New York Public Records: How to obtain public records in New York

The New York Municipal Archives has a comfortable self-service facility for any person who would like to research public records. If you prefer having someone assist you rather than searching for the information yourself, there is a $15 search fee applicable.

If you do wish to search for the records yourself, you will find everything you need to do so. However, if you wish to have certified copies of the records these will cost an additional fee which must be paid before you can receive the records.

If you would prefer to order the records from the comfort of home and mail in your fee, you can access the record from the New York website:
You may also print the forms in advance to have them ready to go when you arrive at the Municipal Archives. Fees will be charges for all certified copies. Checks and money orders should be made payable to: New York Department of State Health.
Certificates can be acquired:

By mail – You may mail in your forms to the address below. Be sure to include photocopies of your ID and any fees you are requested to pay for the certified copies.
Certification Unit
Vital Records Section/2nd floor
800 North Pearl Street
Menands, NY 12204

Electronically – Many of the records are available for free online at:

Questions – You can reach an automated system (212) 788-4520 which will give you any information and details you might have.

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