Order Your New York (NY) Birth Certificate Online

Don’t waste time applying at your local government office! Order your certified New York (NY) birth certificate right now from the comfort of your own home.

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New York Birth Certificate Ordering Process

1. Fill out our simple birth certificate application

Our streamlined application form takes just a few minutes to fill out, and you can complete it fully online. No trip to your local government office and no long lines to stand in.

2. Let our experts review your application and assemble your application package.

We’ll make sure your information is correct and that your application will be accepted. Your application package will include all of the documents and instructions you will need to get your birth certificate.

3. Get your Birth Certificate

You’ll send in your application package, then sit back and wait for your birth certificate to be mailed straight to your home.

Get a Certified Copy of Your Birth Certificate

A birth certificate is an important document to have. It allows you to prove your identity, age and American citizenship, which is vital when applying for things like passports, driver’s licenses, and government benefits. You may also need it to enroll in school or sign up for the military. To request an authorized copy, you will need to submit an application to the state and/or specific county you were born in.

To get a certified copy of your New York birth certificate, simply complete our online form then follow the detailed instructions we provide to submit your application and have your birth certificate mailed straight to your home.

You’ll need to fill out the application with the following information:

  • Full, legal name at birth
  • Gender at birth
  • Place and date of birth
  • Why you need the certificate
  • Your parents’ full names, including your mother’s maiden name

However, before you apply for a copy of your birth certificate, you should know the differences between the two types that New York offers: informational or certified.

Certified copies will always have the registrar’s raised, embossed, impressed or multicolored seal, the registrar’s signature, and the date the certificate was originally filed. This is the only type that can be used for official purposes.

An informational copy clearly states: “Informational, not a valid document to establish identity”. It will generally contain less information that the certified copy and cannot be used for any official or legal purposes.

You should be aware that, starting October 1st, 2021, you must have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or ID card to fly within the U.S. or enter a federal facility. There are some additional requirements to get a REAL ID. You will have to prove both your citizenship and identity, and the easiest way to do this is with a certified copy of your birth certificate.

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Who is eligible to apply?

Birth records are restricted in New York. You can only apply for a birth certificate for yourself, your child, or an immediate family member. You may also apply on behalf of an individual if you are their legal guardian or legal representative, or you have a court order.

Your New York birth certificate is an important form of identification that you may need in order to start a new job, apply for or renew a passport or driver’s license, apply for government benefits, or sign up for school or sports.

New York Birth Certificate Requirements

To apply for a copy of a New York birth certificate, you will need to fill out an application and mail it to the New York vital records office. You will also need to prove your identity by including a clear photocopy, of both sides, of one of the forms of photo ID listed below, along with your completed application form.

  • U.S. driver’s license
  • State-issued ID card
  • U.S. Passport

If you are applying for a birth certificate for someone other than yourself or your child, you must include proof of your relationship to the person on record.

Mail your complete application package to:

New York State Department of Health

Vital Records Section/Certification Unit

P.O. Box 2602

Albany, NY 12220-2602

New York Birth Certificate Fees

New York charges a $30 fee to apply for a birth certificate. You must include the full payment with your application.

Processing Time for a New York Birth Certificate

Our online service lets you skip the long lines and red tape at your local government office, saving you time and hassle. Simply complete our short application, wait for our experts to assemble your application package, then follow the included instructions to submit your application to the New York vital records office. Once it’s processed, the vital records office will mail your birth certificate to you. In most cases, birth certificate applications in New York are processed within 10-12 weeks. However, applications may take longer during peak request periods. Rush service is available, for an additional fee, and rush service times are usually 2-4 weeks.

If you need a certified copy of your New York birth certificate, we recommend applying early to avoid delays. This will ensure that you get your certificate in time to apply for travel documents and passports, enroll in school or sign up for a sport, or start a new job.

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New York Vital Records offices

The following Vital Records offices and New York County Recorders can issue certified birth certificate copies. However, you may experience faster processing times at a more rural or smaller county office.

New York Vital Records offices

Suffolk County

310 Center Dr S, Riverhead, NY 11901, USA

Nassau County

Nassau County Clerk, 240 Old Country Rd, Mineola, NY 11501, USA

Westchester County

Westchester County Clerk, 110 Dr.Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, White Plains, NY 10601, USA

Erie County

Erie County Clerk, 92 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY 14202, USA

Monroe County

740 E Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623, USA

FAQs about New York Birth Certificates

How do I apply for a birth certificate copy in New York?

Our online application is the fastest way to apply for a certified copy of your New York birth certificate. All you have to do is:

  • Fill out the New York birth certificate application online. Our experts will review your application and make sure it is error-free, so your birth certificate can be issued directly.
  • Print, sign and pack your completed form, along with photocopies of your government-issued photo ID (see acceptable ID’s above).
  • Mail your application to the New York vital records office, along with all required documents and

The New York Bureau of Vital Statistics will process your application and send your birth certificate to your home address.

How long does it take to get a New York birth certificate?

Processing time for a certified copy of a New York birth certificate may vary depending on how you apply:

  • Mail-in orders take approximately 10-12 weeks.
  • Rush service is available and takes 2-4 weeks.
  • In-person applications usually require you to wait in line at your local office. You can contact your vital records office to enquire about operating hours and wait times.

To get the quickest turnaround time and avoid delays:

  • Fill out our online birth certificate application.
  • Our experts will verify your form to make sure it is error-free and will be accepted.
  • Follow the personalized instructions to submit your application and have your official New York birth certificate mailed to your home.

How much is a birth certificate in New York?

To get a certified copy of a New York birth certificate, you will have to pay the state fee of $30.

Birth certificate application fees must be paid when submitting your application.

We recommend that you order multiple copies of your birth certificate, to ensure that you always have one available when you need it.

What documents do I need to get my birth certificate?

To apply for a certified copy of a birth certificate in New York, you will need:

  • A completed birth certificate application Our experts will review your form and check for errors.
  • Photocopies of both sides of a government-issued photo ID (see list of acceptable IDs above)
  • Payment of $30 for the state

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We take your privacy seriously. Our online service is completely secure and all of your data will be encrypted.

Personalized Service

We have a team of highly trained experts who will personally review your application and make sure that it is correct and will get you what you need. Your application will be accepted the first time and processed without delays.

ID Verification

Your application package will include detailed information and instructions. If your state requires you to send proof of identification, we will let you know and show you exactly what you need to send in with your application.

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