER

    Download this form and follow the instructions provided:
          Request a Search and/or Certified Birth Certificate by Mail - (in PDF)
          Request a Search and/or Certified Death Certificate by Mail - (in PDF)
          Request a Search and/or Certified Marriage Certificate by Mail - (in PDF)

  3. IN-PERSON

    You may search for birth, death and marriage records in-person at the Municipal Archives. All birth, death, and marriage records, and the indexes that pertain to them, are on microfilm for easy access. There is no charge to use the microfilm. Certified copies may be ordered over-the-counter and printed while you wait. The fee is $11.00 per copy. There is not a self-service copy service for vital records. Our hours are available here.
    TELEPHONE ORDERS FOR VITAL RECORDS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. 

SPECIAL OFFER: Order a full-color HEIRLOOM COPY of any vital record 

 RECEIVE A COPY BY MAIL: 

VITAL RECORD YEARS AGENCY IN CHARGE REQUEST A COPY
Birth Certificate prior to 1910 Department of Records  Form and Instructions
  1910 - present Department of Health  Visit the Department of Health
Death Certificate prior to 1949 Department of Records  Form and Instructions
  1949 - present Department of Health Visit the Department of Health
Marriage Certificate prior to 1930 Department of Records  Form and Instructions
  1930 - present Office of the City Clerk Visit the Office of the City Clerk