Application process: New York City

Identification process in New York City

The Health Department of New York City requires applicants, once they have completed the application form, to prove their identity by including a photocopy of their ID and notarizing the “application form”.This process is very common and used by many states. Please refer to our Notarized Process Page to know more about this process. We have analyzed and processed this document to be a part of your application packet. You will simply need to bring your ID to a public notary in order to have this document created.

Acceptable document of identification are:

Provide one (1) of the following identification documents:

  • Photo driver's license
  • State Id
  • Us/Foreign Passport
  • Military Identification Card
  • School Identification Card
  • Private Company Employment Identification card
OR

Provide two (2) of the following identification documents:

  • Utility bills
  • Veterans Affairs card
  • Bank Statement
  • Medical/Medicare insurance card
  • Income tax return

You must also include a return envelope.

Who may apply for birth or death certificate?

Please see the following list of person authorized to order a vital record:

Birth
  • Person on records
  • Parent
  • Legal guardian
Death
  • Spouse
  • Parent
  • Child
  • Sibling
  • Grand parent
  • Grand child
  • Legal guardian

Please note: If you can provide documentation of legal interest, or if you are holding a Power of Attorney from the person on record, you are eligible to request the vital record for that person.

How Long Will Birth Certificate Delivery Take?

It will take about 5 to 6 business weeks to get your birth certificate.The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.

How Long Will Death Certificate Delivery Take?

It will take about 5 to 6 business weeks to get your death certificate.The state needs ample time to process the number of inquiries they receive. Delays may vary depending on the volume being processed.

How Can I Pay For My Certificate Application?

The State of New York City accepts the following payment:

Please address this payment to: NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene

New York City State Fee: Birth $15, Death $15

This fee will change if you order more than one copy or request rush processing.