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 record 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 New York birth record search 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 New York Birth Records

New York State offers only one type of New York birth record, 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.

New York Population

New York 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.

New York 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.

New York 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
Massachusetts - 9.74Louisiana - 13.78
Florida - 10.28Arkansas - 13.07
Rhode Island - 9.04Nebraska - 13.93
Oregon - 11.05North Carolina - 12.09
Connecticut - 9.29Missouri - 12.47

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
Ulster County - 8.27Rockland County - 16.65
Dutchess County - 8.55Jefferson County - 16.59
Ontario County - 9.08Kings County - 15.52
Saratoga County - 9.73Bronx County - 14.54
St. Lawrence County - 9.84Orange County - 13.17

New York Fertility Rate

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 - 92.44, Jefferson - 87.38 and Orange - 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
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 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: 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: The State office has records since July 1905. For earlier records, contact the County Recorder in the county where the event occurred. A personal check or money order should be made payable to CDPH Vital Records. Please do not send cash. To verify current fees, the telephone number is (916) 445-2684. This will be a recorded message, with an option to talk to a customer service representative. Information on how to obtain certified copies is also available via the New York Department of Public Health website. In order to obtain a Certified Copy you MUST complete the sworn statement included with the birth certificate application form, sign the statement under penalty of perjury and, your sworn statement must be notarized. If your request indicates that you want a Certified Copy but does not include a notarized statement sworn under penalty of perjury, the request will be rejected as incomplete and returned to you without being processed. If you request a Certified Informational Copy of the record, a notarized sworn statement is not required. Please refer to the CDPH website for further information about Informational Copies. Effective November 1, 2013, CDPH - Vital Records is no longer embossing certified copies of records.