Birth and Death Records

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The Health Department issues certificates to people who are born or who die in New York City. You can also correct an issued birth or death certificate.

Apply

  • Online through VitalChek. This is the fastest way to get a certificate.
    • Note: You cannot request a certificate correction online.
    • If you ordered a certificate through an unauthorized vendor you could be charged unnecessary fees to get a certificate.

  • By Mail. Note, mailed requests take longer to process than online and in-person requests.

  • In Person. All in-person orders require an appointment. Before going to apply in person, you must schedule an appointment online.
    • If you are unable to schedule an appointment and have an emergency request related to health care coverage, government services, military, housing or employment, email nycdohvr@health.nyc.gov or call 311. For help scheduling an appointment for a correction or amendment, email correctionsunit2@health.nyc.gov or call 311.

Note: Certificate corrections can only be made in person or by mail, and each method takes the same amount of time to process.


Check Status

You can track the status of your order online. The Office of Vital Records is not liable for correspondence delayed or lost in the mail.

Processing Times

In addition to the below processing times for each type of order, delivery by mail may require two more weeks.

  • Applications Online: Two to three weeks
  • Applications for Birth or Death Certificates Requested by Mail: Four to five weeks
  • Corrections by Mail or In Person: 12 weeks
  • Complimentary Certificates for Newborns (born within the past 30 days): Four weeks after birth
  • Pre-adoption Certificate by Mail or Online: Six weeks

If the relevant processing time has passed and you have not received your request, email nycdohvr@health.nyc.gov for orders or correctionsunit2@health.nyc.gov for corrections. You can also call 311.


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Contact Us

  • Call 311, or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) if you are calling from outside NYC.
    • Questions about certificates for newborns (born within the past 30 days): 646-632-6563

  • Email:
    • Questions about a certificate request: nycdohvr@health.nyc.gov
    • Questions about correcting or amending a certificate (include the order number, date you submitted it and how you placed the order): correctionsunit2@health.nyc.gov
    • In your email, be sure to include how you submitted the order (online, mail, in-person), the order number (if known, but required for online orders), the date the order was submitted and the reason for email.

  • Online: Chat with an operator, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Visit in person: All in-person orders require an appointment. You can schedule an appointment here.
    Office of Vital Records
    125 Worth Street
    Manhattan (use the entrance on Lafayette Street)