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.
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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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
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 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 - 7.50||Rockland County - 16.65|
|Ulster County - 8.27||Jefferson County - 16.59|
|Dutchess County - 8.55||Kings County - 15.52|
|Ontario County - 9.08||Bronx County - 14.54|
|Saratoga County - 9.73||Orange 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:
|St. Lawrence County||52.28|
|New York County||42.35|
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