New York Vital Records - Births, Deaths & Marriages

Learn how and where to obtain birth, marriage, and death certificates and records in New York, including the dates for which New York vital records are available, where they are located, and links to online New York state vital records databases.

New York Vital Records:

 

Certification Unit
Vital Records Section/2nd floor
800 North Pearl Street
Menands, NY 12204
Phone: 518-474-3075

What You Need to Know:
Personal check or money order should be made payable to New York State Department of Health.

Payment of mail order copies submitted from foreign countries must be made by a check drawn on a United States bank or by an international money order. A copy of government issued photo ID is required with your request. Call or visit the Web site to verify current fees. Priority handling is available for an extra $15.00 per certificate.

Web site: New York State Vital Records

 

New York Birth Records:

 

Dates: From 1881

Cost of copy: $30.00 certified; $22.00 non-certified genealogy copy

Comments: The New York State Department of Health provides copies of certificates for genealogy use for births that took place in New York State outside of the five boroughs of New York City (except for births occurring in Queens and Richmond counties for the years 1881 through 1897). Records on file date back to 1881, EXCEPT for records filed in Albany, Buffalo and Yonkers prior to 1914. Applications for records prior to 1914 for these cities must be made directly to the local office, not NY State Vital Records.

Uncertified birth certificates for genealogy use are available if the certificate has been on file for at least 75 years and the person whose name is on the birth certificate is known to be deceased. The time periods are waived if the applicant is a direct-line descendant (child, grandchild, or great-grandchild, not niece, nephew or cousin) and the applicant can provide proof of death.

The $22 fee for a genealogy copy covers a 3-year search. Be warned - genealogy requests can take up to five months or more!
Application for a Certified New York Birth Certificate
Genealogy Application for Uncertified New York Birth Certificate

* Some upstate cities began recording some births a few years prior to 1881: Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Elmira, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Yonkers. You may send your request directly to the local Registrar or Town Clerk of the city, town or village where the birth occurred.

If you are looking for births in the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Kings, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island): New York City Vital Records

Online:
New York Births and Christenings, 1640-1962
(index only, incomplete)

 

New York Death Records:

 

Dates: From 1880

Cost of copy: $30.00 certified; $22.00 non-certified genealogy copy

Comments: The New York State Department of Health provides copies of certificates for genealogy use for deaths that took place in New York State outside of the five boroughs of New York City. Records on file date back to 1881, EXCEPT for records filed in Albany, Buffalo and Yonkers prior to 1914. Applications for records prior to 1914 for these cities must be made directly to the local office, not NY State Vital Records.

Uncertified death certificates for genealogy use are available if the certificate has been on file for at least 50 years. The time periods are waived if the applicant is a direct-line descendant (child, grandchild, or great-grandchild, not niece, nephew or cousin). The $22 fee for a genealogy copy covers a 3-year search. Be warned - genealogy requests can take up to five months or more!
Application for a Certified New York Death Certificate
Genealogy Application for Uncertified New York Death Certificate

* Some upstate cities began recording some deaths a few years prior to 1880: Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Elmira, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Yonkers. You may send your request directly to the local Registrar or Town Clerk of the city, town or village where the birth occurred.

If you are looking for deaths in the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Kings, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island): New York City Vital Records

Online:
New York Deaths and Burials, 1795-1952
(index only, incomplete)

 

New York Marriage Records:

 

Dates: From 1880

Cost of copy: $30.00 certified; $22.00 non-certified genealogy copy

Comments: The New York State Department of Health provides copies of certificates for genealogy use for marriages that took place in New York State outside of the five boroughs of New York City. Records on file date back to 1881, EXCEPT for records filed in Albany, Buffalo and Yonkers prior to 1914. Applications for records prior to 1914 for these cities must be made directly to the local office, not NY State Vital Records. Uncertified marriage certificates for genealogy use are available if the certificate has been on file for at least 50 years, and the bride and groom are both known to be deceased. The time periods are waived if the applicant is a direct-line descendant (child, grandchild, or great-grandchild, not niece, nephew or cousin). The $22 fee for a genealogy copy covers a 3-year search. Be warned - genealogy requests can take up to five months or more!
Application for a Certified New York Marriage Certificate
Genealogy Application for Uncertified New York Marriage Certificate

* Some upstate cities began recording some marriages a few years prior to 1880: Albany, Binghamton, Buffalo, Elmira, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Yonkers. You may send your request directly to the local Registrar or Town Clerk of the city, town or village where the birth occurred.

If you are looking for marriages in the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Kings, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island): New York City Vital Records

Online:
New York, County Marriages, 1908-1935
(index & images)

 

New York Divorce Records:

 

Dates: From 1847

Cost of copy: $30.00

Comments: The New York State Department of Health holds divorce records from January 1963.


Application for a Record of Divorce or Dissolution

For divorce records from 1847-1963, contact the County Clerk in the county where the divorce was granted. Keep in mind, however, that New York divorce files are sealed for one hundred years. A few divorce decrees granted by the Court of Chancery from 1787-1847 are available in the New York State Archives.

 

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