The Health Department issues long-form pre-adoption birth certificates for adopted people who were born in NYC.
You can order a pre-adoption certificate if:
When you receive your pre-adoption certificate, it will be clearly marked as a record from a sealed file. In addition, you will also receive a copy of any documents related to the adoption that are currently on file with the pre-adoption birth certificate, such as the adoption order. You do not have to submit a separate application to get adoption-related documents that may be on file with the pre-adoption birth certificate.
To be entitled to the pre-adoption birth certificate, you must also submit birth certificates showing a link back to the person whose pre-adoption birth certificate you are requesting.
In addition to a signed and notarized application, descendants of a deceased adoptee must also include in their request:
You must also submit birth certificates showing a link back to the person whose pre-adoption birth certificate you are requesting.
The fastest way to order your pre-adoption certificate is to order online through VitalChek. Only the adoptee can place an order online. The processing time for every Pre-Adoption application (no matter how you order) is six weeks.
The adoptee must apply and provide the information as it currently appears on their birth certificate.
If you are ordering the pre-adoption birth certificate of a direct line descendant who is deceased, or if you are a lawful representative of an entitled applicant, your submit your order by mail.
For mailed requests, you must include:
Along with your completed request, we will include a copy of any adoption-related documents that are on file.
If you are adopted, or if you placed a child for adoption, or if you are the biological sibling of an adopted person, you may wish to learn more about your birth family. The New York State Health Department’s Adoption Information Registry can help and even facilitate a reunion.
For more information, visit the New York State Adoption Information Registry.
Orders from Lawful Representatives
An attorney can request the pre-adoption long-form birth certificate on behalf of a living adoptee. If the adoptee is deceased, an attorney hired on behalf of a direct line descendant can also request the certificate.
If you are an attorney, you must submit the above items, as well as: