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Certificate Information

The New York Department of Health houses most of the states vital records dating back all the way to 1881 for many records. Records are available by mail, phone, or the internet. The fee for a search with a single certified copy is $30 dollars and an additional $15 dollars for expedited service. Phone and internet searches have a higher priority and have an additional $7.50 fee on top of the expided fee. Records not found from this department might be found at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

New York State Department of Health
Vital Records Section
Certification Unit
800 North Pearl Street
P.O. Box 2602
Menands, NY 12204

Birth Certificate Application (PDF)
Death Certificate Application (PDF)

The vital records department can issue certificates for most of New York except for those granted in New York City. Those records are only available from the New York City Marriage Bureau. Records from the NYC Marriage Bureau are quite a bit cheaper than those from the state as $15 dollars for a search and one copy and $10 dollars each additional copy.

City Clerk
New York City Marriage Bureau
141 Worth Street
New York, NY 10013

Marriage Certificate Application (PDF)
NYC Marriage Certificate Application (PDF)
Divorce Certificate Application (PDF)

Adoption Records

In New York, all adult aged adoptees are allowed to access al non-identifying information from their birth parents including general appearance, religion, occupation, education and race without consent. Medical records require the consent and the registration of the birth parents or birth siblings. Identifying information can only be given if both living birth parents register and agree to receiving contact.

Adoption Information Registry
New York State Department of Health
P.O. Box 2602
Albany, NY 12220-2602

• Adoptee Registration
• Birth Parent Registration
• Sibling Registration

Property Records

Real property information include tax valuations, parcel information and property records for the major counties around NYC are consolidated into the NYC applications. Surrounding areas are mantained by individual county governments.

New York City Tax Maps
New York City Property Records and Parcel Search
Suffolk County GIS Maps
Nassau County Land Records Viewer
Westchester County Tax Parcels
Erie County Real Property Search
Monroe County Real Property Application
Onondaga County Property Tax
Orange County Parcel Information