The Health Department issues two types of certificates to eligible individuals. Applications (PDF)must be submitted in person or by mail. These certificates cost $15 each and cannot be ordered online. The certificate type depends on information submitted by the hospital or midwife, based on their best clinical estimates of gestation.
Certificate of Spontaneous Termination of Pregnancy (Miscarriages)
This document certifies the death of a fetus that occurred before or during the 20th week of gestation.
Certificate of Still Birth
This document certifies the still birth of a fetus that occurred after the 20th week of gestation. Certificates of still birth can be obtained only by the following:
- Parent(s) named on the certificate
- If both parent(s) are deceased at the time of stillbirth, the aunts, uncles and grandparents of the birth parent(s)
Note: If your child was born with some evidence of life such as a heartbeat or voluntary muscle movement, the infant will have both a birth certificate (PDF) and a death certificate (PDF). You must apply separately for these certificates.
Correcting Miscarriage & Still Birth Certificates
Use the birth certificate correction application. There are no fees for these corrections.
- To submit a still birth certificate correction, you must be a parent named on the certificate or, if both parents are deceased at the time of still birth, an aunt, uncle or grandparent.
- To submit a miscarriage (spontaneous termination of pregnancy) certificate correction, you must be a parent.
- Funeral directors may also apply for these corrections.
Burials at the City Cemetery
In New York City, if private funeral arrangements are not made, remains of stillborn infants more than 24 weeks gestation are sent for burial to the City cemetery on Hart Island, commonly known as Potter's Field, by the Office of the City Medical Examiner. To get information on visiting your infant’s remains, please call the NYC Department of Correction (DOC) at 718-546-1500 or visit the DOC website, which includes a searchable database of persons buried on the island.
Database Search Tips:
- For deaths before 2011: use mother's maiden name
- For deaths in 2011 and onward: use mother's legal name or infant name