New York Birth Records Search

New York’s State Department of Health maintains birth certificates for the state except for the five boroughs of New York City (Manhattan, Kings, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island). If you need a New York birth records search and were born in those areas, you must contact the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Only you or your parents may obtain a copy of your New York birth record except if a court order is issued then a spouse, child, sibling or other people can get a copy.

You must prove your identity when requesting a NY birth records and a copy of your certificate. You can do that with the following forms of photo ID:

  • Driver’s license.
  • Passport.
  • Military ID.
  • State-issued photo ID.

If you cannot produce one of the above, you can provide two of the following instead:

  • Utility or phone bills with current address.
  • A letter from a government agency dated within the past six months.

You must fill out an application, and you will need the following information:

  • Full name of the baby on birth record.
  • Date of birth.
  • Town of birth.
  • Hospital.
  • Mother’s maiden name.
  • Father’s full name.
  • Your purpose for the copy.
  • How many copies you need.
  • Your signature.

Types of NY Birth Records

The State offers only one type of New York birth records, and that is a certified copy. You can use your certified copy as legal proof of your identity when applying for government permits, to school, the military or to get a passport or driver’s license. You can, however, choose a regular or wallet size certificate when ordering.

State Population

It is the 4th largest state in the country with a population of 19.86 million. New York City is the largest in the nation with more than 43% of the people living there.

The state is rich with cultural history and diverse in an ethnic population with many people from different nationalities and religions co-existing within the state including people who are Portuguese, German, Dutch, Russian, Swedish and Greek.

It was one of the original 13 States.

State Population
1 birth every 135 seconds

1 death every 203 seconds

Population change from 2010-2016

Population by Gender

There are more women than men in New York. The total population of New York is estimated at 19,836,286 people with 9,628,336 male and 10,207,950 female. There are 579,614 more more women than men in the state, which is 51.46% of the total population.

The New York Gender Ratio is 94 men to 100 women (99:100) or 0.94. State’s gender ratio is lower than the national average of 97 men to 100 women (97:100) or 0.97.

Gender ratio in 2016


Total population in 2016


Timeline of male/female population from 2010-2016

New York Birth Statistics

The state's birth rate decreased to 11.15 births per 1,000 population in 2016 with 234,283 total births — the lowest in New York history, and lower than the national birth rate - 11.95 births per 1000 women. The total number of births for 2016 was 234,283, 5.94% of the number of nationwide registered births.

State Birth Rate

Top 5 States with Lower/Higher Birth Rates than New York

Top 5 states with a lower birth rate than New York Top 5 states with a higher birth rate than New York
New Jersey - 10.92Utah - 16.47
Maine - 9.84Louisiana - 13.78
Pennsylvania - 10.51New Mexico - 11.82
Vermont - 9.35South Dakota - 14.32
Oregon - 11.05Ohio - 11.34

Top 5 Counties in New York with the lowest/highest Birth Rate

Top 5 counties in New York with the lowest birth rate Top 5 counties in New York with the highest birth rate
Tompkins County - 7.50Rockland County - 16.65
Ulster County - 8.27Jefferson County - 16.59
Dutchess County - 8.55Kings County - 15.52
Ontario County - 9.08Bronx County - 14.54
Saratoga County - 9.73Orange County - 13.17

Fertility Rate in NY

In New York the fertility rate based on historical data went from 59.45 to 57.75 from 2010-2016, and currently is lower than the crude fertility rate of the US - 58.56 births per 1000 women. The state reproductive age of the mother has seen an increase during the last 6 years, going from 28.47 to 29.37.

State fertility rate timeline with the average age of mother

Fertility Rate By County

The top reproductive counties of New York are Rockland County - 92.44, Jefferson County - 87.38 and Orange County - 70.91. For the fertility rates of the rest of the counties, please see the table below:

County Fertility rate
Kings County67.78
Bronx County64.91
Queens County61.91
Oneida County61.27
Schenectady County60.23
Oswego County59.87
Richmond County59.35
Chautauqua County58.81
Nassau County57.91
Suffolk County57.41
Onondaga County56.94
Niagara County56.68
Westchester County56.44
Erie County56.4
Rensselaer County56.27
Saratoga County54.14
Monroe County54.02
Broome County52.72
Ontario County52.55
St. Lawrence County52.28
Ulster County46.69
Dutchess County46.44
Albany County45.75
New York County42.35
Tompkins County28.62

State Average Birth Weight and LMP Gestational Age

Where to Obtain a New York Birth Certificate

New York State charges $30 for a birth certificate. For expedited service, you can pay an additional $15 per copy.

If you mail in your application, you can pay with only a check or money order made out to New York State Department of Health.

Mail orders usually take between 10-12 weeks for processing. If you purchase expedited service, the wait time is 2-4 weeks.

If you order via performing New York birth records search online or via phone, you can expect a copy within 5-10 days.

For priority mail service send your paperwork to:

New York State Department of Health Vital Records Certification Unit, 800 North Pearl Street, Menands, NY 12204

For regular processing send your paperwork to the New York State Department of Health, Vital Records Certification Unit, P.O. Box 2602, Albany, NY 12220-2602

New York Department of Public Health

Cost of copy: $30.00
Organization: Certification Unit
Address:Vital Records Section/2nd floor; 800 North Pearl Street, Menands, NY 12204
Remarks: State office has records since 1880. For records before 1914 in Albany, Buffalo, and Yonkers, or before 1880 in any other city, write to Registrar of Vital Statistics in city where event occurred. For the rest of the State, except New York City, write to State office. 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. To verify current fees, the telephone number is 1-855-322-1022. This will be a recorded message. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the New York State Department of Health website. For all types of State and local issued copies, the applicant is required to provide government issued photo identification..